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Quad-core round-up: The biggest and best phones of MWC 2012

We take a look at the HTC One X, ZTE Era, LG Optimus 4X HD and Huawei Ascend D Quad in our round up of the biggest phones announced at Mobile World Congress 2012.

Mobile World Congress always shines the spotlight on a select few devices, and usually every year a new piece of technology is showcased, showing us the direction in which the mobile industry is heading. This time around we’ve seen announcements left, right and centre for quad-core devices. Most of the phones we’re going to cover will be packing a Tegra 3 chip, and with it, a new era of Android phone has been unleashed. What next for the most versatile mobile OS?


The HTC One X sports a familiar, and standard, HTC design. With curved edges and three touch-sensitive buttons below the display, the One X will also ship with Android 4.0.

As well as packing the quad-core Tegra 3 chip, clocking in at 1.5GHz, the Taiwanese manufacturer has also opted for a giant 4.7″ Super LCD display. You’ll also find a coating of Gorilla Glass and a 1280×720 resolution to boot. The One X won’t be a contender for the thinnest phone on the market, but at 9.27 mm, it isn’t flabby either. Media wise, the One X is kittied out with the latest in Beats technology and a 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p HD playback.

The One X will be HTC's first flagship phone of the year

What might put some people, however, is the lack of an expandable memory slot. There is a decent 32GB of internal storage on-board, and HTC are offering 25GB of space on Dropbox, but not being able to kit out your new device with a microSD seems a step in the wrong direction.


Out of the four quad-core phones we’re taking a look at, the ZTE Era seems to be the budget option on the list. But that isn’t to say the specs are as budget as you might expect from such a small company.

You’ll find a quad-core Tegra 3 chip powering the device, clocking in at 1.3GHz, as well Android 4.0 ready and raring to go. The ZTE Era will be sporting a 4.3-inch screen, 960×540 display and will also benefit from an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video recording. The ZTE Era might not boast the specs that will match its quad-core rivals, but it’s the thinnest on our list, coming in at a slender 7.8mm.

On first impressions, the ZTE Era looks set to be at the lower end of the quad-core phone era, but if they manage to get the price right, then they could potentially be on to a winner here.

LG Optimus 4X HD

Korean phone makers LG have certain pushed the boat out to bring an aesthetically pleasing flagship device, and the Optimus 4X HD certainly delivers. The device is jet black, with the front of the device including only a razor thing bezel, and there are three almost invisible capacitive touchscreen buttons. The back of the device is coated in a mock leather, making the device a lot easier to hold.

Similarly to the HTC One X, the 4X HD has a 4.7-inch screen, 1280×720 resolution and is powered by the quad-core Tegra 3 chip. Those looking for a taste of Ice Cream Sandwich will be in luck, as the 4X HD ships with the latest Android OS update.

Other details that have been confirmed, are that the Optimus 4X HD will include 16GB of internal storage, and an 8-megapixel camera with a fancy sounding Backside Illumination Sensor (BSI). The device is also packing a 2150mAh which should be enough to power the phone for a decent period of time.

Huawei Ascend D Quad

Huawei’s devices constantly fly under the radar in the mobile industry, when in fact, they’re manufacturing reliable and good quality devices on a constant basis. Their latest device is a sure-fire sign that Huawei are going all out to become one of the more recognised brands in the industry.

The Ascend D sports a 4.5-inch display with a 1280×720 display, making it a 720p panel. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the rear of the device, and a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front for those long distance Skype calls. The device will ship with Android 4.0, and measures in at a sleek 8.9mm.

Instead of going with the quad-core Tegra 3 chip that has been included in the other devices we’ve taken a look at, the Ascend D will pack Huawei’s own quad-core chip, the KV32.