HTC rushes quad-core devices -

Someone in Taipei has been playing Chinese whispers about HTC, claiming that the company's strategy is going to quickly shift towards getting quad-core tablets and smartphones out for early 2012.

An industry deepthroat told Digitimes that, as quad-core mobile computing competition heats up, HTC is going to need to bolster its product range. Which is what it plans to do. Asus is going to release a range of quad-core tablets late this year, but HTC plans to release its own flavour - the Quattro - in March at the earliest.

The plan is to bung a Tegra 3 CPU into the Quattro, while it will also support HTC Scribe, have in-built 3G and wi-fi, plus cloud services including Dropbox. Others in HTC's Nvidia-powered product range will be the HTC Edge smartphone, which will run on a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 CPU. It'll have a 4.7 inch display and 32GB in memory.

The source claims HTC is working on another quad-core smartphone without Nvidia's CPU under the bonnet - the HTC Zeta will run with a 2.5GHz Qualcomm CPU. It'll have a 4.5 inch display and an 8 megapixel camera.

It looks like HTC is planning to use its flagship Beats audio as a marketing push, as all devices will feature Dr Dre's contribution to High Tech Computer Corporation.