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HTC Edge – what you need to know

With so much talk of Apple and Samsung in the smartphone market, it can be easy to forget about one of their closest rivals – HTC.

And like Samsung and Apple, HTC had a strong year in 2011, overtaking Nokia to become the third biggest smartphone manufacturer in terms of market value.

And popular phones like the HTC Sensation, HTC Titan and the HTC Desire have earned the Taiwan-based company a loyal fan base.

Now HTC has Samsung and Apple in its sights, with rumours of a new phone that is set to blow all others out of the water.

That’s right, we’re talking about the HTC Edge – one of the most talked-about non-existent phones in years.

We say non-existent, but that’s only because we’ve had nothing in the way of fact from HTC. When it comes to rumours and speculation, we’ve been positively spoilt.

Whether these rumours are correct will be seen pretty soon, with HTC expected to officially unveil the Edge at Mobile World Congress next month. So what can we expect?

HTC Edge processor

Rumours abound that the HTC Edge is going to feature an ultra-powerful Tegra 3 processor, boasting four 1.5GHz chips.

If this is the case, the HTC Edge will be the world’s first quad-core smartphone – blowing the others out of the water. Having said that, rumours are circulating that we will see a quad-core processor on the Samsung Galaxy S3.

HTC Edge display

The Edge is reported to feature a bumper 4.7 inch capacitive touchscreen, delivering a 1280 x 720 resolution.

And it also looks like we’ll be getting an 8MP camera with LED flash and 1080p video, enough to rival most other smartphones out there.

HTC Edge release date

We’ve been expecting the Edge to be unveiled in the early stages of 2012 for a while now, so Mobile World Congress seems like the perfect opportunity.

As for a UK release, it’s unlikely that HTC will want to wait long, especially given that Samsung is gearing up to unleash the Galaxy S3.