HTC Zeta leaked: a 2.5GHz quad-core Android 4.0 beast [Update]

Last week, we reported on the HTC Edge, a powerhouse of a device with a 4.7” HD display, and packing a 1.5GHz quad-core processor. Today, a render claiming to be that of a device with even more outrageous specs has emerged – suffice it to say that these details must be taken with a fistful of salt, for the time being at least.

Behold, HTC’s Zeta. Putting the 1.5GHz processor of its sibling to shame, Zeta allegedly packs a staggering 2.5GHz quad-core APQ8064 Snapdragon processor into its shell. Its display is slightly smaller than that of the Edge, at 4.5”, but it still has a 1280x720px HD resolution.

Engadget’s source claims the device will have 1GB of RAM, with a 1.3MP front-facing camera and 8MP shooter with dual-LED flash around the back; as you’d expect on a device of this calibre, it’s capable of 1080p Full HD video recording.

There’s 32GB of built-in storage, though no word on a microSD slot to expand the available storage. Bluetooth 4.0 and Beats Audio are also built in, while a 1,830mAh battery keeps everything ticking (though for how long is anyone’s guess with that quad-core running).

Zeta is said to weigh 146g (5.15oz), while its unusually shaped aluminium unibody measures 109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm (4.32 x 2.40 x 0.39 inches). The design language certainly appears to be a natural progression of existing HTC designs, and the chiselled front juxtaposed with a curved rear creates an interesting look overall. Naturally, this bad boy has Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) running the show, along with the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI.

This looks like it’s set to be a hell of a device if it’s real – but if it is, there’s no word yet on when we can expect it to arrive in our eager, wanting hands.


Update: Bad news, kids. Engadget have done a bit of digging around to try to find some more info on this bad-boy, but they're pretty sure it's nothing more than a concept of unknown origin, and not a real device on the way. It was a nice dream while it lasted. But if you're still craving a quad-core mobile fix, at least there's still that HTC Edge to look forward to. Woohoo!

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You know how I said the HTC Edge was my favourite unreleased phone of all time... My mind has kinda changed... I worship you Zeta.

drazgoosh said,
You know how I said the HTC Edge was my favourite unreleased phone of all time... My mind has kinda changed... I worship you Zeta.

You sir will never buy a new phone

Hey if the buyers love getting excessive hardware for show off reasons so be it. They just want to make money. But seriously 4 cores is wastage

You know...it's nice and all to have all these things you can do with your smart phone.

It seems they are able to do everything except for one thing. Keep your calls from dropping.

To me...instead of spending so much money trying to make a phone with all these features...how about investing some of that money into the cell tower infrastructure?

I don't care if they have to put cell repeaters on top of street lamps and mile markers and even ocean buoys and have them run on solar power.

I would love to have a world where you can go anywhere...on any surface of this planet and not have to worry about deadspots or losing a call while you are still on it.

What would be cool is if they could only ramp up cores as needed. Like run one core when doing phone or simple tasks; two core for basic 3D apps, photography or most games; and quad core for the best games and HD video.

I think with this processor, it is better to put it on tablet. which need more power than mobile phone.

with 7-10 inch display. and more options.

No keyboard == Useless Phone (also known as a sleek and shiny toy).

One cannot make the full use of this phone without a keyboard and soft keyboards are next to useless when it comes to doing real work. Think about it, what are you gonna do with such specs without a keyboard? Make super fast phone calls? Type super fast SMSes? If you had a keyboard you can easily configure web servers, routers via web interfaces, create spreadsheets and word documents etc. Preserve the screen space..basically like a laptop in your pocket.

Edited by rwx, Nov 16 2011, 10:01am :

sure you can be a tech enthusiast but surely its not all about the specs. Are you going go out and build an 8 core bulldozer system, or get the new sandybridge 6 or 8 cores just cus its got more core? Just cus this has a quad core wont necessarily make it any good. Sure games would benefit from the added power and that but who would wanna play a proper game on a phone, i sure as hell wouldnt cus the controls would be far to tedious.

Isnt the normal ICS UI supposed be better looking then this sense stuff or any of the other added UI's?

LOL! I still have an Intel Atom 1.6 GHz single core netbook with 1 GB RAM which runs Windows 7 32-bit very well. My desktop still has a Core 2 Duo processor. I would NEVER EVER want a quad-core processor on my phone -- EVEN if it doesn't affect the battery life.

2.5GHz? I'm calling BS on that spec....if true though I definitely am intrigued...this is why I love Android, I'm a tech ENTHUSIAST thus I like killer specs and thus why I won't touch a WP7 device with a 10 foot pole

Cash Money Billionaire said,
2.5GHz? I'm calling BS on that spec....if true though I definitely am intrigued...this is why I love Android, I'm a tech ENTHUSIAST thus I like killer specs and thus why I won't touch a WP7 device with a 10 foot pole

+1

I know ARM and x86 are not analogous, not even close. But I can't help but feel like my 2.66GHz quad-core desktop is an obsolete piece of crap now.

Laslow said,
I know ARM and x86 are not analogous, not even close. But I can't help but feel like my 2.66GHz quad-core desktop is an obsolete piece of crap now.

I may not use my quad-core, 12GB RAM as much anymore, but I would never call it obsolete.

One thing that people are overlooking is that ICS got rid of dedicated capacitive buttons, whereas this "mockup" has those capacitive buttons. I call fake.

dcoaster said,
One thing that people are overlooking is that ICS got rid of dedicated capacitive buttons, whereas this "mockup" has those capacitive buttons. I call fake.

One thing that people are overlooking is that HTC Sense will not be reinvented so it will still rely on capacitive buttons. Did you ever think about looking at it that way? Do you really think HTC will reinvent "the wheel" (so to speak) when it comes to Sense?

