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Smartphone Rumours: The HTC Edge in 2012?

HTC’s newest Smartphone addition, the HTC Edge, is fuelling yet more mobile rumours and a 2012 release date is seen as likely.

The handset, which many feel may help HTC to re-establish themselves as the leading Android users, will be packed with a number of great features for its users. The phone is alleged to have a 1.5GHz processor running the popular Google operating system – although details over what version of it will be used have not been released.

Alongside this, the optical display of the phone will be sized at a fairly large 4.7 inches, with 720p HD display. This will make the HTC Edge one of the first phones to provide users with high definition, following the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – the HD Smartphone rumoured for release later this month.

However, the HTC Edge will offer a different form of screen technology, utilising optical lamination. This technology has been used in the iPhone4 and iPhone 4S and sees an LCD panel bonded to the cover glass. The intention is to create a screen which appears to be “floating” under the glass of the phone and eliminating the chance of dust particles getting stuck between the two surfaces.

Connectivity and Features 

Details over what will be offered with the HTC Edge have already begun to circulate. The latest version of the manufacturer’s touch-screen technology, HTC Sense 4.0, will be used to make operating the device easy and intuitive.

A 720p front-facing camera will characterise the phone, whilst Beats Audio technology, a service recently incorporated into the HTC Sensation XE, will also be offered as standard. The rear facing camera will have a 28mm lens capable of 1080p HD recording and 8 megapixel photo resolution.

Bluetooth 4.0 and 21Mdps HSDPA will also be features of the phone.

Physical Specifications

The phone will be just 8.8mm thick and, unlike other recent Smartphone models, there will be no expandable memory supplied via a micro-SD slot. The removal of this could perhaps explain the extremely thin nature of the model and leaves customers with a fairly average 32GB of built-in storage.

The HTC Edge is rumoured to be the world’s first “quad-core” Smartphone, something which will be provided by the NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor rumoured to be used in the phone.