Nov 15 AT 8:06 PM Edgar Cervantes 46 Comments

HTC Zeta leaks out, could deliver 2.5 GHz quad-core processor and Android 4.0


We have been waiting in awe for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as well as some other devices that will blow our minds. Next year is going to be quite an exciting one for the Android world, though. As always, technology does not stop evolving, and today’s devices will look like nothing compared to what is coming.

Engadget just got a hold of some details and a rendered image for a device that we have not yet heard of. This superphone is code-named the HTC Zeta. As you can see in the image, its design is quite interesting. The dimensions are quite impressive for what the device is claimed to pack. Measuring 109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm, and weighing 5.15 ounces, the HTC Zeta will be relatively thin and reasonably light. Its sharp, thin edges make it look like quite an elegant device, though.

Sure it looks great, but the aesthetics are not what have us surprised. It is the rumored specs that have us looking forward to seeing more details about this beast. The device is rumored to come packed with Ice Cream Sandwich (with some form of HTC Sense), a quad-core 2.5 GHz APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p HD display, 32 GB of internal storage, Beats Audio, Buetooth 4.0, an 8MP reafacing camera (dual LED flash, 1080p video) and a 1.3MP front-facing camera. All of this would be powered by a 1,830mAh battery.

Needless to say that these specs are quite impressive, especially that 2.5 GHz processor. In fact, that sounds a little too nice, and we should not be expecting a device like this to be released any time soon. In fact, Qualcomm does mention that their next-generation Krait core will be able of such clock speeds, but we do not expect such processors to be available until late 2012 at the earliest. A more likely launch window would be 2013.

As always, let’s take all of this information with a grain of salt. One thing is for sure, though. It will take a very long time for this device to be released if those specs happen to be real. Leaks of a device a year before its release are definitely rare, so it is fair game to suspect that some of the rumored specs may be wrong. Either way, this sure is a good-looking smartphone! Let’s see what next year holds for us! Things are looking good, aren’t they? Personally, this device looks great!

Via: Engadget

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • Nathan

    Good grief this phone makes the htc edge look like a turtle! lol

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Yeah maybe so, but it’s also a year apart! I think all 2013 phones will make today’s phones look like turtles hah.

      • Nathan

        true my mytouch 3g is really show it age lol

    • charliethesuperturtle

      Whats wrong with turtles?

    • Moosa Mahsoom

      Even Cortex A15 can’t hit 2.5 Ghz unless it’s a 20 nm die. Samsung Galaxy S3 is said to have Cortex A9 quad core processor which can do 2.5 DMIPS/Mhz while Krait can do 3.3 DMIPS/Mhz and A15 can do 3.5 DMIPS/Mhz.

  • darkhorse166

    I’m going to have to call BS on this one – it’s still got the capacitive buttons but rumoured to launch with ICS and the 2.5GHz APQ8064 seem ridiculous. Unless Qualcomm have managed to accelerate their roadmap by 6 months or so, and/or HTC are sticking with capacitive buttons despite ICS.

    • Gr8Ray

      Glad you caught it, because that was the first thing I noticed too.

    • Kevinthebox

      Hardware buttons are supported by ICS. And yes, it seems very unlikely Qualcomm’s Next Generation SoCs will be arriving soon, but they MUST be feeling the heat and pressure being heaped in them by rival companies. TI, Samsung, and Nvidia are looking very positive right now, while Qualcomm popularity amognst their faithful fanbase is wavering. Even the champions of Qualcomm, are broadering their horizons, giving other rival SoCs a chance. Don’t be surprised if this phone is released sooner rather than later. This smells and reeks of a controlled leak.

    • Nick Gray

      Just because ICS features on-screen buttons does not mean manufacturers have to use them. Personally, I like having my capacitive buttons below the screen, It allows the screen to be used to its full potential.

      • darkhorse166

        I like them too – I just wonder if there’s going to be a qualitative difference in user experience if some manufacturers go one way and some go the other way. Hypothetically, would someone buy a future HTC device if they knew they were always going to have hardware buttons, and/or would they avoid Samsung because they were going the on-screen button route?


    AH, the good ol’ specs’ race.