I like the looks of it, but I would like it more if it came in different colors. In my opinion it is too much power for what Android can do now. It's like trying to run a Lamborghini full throttle in downtown gridlock.

Guess someones not checked that the soc they are using doesn't have a modem. So unless it has a separate one (bit random for a phone these days) im tempted to call be on this one...

It appears that Android manufacturers are starting a hardware war trying to differentiate with iOS and Windows Phone on that side, not software or improvements wise, but only raw processing power, which I think is way too much for the vast majority of people today and the foreseeable future.

ajua said,
It appears that Android manufacturers are starting a hardware war trying to differentiate with iOS and Windows Phone on that side, not software or improvements wise, but only raw processing power, which I think is way too much for the vast majority of people today and the foreseeable future.

Well unlike Apple, Android manufactures don't have a yearly refresh schedule. This is why for the foreseeable future, the next version of the iPhone will always be something that caught up with Android.

Unlike Windows Phone, manufactures actually make a lot of money off these phones. Why wouldn't the play the spec game. If the technology in the phone in 2012 which has quad-core costs as much as the the dual core phones of 2011, why wouldn't the do that?

Why the hell do you need this? Seriously the mobile phone has become huge and cumbersome and capable of running 10 angry birds at once.

I'm gonna stick with my 1GHZ single core OC to 1.5GHZ for the next few years... I do not see needing any more power for anything other than games. I mean I can teamviewer control a beast machine with my phone I don't need those cores with me.

ACTIONpack said,
Good thing that Windows Phone will never have a 2.5 GHZ quad-core because it does not needs one.

My SGS2 is perfectly fine with 1,2ghz dual core ..

ACTIONpack said,
Good thing that Windows Phone will never have a 2.5 GHZ quad-core because it does not needs one.

Thank god for that. Let them be behind yet again. When Quad-Core phones are standard with the next version of the iPhone (maybe) and the top of the line Android phones also, who will be designing the high-end mobile games for Windows Phone?

I know a few people that left the Android platform to iPhone just because of games. This will make a lot of people decision that much easier.

Heydos said,

I'm not much of a contributor to the website and all, but I do have a thing for stalking the front page comments. I'm struggling to decide who is the bigger tool of a person, yourself or Flawed.

Thank God you don't contribute. We already have enough ignorant Microsoft Fanboys. I'm glad you have enough common sense to stay away. Thank you!

Stalk away.

Thin bezels are extremely annoying. You're constantly accidentially touching the edge of the display when just holding it with one hand (to touch with the other). I had an Xperia Arc and thought the bezel on the left and right sides was too thin...

Aside that: most sexy phone I've ever seen, and the first HTC I actually really really really like.

I sure hope this thing comes packed with a nuclear reactor. The battery life must be completely awful. Not to mention is probably requires an oven mit to comfortable hold it during use. /sarcasm

Mambo Boy said,
Awesome specs, but a little OTT. The only thing on Android that needs quad core is the Firefox app...

Not if you try the firefox beta.

as much as i love android all these new phones will be the death of this platform. i mean why the hell would you need a phone that fast? i can easily see a $1000+ price tag.

smooth3006 said,
as much as i love android all these new phones will be the death of this platform. i mean why the hell would you need a phone that fast? i can easily see a $1000+ price tag.

Gaming. That is really it. No apps will really need to utilize it.

UndergroundWire said,

Gaming. That is really it. No apps will really need to utilize it.

All apps will be able to utilize cpu at the same time. Multitasking, with hardware to support it.

dotf said,

All apps will be able to utilize cpu at the same time. Multitasking, with hardware to support it.

Yeah but when I am saying is no specific app comes to mind to utilize more than one core at a time other than gaming (high-end). Of course multitasking will be improved quite a bit but that is a OS thing not an app thing.

Wombatt said,
Why not 2 Gig of RAM?
"Includes a 3 hour battery life"

Exactly my thought, I think 2GB of RAM is more important than 2.5GHz for the CPU =\.

That almost looks like a new design from HTC. I think their design department finally hired a second person! ha-za

Osiris said,
That almost looks like a new design from HTC. I think their design department finally hired a second person! ha-za

Seriously. I was like , Is this a HTC phone ?

This thing (if real) will probably near 300 on contract (or more!), and who knows how much off of it. Way too much for a phone, that's for damn sure

New, innovative!, system requirement: a nearby power plant.

Also, forget the hardware specifications, it is the software what's important. Is Android even optimized to run on 4 cores?

kavazovangel said,
New, innovative!, system requirement: a nearby power plant.

Also, forget the hardware specifications, it is the software what's important. Is Android even optimized to run on 4 cores?

Android still isn't optimized to run on the single core phones yet =P

kavazovangel said,
New, innovative!, system requirement: a nearby power plant.

Also, forget the hardware specifications, it is the software what's important. Is Android even optimized to run on 4 cores?


Is Android optimized to run even on 1 core?

^^
Typical Apple Troll posts. Ignore them people. They are just so hurt that their beloved Apple didn't come up with this first.

kavazovangel said,
Is Android even optimized to run on 4 cores?

It's not the cpu where android has a problem, it's GPU and Google just figured out hardware accelerated rendering in chrome OS. Won't be long now.

sam232 said,
^^
Typical Apple Troll posts. Ignore them people. They are just so hurt that their beloved Apple didn't come up with this first.

They're only joking.

sam232 said,
^^
Typical Apple Troll posts. Ignore them people. They are just so hurt that their beloved Apple didn't come up with this first.

The so called troll posts have been upranked. If you cannot get the joke, call em trolls formula is getting old now.