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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.

  • brett1042002
    Wow. Quad core phones next year? Can't wait to see what will be available after my contract expires in 2 years. Hexa... Octa-core? Breaking 3ghz barrier?
  • FlayerSlayer
    Sweet crap. And just a decade ago, a Pentium III 500 MHz with 64 MB RAM and a monitor showing 1024x768 (lower pixel count that this phone) was a decent desktop computer...
  • leo2kp
    Gawd, and I just got the Sensation thinking THAT was fast. I'm going to cry.
  • Can it play Syrim?
  • Bring on the iPhone jokes... followed by the "will it play Crysis?"
  • thebigt42
    Whats the battery life 1 - 2 hours?
  • g00fysmiley
    you guys shouldn't compare these chips to an x86 its like coparing apples to potatoes... I happen to love both... they are both food... both can be delicious mashed... both can be made in pies... hmm apples and potatoes are pretty similar actually >_< bad analogy. but still ARm and x86 are very different, btu I am very impressed at these latest multi core arm offerings. I only hope that app makers will start using multiple cores. heck ieven now on pc's there's alot of programs not taking advantage of extra cores. hopefully phoen app developers will show up to the party quicke rthan they did to the multi-thred programing pc shindig... everybody was fashionably late for that
  • mcd023
    that's insane. too bad it's too big to fit in that side pocket on my jeans. 4.7"! freaking huge (not that big is a bad thing by any means!)
  • jgutz2006
    I'm excited for these next gen phones with quad core CPUs. i do think that this is WAY overkill for most users but as someone who loads 3rd party firmware to get the most out of my 1.2ghz Evo3d, i cant wait for these quads!.
    What i want even more than the quad cores, would be a hybrid type phone, check out the Samsung Galaxy player ( with its 5" screen, its absolutely amazing and i think with its small borders, they could pack in a 5.5" screen that would still be easy to handle, tack on Ice Cream Sandwich and one of those quad core chips, i would definitely pay up to $400 at the 2yr contract subsidized price or $800-$900 w/o contract. It would be slightly awkward to hold up to your ear for extended periods of time but the larger screen means i don't have to carry around 2 devices makes this WELL worth it.

    On a plane ride i've watched movies on a little ipod 1.5" screen as well as my 9.7" ipod screen. and obviously its nicer on the larger screen but totally unnecessary at the same time, i think this hybrid would be the swiss army knife of tablets/phones, just please make sure not to short out on storage, maybe toss in a 2nd microSD port!

    Thumbs up if you would like a phone/tablet hybrid device
  • If HTC is putting a 1830mAh battery in it, you can be sure it needs a 2300mAh battery.