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NVIDIA, with the Tegra 3, was the first company to ship a quad core chip that ended up in a smartphone; the HTC One X to be specific. Just a few weeks later, Samsung shipped the quad core Exynos powered Galaxy S III. Both of those phones make use of four ARM Cortex A9 cores. MediaTek is a Taiwanese company that also makes chips, and you’re going to soon be hearing a lot about the MT6589.

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Smartphones packing four ARM Cortex A9 processors have been out on the market for a little over half a year. We thought that the next step in performance would come from devices that feature two ARM Cortex A15 processors. The Nexus 10 has just such a chip inside. According to a report on the China Times, ZTE has other plans.