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HTC Edge hit the headlines earlier this week after a press image was leaked on the Internet, and it was quickly labeled the world’s first quad-core smartphone, carrying the new NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. However, HTC may not be the first to bring a quad-core smartphone to market.

According to a DigiTimes report, smartphone giants LG, Samsung and Motorola are also competing to be the quickest to equip a quad-core. (Try saying that quickly!) The trio have reportedly already added NVIDIA’s new chip to their lineup:

Prior to HTC, players such as Samsung Electronics, LG and Motorola have already adopted the quad-core processor for smartphones, and Asustek will use the processor in its upcoming Transformer Prime tablet PC.

The HTC Edge is expected to boast a 4.7-inch display running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it may not arrive until March or April of next year. By then, according to industry sources, one of the other three contenders may already have a quad-core smartphone in customers’ hands.

As the report notes, the prize for the first quad-core tablet goes to the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime — the successor to the first-generation Transformer — which will start shipping next month.

Are you looking forward to quad-core smartphones? Which company do you think will be the first to get theirs out of the starting blocks?

[via TechRadar]