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Report: Quad-core HTC Zeta Packs 2.5 GHz CPU

If you'd told us in 2009 that within a couple of years we'd be talking about phones with quad-core processors and clock speeds of over 2 GHz, we'd have called you crazy. However, over the last 18 months, the smartphone industry has been moving at such a fast rate that we've actually arrived at the point where quad-core processors in phones and tablets is not only possible, but imminent. We've already gotten a glimpse of what purports to be the HTC Edge, but it seems that's not the only quad-core phone HTC is working on.

Engadget received the above photo as well as specs for the device in question, which is being called the HTC Zeta. The phone packs a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon APQ8064 CPU; 1 GB of RAM; a 4.5-inch 720p HD display; 32 GB of internal storage space; an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and 1080p video capture; a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera; Bluetooth 4.0; Beats Audio; and a 1,830mAh battery. The whole thing is running on Google's brand new Ice Cream Sandwich (with Sense UI on top) version of Android (also known as Android 4.0) and weighs in at 5.15 ounces. Sadly, there's no word on a release or price, but we're sure we'll hear more about this beast of a phone soon enough.

In case you're curious, HTC's other rumored quad-core phone, the previously mentioned Edge (pictured below), is said to boast similar specs. It's got a 4.7-inch 720p display; 1GB of RAM; an 8-megapixel camera with 28-millimeter and f/2.2 lens; no physical buttons (thanks to Ice Cream Sandwich); 32GB of storage; and the all important quad-core Nvidia AP30 Tegra 3 processor. Release for this one is reportedly set for late-Q1 or early-Q2 of next year.

Update: Engadget has since updated to say that the HTC Zeta is likely just a concept. Looks like we'll have to pin all of our quad-core hopes on the Edge, for now.