The year 2013 is the year for enthusiasts and specs-conscious mobile owners. There will be a lot of devices to feature quad-core chips and most of them are flagships. We have aggregated all quad-core devices announced since January this year and there are already 21 devices that would surely be released in the first half.
We do not guarantee that these are the only quad-core devices announced within the first quarter. If we have missed other devices, do let us know by leaving comments below.
Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD
The One Touch Scribe HD is actually NOT Alacatel’s flagship for 2013. It sports MediaTek’s MT6589 chipset with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with integrated PowerVR SGX544 graphics processor. While its CPU is pretty impressive, there is a possibility that it will fall short on its RAM and internal memory because it only has 1GB RAM and 4GB built-in memory. Out of that 4GB internal storage, only 2GB is usable by users because the other half will be used for system apps and services.
We cannot actually blame people to think that quad-core devices are powerful in every way, some are not and Alcatel One Touch Scribe HD is one of those. While it has a 5-inch display, it only features 720 x 1280 pixels resolution using IPS LCD technology. You can expect pixel density of not more than 294 ppi. But I have to give credit to Alcatel for at least, making sure the device can last longer with its 2500mAh battery.
Reports suggest the phone will be released in April this year, although the exact date hasn’t been disclosed.
Alcatel One Touch Scribe X
Now, this is the company’s flagship for this year. Alcatel One Touch Scribe X also has a quad-core processor but it’s clocked at 1.4GHz. It wasn’t revealed if it is still a MediaTek chipset or not. One thing is for sure, though, the RAM stays the same at 1GB and the ROM at 4GB but like the Scribe HD, it also has a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB or external storage.
While it uses the same display technology with the HD variant, at least, Alcatel made it a point to feature a full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels). It has a 5-inch display and that would give us around 441 ppi pixel density. So, for this device, the display would be sharper and crisper than the one we first mentioned.
The release date of Alcatel One Touch Scribe X hasn’t been revealed yet, but it became official on January 7th. Most likely, April would be the perfect month for its release.
Huawei Ascend P2
Officially announced on February 24th, Huawei Ascend P2 will be released to compete in the high-end market with its 1.5GHz quad-core processor. But unlike other high-end devices, it would only feature 1GB of RAM. Considering the size of the operating system (Android 4.1.2) it will run on as well as the size of its own launcher, Emotion UI, there could only be around 800MB of RAM left for users to use.
It has an impressive display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution stretched on a 4.7-inch screen. Basically, users would get around 312 ppi. It does, however, have an impressive battery with 2420mAh capacity and considering it uses an energy-efficient LCD technology for its display, the battery could last almost a day of straight, moderate usage before a recharge is required.
With 13 megapixels camera sensor, its photos would surely be of high quality. The problem is there is not enough room to accommodate thousands of pictures because it only has 16GB of internal memory and without a microSD card slot. Nevertheless, Huawei did a great job in building this phone.
Huawei Ascend D2
The Huawei Ascend D2 is a smartphone-tablet hybrid. It has a 6-inch display with full HD resolution (1080 x 1920 pixels) and around 441ppi density with Super IPS LCD technology. Overall, this device has pretty impressive specs; 2GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 13MP camera, and 3000mAh battery.
Above all it has a quad-core processor enclosed in Hi-Silicon K3V2 chipset with Balong V7R1 graphics processor. It will operate on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and on top of that, the Emotion UI will make things better as far as appearance is concerned. So far, the device received considerably good reviews since it was released on January 16th.
Huawei Ascend Mate
Ascend Mate is just a little bigger than Ascend D2 with 6.1-inch display. It only has 720 x 1280 pixels resolution that would give users about 241 ppi. The display is powered by Intel XMM6260 graphics processor. With the same chipset as with Ascend D2, the device also has a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz complemented with its 2GB RAM.
It may have impressive hardware, it falls short as far as expandability is concerned. The 16GB internal memory may not be enough in the long run and that’s one of disadvantages for devices without a microSD card slot. It could also have been better if Huawei maintained the 13MP camera sensor which it used in the previous model of Ascend.
Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 LTE
One of the things that made the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (I’m talking about the first variant) stand out from the competition is its support for GSM voice communication, SMS and MMS not to mention it also supports 3G and Wi-Fi. The company didn’t want to let go of the fame its prime tablet built so it decided to release yet another variant and this time with 4G LTE support.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE pretty much has the same specs as with the first variant; 10.1-inch display with 800 x 1280 pixels resolution that gives around 149ppi, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, 5MP camera sensor, 7000mAh battery, and above all a quad-core processor in Samsung’s Exynos chip.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE has already been released earlier this month. Verizon and U.S. Cellular carriers in the United States confirmed to offer the tablet.
Sony Xperia Z
Released on February 9th, this Sony device already received good reviews primarily because of its specs not to mention the fact that it is water- and dust-proof. It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset with a quad-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and an integrated Adreno 320 graphics processor.