    So let me get this straight- this phone will probably do AWFULLY what HTC customers are asking for MOST.

    1) Better battery life
    2) Vanilla Android 4.0


    -a loyal HTC customer.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      Actually, Qualcomm’s 28nm Snapdragon S4 processors should offer the best battery life yet. They use asynchronous Symmetrical Multi-Processor (aSMP) that allows independent clock speed and voltage for each CPU core, which they claim results in a 25-40% power improvement over synchronous SMP architectures.

      Read more:

      • Paul Jamieson

        And if you read the blog after this 1, there is going to be a big push to get devices 20 to 40% better battery life than the phones of today ..
        I really see tablets taking over our desktop space, as they continue to push the limits of touch screen capabilities.
        Tablets and phones will progress to flexible screen technology, and able to be used like wall paper for video walls and wrappings on equipment , etc.
        We will see the apps progress to near images of what our desktops use today, by allowing for gesture movements and new ways of interfacing with data and different types of information.
        Your applications will also be moved to the Cloud as access to all data anywhere at anytime continues to become the defacto standard ..
        Get used to it guys, this is where we are going in the next few years ..


          Well then. I stand corrected. Good research, gentlemen.

    • Legend

      1) Better display + better processor + a higher than usual battery= better battery life! :)
      2) I would have thought ‘most’ HTC customers liked sense over stock. Well…most general consumers.

    • Nick Gray

      I know there are a lot of people on the blogs who slam HTC Sense, but if you check xda-developers everyone and their mom is working on custom ROMs with HTC Sense.

      Stock Android is cool, but it’s been proven time and time again that it doesn’t guarantee timely updates and it doesn’t include a lot of features which OEMs have built into their custom UIs.

      • masterpfa

        In the early days of Android, for example when I decided to give the green droid a try, it was HTC’s Sense that finally tipped the balance in my decision.

        Their implications on a few features have meant that Android Vanilla has upped it’s game, almost to the extent where Sense is no longer needed (Take for example the HTC Flyer, most people wanted Honeycomb over Sense)

        What I would hate to see happening is HTC owners missing out on ICS because the delay in releasing a Sensed up version.

  • Cup-nut Ecloyo Gingercomb cream

    Now if this phone was “Sense”-less , I would soo be in love with HTC.. but sadly android 4.0 will be masked with their non-sense..

  • OGdroid57

    My laptop just got jealous and crashed..

    • Ruiqi Mao

      LOL! Haha yeah. It’s faster than my laptop…
      I’m still running Core i5 2.54 GHz Dual Core Hyperthreaded…

      • Bart

        It will not be faster than an i5. X86 is way more powerful than Arm. Making a claim like that is the same as saying more megapixels equals better cameras.

  • snowbdr89

    At what point enough is enough its a dam cell phone not dr evils super computer .. its lame you buy a phone that’s out dated before the release date an if your not a person who can’t exactly run out n buy every new phone then your stuck with your brand new out dated phone!!

  • Dee

    If that camera is real i guess HTC will introduce the telescope feature to see in space.
    Jokes aside~i understand that xenon flashes cant remain on while recording video but can we pleaseeeee move on from dual LED? This phones looks awfully sharp to…

  • CDRaff

    Is this a phone for the Mexican mafia?

  • BigCiX

    Phone looks like garbage anyway.

    • JoshuaQ

      Agreed, that is one ugly phone.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Man who know’s some of these specs are strange 1.3 megipixel front facing camera?? 1gb of ram?? 1080p video?? and 1830 battery ?? all of this will be currently in the Galaxy Nexus within the coming days the only thing this Htc Zeta will have is the 2.5 Ghz processor. There is a limit where enough is enough no question if I was a betting man The next Nexus for 2012 will match or beat these specs so again I will just wait this out. The next Nexus will have jellybean in tow and the only way I will ever be using another HTC DEVICE rather it be an Evo or anyother device is if the specs read 5.0 inch screen, camera 13mp back, 3.0 front camera, 1.5 to 2.0 gb of ram, 2250 or 2500 battery, 64gb of internal storage Now these are real specs in my mind but will never transpire no time soon. Meanwhile all i want now is my Galaxy Nexus and come friday either I will be preordering or purchasing my Nexus……..

