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Rumor: Motorola prepping a pair of quad-core smartphones for early 2012

The first specifications for a pair of next-generation Motorola handsets have emerged. Will these be among the first to feature Nvidia's new chipset?

Might this be the Motorola 'Bullet', a rumored quad-core Android smartphone?

We may still be in the first half of 2011, but that doesn't mean we can't start talking about devices rumored for next year. Droid-Life is reporting that it has received preliminary specs for a pair of Motorola handsets that likely won't arrive until 2012. And, as one might expect, the hardware is leaps above the stuff hitting shelves today.

Both smartphones, the Bullet and Jet, should be 4G LTE capable for Verizon's network. What's more, the handsets will be among the first to offer Nvidia's new quad-core "Kal-El" Tegra 3 chipset.

The Bullet should feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, at least 1GB DDR2 RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 12-megapixel camera. The touch-screen handset also will feature an NFC chip, which suggests Android 2.3 at the very least.

The Jet has a similar design, but will feature a QWERTY keyboard and a slightly smaller, 4-inch screen. It's worth noting that the camera in each device is rumored to include a new sensor, which could result in better images and bigger picture. According to reports, the Bullet will be on the market prior to the Jet, although both are expected to arrive in the first quarter of 2012.

Droid-Life has followed up with a picture of an Android phone that could be one of the two rumored handsets. According to the blog's latest information, Motorola is working on at least four models with similar specifications to the Jet and Bullet. Looking at the image, we can see a Micro-USB port and an HDMI output on a handset that somewhat resembles the current Droid X.