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HTC One X vs Huawei D Quad vs LG Optimus 4X HD: Quad war

Luke compares three new quad-core phones from MWC, the HTC One X, the Huawei Ascend D Quad and the LG Optimus 4X HD.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.
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Watch this: Quad-core war

I had a core-fully good time at Mobile World Congress this year, with the tech industry's biggest players unveiling smart phones powered by frighteningly powerful quad-core processors. Hit play on the video above to see the three coolest quad-core phones compared -- I'm taking a look at the Huawei Ascend D Quad, the LG Optimus 4X HD and the HTC One X.

HTC is no stranger to the world of high-end smart phones, having produced some truly stonking devices in the past. It's been a while since an LG smart phone blew my socks off though, and Huawei is definitely the scrappy outsider. Which company has succeeded in making a mobile that deserves your cash?

All three phones deliver in the hardware department, with 720p screens and 8-megapixel cameras present on each. So what sets these mobiles apart from each other, and which should you prefer? I reckon it comes down to design and software.

Which of these phones is looking a little flaky and which represents a company's bold new design direction? I won't spoil the surprise, but suffice to say some are definitely classier than others.

And as for software, these high-end phones are all running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but who's decided to meddle with Android's look and feel? And is it an interface improvement, or a touchscreen travesty?

Core! Huh! What is it good for?

Ahem. Quad-core is looking like the next step in mobile tech, but I wonder if it's the right direction. More power is obviously better, but are manufacturers focusing on CPU grunt when their attention should be on design and ease of use? I'd love to know your thoughts. For what it's worth, Sony agrees with me.

Once we get these four-cored monsters into our testing labs we'll be able to run benchmark tests to determine which is the most powerful, as well as figuring out how much extra speed these processors deliver.

There might not be much use right now for obscenely powerful smart phones, but the more people own them, the more likely developers are to start crafting games and apps that take advantage of the extra power.

Which is your favourite? And are you psyched about quad-core tech? Let me know in the comments below or on our Facebook wall.