The Xperia Z is pretty much the company’s flagship for 2013 so it gets the best treatment. It has been given a 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory plus a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of external storage, 13.1-megapixel camera sensor, 5-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution that gives around 443 ppi, and a considerably huge battery with 2330mAh capacity.
Sony Xperia ZL
This device has the same specs as with the Xperia Z with slight differences. It is not a water-proof device and it’s back panel is made of glass fiber polymide; Xperia Z has glass rear panel. It is also thicker than the previous device perhaps because of the difference in materials used for the back panel. It’s battery is slightly higher than Xperia Z’s at 2370mAh.
Other than the things mentioned here, users couldn’t actually tell the difference between these two when put side-by-side.
ZTE Grand S
ZTE is among the fastest-growing electronics company in the world and for this year, it has a lot of treats for its customers. The ZTE Grand S, which comes with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz enclosed in a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, nears its release. According to reports, it is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of this year, although the exact date hasn’t been disclosed yet.
It is a 5-incher device with full HD resolution. It also allows snapping of better photos with its 13-megapixel camera sensor with capability of recording 1080p videos.
While its specs are impressive including a 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and a microSD card slot, it may fall short as far as battery is concerned because it only has 1780mAh. Nevertheless, the device is powerful with good design not to mention it will run on Android Jelly Bean OS.
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
Sony hasn’t been known to produce top-notch tablets but this year, it seems like the company would also fight for a bigger piece of the pie in the high-end tablet market. Announced on January 20th, Sony Xperia Tablet Z will impress the world when it’s released because it comes with really impressive specs including a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset with quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz.
While it uses a typical LCD technology, its display is also good with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution that gives around 224ppi pixel density. Behind it is the Adreno 320 graphics processor attached to the processor. Another thing that makes this tablet better is the fact that it sports 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal memory and a microSD card slot for expansion.
Other tablets may go as low as 5MP for their primary camera, the Xperia Tablet Z boasts of its 8MP camera. It is designed to be water- and dust-proof and it runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
LG Optimus G Pro
This is going to be LG’s flagship for this year and it is built to contest Samsung’s Galaxy S4. The device shows the company’s aggressiveness and determination to claim a larger portion of the smartphone market. The Optimus G Pro made quite a buzz when it was officially announced on February 12th but the noise died down when Samsung announced its flagship.
Basically, the Optimus G Pro sports the highest specs a device could get, at least, for the first half of this year. It’s not a surprise to everyone that the phone will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T with 1.7GHz quad-core Krait because it’s most powerful chip available for mobile devices today. What’s surprising is the company’s decision to compete in the “phablet” category by giving the device 5.5 inches display. But if there’s one thing LG has done so well for this device, that’s the battery–3140mAh.
Asus MeMO Pad Smart 10
As far as building tablets or hybrids is concerned, ASUS never fails its customers. The company’s Transformer line of devices was a great success and it seems this tablet, which features Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor, will also become successful.
Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10 has 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution using the IPS LCD technology. However, when compared with other tablets in the same category, it may be left behind with its 1GB RAM and 16GB built-in memory.
The LG Optimus G Pro is a worthy competitor to the Galaxy S4 but the toughest contender, well aside from iPhone 5S, would be HTC One. An HTC executive called Samsung’s flagship as “the next big flop” and he actually has a lot of reasons.
Many technology experts believe that when HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4 will be put side-by-side, the former can easily beat the latter in almost every way. Others, however, believe that it’s a matter of perspective which phone gains an upper hand over the other.
The HTC One, like the LG Optimus G Pro, uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chipset with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz. It has 2GB RAM, 32GB internal memory but without a microSD card slot.
With its 4.7-inch display, users would actually find pictures better, brighter and sharper in this phone than in the S4’s screen. Thanks to the S-LCD 3 technology and Adreno 320 GPU. While its battery, 2300mAh, is lower than the S4’s, it may last a little longer than the latter because of its display that has been proven to be more energy-efficient.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
Both the Galaxy S and Note series of Samsung have been so successful, so it’s not really a big surprise if new models come out year after year. After the success of the first generation Galaxy Note, tablet variants came out dominating every market the devices were intended for. For this year, the South Korean manufacturer is going to release yet another Note model but this time it’s a full blown tablet that measures 8 inches, a bit smaller than typical tablets.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 will feature a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with integrated graphics processor. It is also paired with a 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in memory plus a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB of external storage.
Since it uses the TFT display technology, which is more energy-efficient than Super AMOLED, the 4600mAh battery lasts longer than usual. There is no specific device that this tablet will contend but it thought that Samsung would want to release the device to fill in yet another category in the tablet market.
Lenovo IdeaTab A3000
Another quad-core tablet, a 7-incher, that we would soon see in the market is from Lenovo bearing the IdeaTab brand. It is revealed to operate on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, so users won’t have to wait for updates sooner.
