Just like 2011 was the year of the dual-core Tegra 2 chip in the world of Android tablets, 2012 is shaping up to be all about quad-core Tegra 3 tablets.
Last week we had the official launch of the Asus Eee Pad Transforer Prime as well reports of Tegra 3 devices from Lenovo and Acer. We also heard rumours of a 10.1in Tegra 3 device from HTC and website PocketNow has got its hands on more specs and an images of the tablet, codenamed the Quattro.
While the image itself tells us little, looking as it does like a render of a generic HTC tablet of indeterminate size, the specs do give us a better indication of just what we can expect from the Quattro.
The 10.1in screen will have a resolution of 1280x768 pixels while inside it will have the same AP30 Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip which is reported to reside inside the HTC Edge - reported to be the world’s first quad-core smartphone.
The HTC Quattro will have 1GB of RAM with 16GB of local storage expandable via microSD card. Connectivity will be handled by Bluetooth 4.0 and 5GHz Wi-Fi as well as all the sensors you would expect from a premium tablet.
Strangely the rear camera will only have a 2 megapixel sensor (complimented by a 1.3 megapixel camera front-facing camera) however as we are still to be convinced about the need for cameras on tablets, it’s not much of a sticking point for us.
Also rumoured to be included in the package is a HD version of the HTC Watch app and a complimentary Dropbox account for more storage in the cloud. Also expected is an updated HTC Scribe pen system, hopefully this time with a place to store the pen on the tablet.
The HTC Quattro should come with the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich, which should by then be the default tablet and smartphone version.
We expect HTC to reveal this, along with the HTC Edge and one other phone (possibly the HTC Ville), at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next February and we’ll be there to bring you all the details as they are revealed.
Let us know in the comments what you think of the latest tablet from HTC and if you think quad-core Tegra 3 tablets will offer a major step up from the current generation of dual-core tablets.