    • Orion78

      LOL so now your a Nexus fanboy all of a sudden? I recall you bashed the Galaxy Nexus awhile ago. You stated that the HTC phones coming in 2012 would destroy the Nexus. Now nothing is going to compare to the Galaxy Nexus? I’m glad you’re finally looking at other phones but don’t start this garbage like you did with your “beloved” EVO line.

      • snowbdr89

        Dick has been reformed from a sprint zombie to a big red customer

        • Richard Yarrell

          Mr.snowbdr89 is 100% correct I was in the dark in many ways because of my fanboyism but now the light is very bright in so many ways…Happier days are ahead…

      • Richard Yarrell

        Don’t get me wrong I may have made statements regarding Samsung mainly due to there past history of updates or lack there of but I have never bashed neuxs. I never liked pure android in 2010 when I first purchased my first device I felt it was ugly and htc added some flavor which they truly did. But like anything people grow and learn and clearly android as a platform has grown too which I am proud of. Years later I have become more open minded to many things yes I started a pure htc/sprint fanboy and I commend htc for what they have done for android over the years but that nolonger exist with me clearly. Yes Verizon has the best network and clearly they have the best android line up today. My overall allegiance is to google/android that comes first and in my world will always be first and formost the EVO BRAND will always have a special place in my heart but in life we move on and grow which I have done…. Plus I am pretty sure knowbody ever thought I would make such a drastic move but here i am and the funny part is more things are on the horizon as far as change…

  • Jack

    Jesus this phone is ugly! I understand that it has to be weirdly proportioned due to its size, but this is horrendous. i’m done with htc, especially since this will probably run non-sense.

  • MorrisJoe

    My head just exploded.

  • nexus

    capacitive buttons & ICE? DIE!!!!

  • bayo

    This phone is a beauty and with HTC Sense 4.0 it will be great. Stock Androids are so ugly…
    I like the capacitive buttons…The new Galaxy Nexus is so outdated…

  • masterpfa

    Another one to watch, what are HTC on? Quad Core, yes please especially if battery life will be improved. I would like to see an improvement on current GPU’s as well as this move to Quad Cores should have the architecture to allow this, that along with true multi tasking.

    Just need HTC and other manufacturers to start talking in terms of 32GB on board ‘AND’ expendable storage as well, who knows with 2.5 GHz+ processors will they also start talking of 2 GB RAM too.

    OK dreaming(wishing over) Clear road map needed for these phone as I would like to have a new device by March 2013 without the ever constant fear that “The Next” superhero phone is on the horizon (which I know it always is)

    Glad I read this before pressing the “Buy Now” button on the Galaxy nexus earlier today

  • Akash Das

    With that kind of specs and such elegant looks it should be the best phone around and if the rumored specs are true then tech freaks like me always wan’t to own this monsterous phone…!

  • autonomousgerm

    Engadget just updated. It’s fake. Too bad, I’d buy it.

    “Update: In our digging since this article was posted, we’re confident that this is just simply a cool concept and not an actual device in the works.”

  • tomguycot

    This phone really seems sort of silly. Who even cares about a 2.5 ghz processor? By all accounts the nexus S with its single core 1 ghz processor, will be able to run ice cream sandwich just fine. If anything HTC needs to put more ram in their devices if they’re going to keep putting Sense on top of stock android. One gig of ram just seems paltry for something that’s supposed to be coming out next year. I think we’re really at the point where we’ll be getting diminishing returns by just upping the processor speed. After all, what good is a multi core processor if you don’t have the ram to take advantage of its improved multi-tasking ability?

  • mimogear

    Imagine overclocking this phone. Other than the processor it comes pretty close to current flagship phones. You think this will be released soon?

  • Diaeko

    thisoneis quiet ugly
    teh specs are great but too ugly to buy it

  • note

    It seems that the scheme with adding GHzs like it was in the desktop CPU’s with Intel and AMD is coming to the mobiles… 2.5 GHz that more than my intel 2630QM…

  • Samar

    Looks premium indeed, a bit thicker than I wud like though.

  • pritams

    Really impressive..I need one…