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The Best Quad Core Android Phones of 2012

Would you like your smartphone to be more powerful than your parent's computer?
February 27, 2012

Do you have an insatiable thirst for power? Would you like your smartphone to be more powerful than your parent’s computer? Do you follow all of the latest developments in mobile technology with a passion, ever hungry for more?

If you’re anything like me, then the answer to all those questions above should be “yes, yes, and YES!”

I remember back in the day, the “cool”  thing (for nerds) to do was to follow what Intel and AMD were up to. After things sort of stagnated there, the curiosity shifted to video cards, with NVIDIA and ATI duking it out for higher clock cycles, more RAM, and crazier code names like XT and GT and other acronyms that inferred performance and power. But I digress. Really, who cares about that stuff anymore? It’s just not interesting. Now, mobile performance and capability are where it’s at.

Where do we stand? 

We truly are on the verge of an absolute revolution in mobile computing. As so many researchers, academics, and others involved in the mobile speed race have put it, “we are already going faster than Moore’s law.” But, what does that mean exactly? It means that the overall performance of our mobile devices are doubling at an exponential rate, and that this trend is likely to continue.

From Wikipedia:

Moore’s law describes a long-term trend in the history of computing hardware whereby the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years. The period often quoted as “18 months” is due to David House, an Intel executive, who predicted that period for a doubling in chip performance (being a combination of the effect of more transistors and their being faster).

What’s next? 

With the industry evolving faster and faster, what’s to expect next? Simply put, we can all expect to have more computing power, more intelligence, more functionality, in everyone’s favorite pocketable device – their smartphone. In the near future, we can expect our mobile devices to be intelligent enough to read our heartbeat, determine our blood pressure, and to use our unique biometric identifiers, like our retinas, fingerprints, and vein structure as a security mechanism. We will be able to remotely start our cars with them, enter our homes, as well as many more functions central to our everyday lives. Really, the possibilities are endless. Can you think of any cool things you would like your Android to be able to do?

Anyway, let’s bring it back to the best quad core Android devices of 2012! Without further ado, here they are below.

Best Quad Core Android Phones of 2012

And so, what do you think? What quad core device looks to be the most tempting thus far? Let’s take a closer peek.


HTC is bringing to market a heavy hitter, and it seems to be in possession of all the characteristics of a true superphone. With its dual shutter 8MP camera, extremely powerful 1.5Ghz Tegra 3 SoC, and eye-popping HD 1280×720 4.7 inch display, HTC looks to have a winner on their hands. They have also been rumored to be aggressively courting carriers around the world, with the last count being over 50 that have agreed to market the HTC One X, it looks like this could be one of the first quad core phones on the market.


LG is a powerhouse of a company, and they produce quality wares. Second only to Samsung in the Korean market, LG has a booming display business, and is a multifaceted company. Still, for reasons that won’t be explored in this post, LG has never been able to really make it “big” in the world of Android. Why, you may ask? Well, perhaps its because they have been slow to update their existing lineup, or because their marketing efforts have been less than stellar. Regardless of these things though, LG appears to have pulled out all the stops for the LG 4X HD. Personally, I think it’s got the coolest name of the bunch, and I know it’s packing their spectacularly bright, high resolution IPS-TFT LCD, which has won some important accolades and awards for its technical superiority. Additional points go to LG for packing in a juicy 2150 mAh battery, and all while retaining an extremely thin 8.9 mm profile. Good job LG!

Huawei Ascend D quad

Huawei, seriously, where did you come from? Who invited you? Trying to shake things up?

Yes, they are. Their Chairmen went public yesterday, saying that they would be bringing true quad core superphones, with the latest technology on board to market, for 20-50% cheaper than the competition is a bold statement. This actually epitomizes the philosophy of Android – mobile for everyone, regardless of cost. While all the iPhone elites can wave their overpriced $800 toys in the air, we will all be rocking quad core mobile powerhouses, for a fraction of the cost.  My initial impressions of what Huawei is bringing to market are, in two words, blown away. At CES their P1 and P1S models made my Galaxy S2 cower in shame. Incredibly thin and durable, I flexed them as hard as I could, but could see no flex, nor could I hear any creaking. Clearly, they’ve got some quality manufacturing processes in place. Sure, Samsung is keeping all the HD Super AMOLED 1280×720 displays to themselves, but that won’t stop Huawei from making quality devices. Another reason i’m a huge fan of Huawei, at least right now, is that they actually have created (potentially) the fastest, most powerful smartphone in the world. While the benchmarks are preliminary, and by no means exhaustive or thorough, they still are very impressive. Check them out, if you don’t believe me.

Huawei Ascend D quad XL


Now this is what I am talking about. Large battery. Quad core. HD display. What’s not to love? The Huawei Ascend D Quad XL blends, in perfect harmony, the right combination of high performance, long battery life, with a high resolution display. Perhaps they could work on the actual name of the device, but hey, it’s a start. 4.5 inches of uberphone goodness might be too much for some, but not for me. As I mentioned above, Huawei has managed to create the most powerful smartphone in the world. What’s even more interesting is that they made their own SoC (System on a chip), in house. For their GPU, they collaborated with a not-to-be-named company, and the results are seriously impressive. At just 10.9 mm thin, this is no slouch in the battle for thinness, either. Plus, with a 2500mAh battery, it should have more than enough juice to get you through your day too. High five Huawei, go and shake up the business, and bring us high quality devices at a price point that agrees with consumers, or else.

Is that it?

There is, however, one small thing called the Samsung Galaxy S3. Remember that device? Yeah, me too. We’ll be refreshing this article as more information comes to light, but for now, we know that it is likely to have a 4.8 inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED display, be incredibly thin, have a larger battery than its older brother, the Galaxy S2, and will be in possession of a high quality ceramic backing. No matter how you slice it – all you mobile nerds out there are absolutely fanatic for this device. I know, I know.

Yes, the battle has just begun

And so, there you have it. We’ve got some heavy hitters coming to market in the next few months. App developers, take notice! Build apps that can utilize all of this power! Any favorites among the list? Do you like what you see? Do LG and HTC have what it takes to stage a comeback? Will Huawei’s devices sell as well as they hope to? We’re still waiting on announcements from Fujitsu, ZTE, and others. We know there are quite a few manufacturers that are planning to release quad core devices over the next several months, so stay tuned. As always we love to hear what you have to say, so let us know in the comments below!

Also, if you’re interested in knowing more about some of the Best Android Phones of 2012, check out our comprehensive feature here!