It has a display that uses IPS LCD technology and offers up to 1024 x 600 pixels resolution stretched over a 7-inch display, which would provide up to 170 ppi pixel density. It’s good to know that Lenovo is not after displays like Super AMOLED, so we can expect that the 3500mAh battery could actually last longer.
The MTK 8389/8125 chipset is paired with 1GB RAM and 16GB ROM with a slot that supports up to 64GB of external storage.
Lenovo IdeaTab S6000
Just by looking at the model number you would know this tablet is almost similar in specs as with the A3000 only that it is bigger–it’s a 10-incher. But pretty much like the smaller model, we cannot expect something better as far as display is concerned because it offers only 149ppi pixel density after its 1280 x 800 pixels resolution was stretched over 10.1 inches IPS LCD screen.
It uses the same chipset as with the A3000 coupled with 1GB RAM. While it comes packed with just 16GB of internal memory, Lenovo made sure it is expandable. So, there is a microSD card slot that supports up to 64GB of external storage. Lastly, with 6530mAh battery, this device can go further before requiring a recharge.
Alcatel One Touch Idol X
If there is one company that’s so excited in revealing what it has in store for its customers, that’s Alcatel. Mid-way through February, the company announced that One Touch Idol X is set to launch in July 2013. It’s not clear why it has to wait several months to release this quad-core Android device but it seems like it simply wants its fans to know that a better device is already on queue.
Alcatel announced the device will use a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, which is believed to be Qualcomm’s. While the company’s other quad-core devices may fall short for having a mere 1GB RAM, the One Touch Idol X would not. It has 2GB RAM, 16GB build-in memory plus a microSD card slot that could support 64GB external storage.
It is believed that the first two quad-core devices will compete with flagship smartphones released in the first half of the year while this one will be competing head-to-head with flagships in the second half especially the iPhone 5S.
It is, basically, a large phone with 5 inches screen that features 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and offers around 441ppi pixel density. So far, this could be Alcatel’s best production.
ZTE Grand Memo
ZTE is poised to compete in the phablet market and its upcoming Grand Memo might just become successful. With a 5.7-inch display powered by Adreno 330 GPU, this device offers 720 x 1280 pixels resolution and around 258ppi pixel density.
It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T chipset with 1.7GHz quad-core Krait. The powerful CPU is coupled with 2GB RAM just like other flagships that use the same chip. There is a great possibility that the storage would become a problem for this device because it only has 16GB internal memory but without a microSD card slot.
It’s camera however, is impressive with 13 megapixels sensor allowing 1080p HD video recording. If LG Optimus G Pro received too many praises for its battery, so would this device with its 3200mAh battery pack. On top of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system comes ZTE’s proprietary Android launcher, Mifavour UI.
Asus PadFone Infinity
Asus is an expert when it comes to building hybrid devices so for this year many were expecting to see another version of its popular PadFone. This year’s Infinity, which was officially announced on February 25th, will come in two parts; the first part being the 5-inch smartphone with a quad-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz; and the second part being the specialized dock that would transform the smartphone into a tablet.
The Padfone Infinity will be among the few devices that will operate on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS upon release. One downside of this device is that it doesn’t have a microSD card slot so users are stuck to managing contents to fit into a 32GB built-in memory, although a 64GB variant also exists.
Alcatel One Touch Snap
Apparently, Alcatel wants to claim a bigger portion of the market not just by building high quality devices but also by building as many devices as possible. Set to launch in April 2013, One Touch Snap will be running on a quad-core processor with 1.2GHz frequency coupled with 1GB RAM. Last year, we know high-end device by simply looking into the number of cores it possesses but this year, mid-range device would also come with a quad-core processor.
In this list of quad-core devices, Alcatel has more quad-core smarpthones waiting to be released this year than its competitors like ZTE, Huawei, etc. It seems like Alcatel One Touch Idol X could be considered a high-end device and all the rest belong to mid-range category including this device.
Samsung Galaxy S4
Now, this is the new standard of what a high-end device should be. This is the first ever smartphone to feature an octa-core processor. Samsung’s proprietary Exynos 5 chipset comes with 2 sets of quad-core processors. The first set is energy-efficient and is often used to handle low-performance processes. The other set will be used for high-performance processes like users would be playing heavy game apps.
There are reports suggesting that the Galaxy S4, especially the units that would be distributed in the United States, would use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 chipset because the Exynos 5 still has LTE compatibility and heating issues. Samsung made sure the device won’t run out of memory due to its features so the phone will have 2GB RAM, 16/32/64GB internal memories plus a microSD card slot supporting up to 64GB external memory.
Benchmark scores indicate no other device could be Samsung’s flagship this year. So, the Galaxy S4 will definitely become a big wall for other manufacturers to beat in order to gain a bigger portion in the smartphone market. Even Apple’s next generation iPhone may find it difficult to defeat the specs of the S4.