HTC's got something big for Barcelona - they better had, considering their relatively shallow showing at CES. Mobile World Congress beckons, and as various news outlets (including this humble publication right here) receive their invitations for press events, rumors are spreading that HTC will reveal the quad-core Edge in is pre-MWC press conference on February 26th. Also on the docket is the HTC Ville, a slim 8mm slate phone that uses a dual-core 1.5Ghz processor.
If you put any stock in rumors, HTC will need to bring its A game. Samsung is expected to unveil the Galaxy S III just days later in their own event, at the same venue that they showed off the GS II last year. The two giants have been on top of the smartphone world for the better part of the last two years, but HTC has definitely gotten the worst of it lately, with a fourth quarter that fell far below both its own adjusted expectations and analysts' predictions. Since CES was mostly a retread for Samsung on the mobile side, they're due for a big announcement as well.
HTC has said that in 2012 they intend to create a smaller but more flexible product line in 2012, and the rendered Edge and Ville models are expected to make up the bulk of their high-end offerings. The Edge, with its 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen and Tegra 3 processor, would make a good flagship. The Ville may be a more mainstream workhorse model, replacing the Sensation which filled said role for the European market in 2011. In any case, we can't wait to see what HTC's really does bring to the table in February.