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HTC Zeta: Quad-core 2.5GHz CPU superphone rocking Ice Cream Sandwich

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HTC Zeta: Quad-core 2.5GHz CPU superphone rocking Ice Cream Sandwich
Engadget has just received a tip and renders of what is purported to be a new HTC flagship device codenamed Zeta. The “almost too good to be true” specs include 2.5GHz quad-core next-gen Snapdragon CPU and 1GB of RAM powering a 4.5 inch 720p HD display. The phone is also reported to come with an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, and of course Beats Audio.

Any phone using the next generation Snapdragon chipset would come with the new Adreno 225 GPU that is said to bring a 4x improvement in graphics performance. The chipset will also be built on the new 28nm die process, resulting in energy savings of up to 75% over current chipsets.

The render of the Zeta shows off a phone that appears to take styling cues from the HTC Edge, though with sharper corners and a more industrial look. While price and availability were not reported, Qualcomm has previously announced that the Krait SoC would start shipping in the first half of 2012, so look for this beast no earlier than next fall. With that much time left the physical design could still change substantially between now and whenever it is announced.

Is this the direction that HTC should head in terms of aesthetics? What do you guys think?

HTC Zeta: Quad-core 2.5GHz CPU superphone rocking Ice Cream Sandwich

source: Engadget

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posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:35 7

1. Kmack (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

ICS with buttons on the front?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:39 3

3. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

yea why is there buttons??

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:01 7

17. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

on screen buttons are kind of dumb. even though they can disappear when not needed they still take up space

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 18:03 7

20. seanwilliam906 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

Software buttons or physical/capacitive buttons are a choice for manufactures with ICS! Google doesn\'t care!

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 20:33 1

34. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its a choice manufacturers have. honestly, i like the "look" without the buttons, but im not sold on real world as i tend to accidentally hit the onscreen buttons on my honeycomb tablet a decent bit.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:36 2

2. Alantef (Posts: 288; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)

Now...Galaxy Nexus......I will have this next year....maybe lol

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 20:24 6

32. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

Honestly, this is f**king pointless. Just keep adding raw power to a phone and completely f**k over battery life and aesthetics of a phone. It's a f**kING PHONE. Just optimize the goddamn software to better work with hardware. There is absolutely no need whatsoever to have all of this power. There is not a single app or game that requires this crap. HTC, you are so stupid.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 20:34 2

35. vzwincred (Posts: 29; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

maybe the sw isnt being made since theres no hw made for it. just a thought.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 20:35 10

36. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

if you would quit cursing long enough to actually read the article before you comment you would have noticed
"up to 75% increase in battery performance" compared to the S3 snapdragon dual core chip thats out now.

The more cores u have, the less each one is stressed.. the lower the voltages used =less over all power consumption.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 22:20 1

42. Synack (Posts: 682; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

It honestly doesn't matter because you're basically running my gaming desktop from 2009 in a damn phone. Anyone who actually knows how an iPhone and Nexus phones work will know this. Instead of HTC improving on their Sense (or removing it altogether) they'd rather stuff a beefy processor in the phone so it can handle all of the boggyness of Sense. Also, anyone who knows anything about Android knows that HTC makes the worst quality phones. Hardware is junk, software is junk, and their metals and plastics are junk. The only thing they've managed to do is make some of their phones look good and aesthetically feel good to the touch. Also they've put in Beats Audio, oh boy! Basically a tuned internal equalizer that will destroy earbuds if you use anything less than the earbuds they give you. HTC is looking a lot like HP lately. Junk hardware/software in a pretty case. HTC needs to learn from Samsung on hardware and software. Also, nobody really want a phone that's as thick as a wallet, do they? Nope :/

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 04:24 1

51. bayhuy (Posts: 320; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)

Q: What is worse than Apple fanboi?
A: A Samsung fanboi!
Basically you're telling that HTC must learn from South Korean KIRF manufacturer, sued for copying the look and feel and banned!?
Apple = Adidas
Samsung = Adibas.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 23:53 2

44. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

Actually that's not totally accurate. The more cores, the more battery you use to power them. There's more of them to power, that's common sense. True, each one handles less computations, but a dual core of the same chip type will use less power. The reason there is better battery performance is because of the 28nm chip. The chip itself is better optimized and requires much less juice to perform the same functions. Dual cores in a phone are more than capable to handle just about anything you can throw at it. A quad-core is just over-kill for a phone (it's not a tablet). Synack is right when he says that they could achieve basicly the same results if they optimize the software properly. It's like HTC isn't even trying to go that route. They should learn from Xbox/PS3 game developers for how to optimize your software to squeeze every last drop of power out of the hardware. Those developers have done some amazing things with those consoles and the smartphone architecture isn't that far from a pc/Xbox in aspects of development.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 05:57

54. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

this is the natural progression. this processor sounds like way too much, but none of us know what this phone is capable of. We dont really know how far ICS can be optimized with a quad core, but with the unification of phone and tablet software, it does make sense.

and with windows moving toward 3 way unification, power like this should be common in w8 phones and tablets (i hope).

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 09:58 1

61. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

forsaken, you are incorrect.

all cores are not on all the time. for menial tasks, only 1 core turns on. . other cores turn on as needed. 4 cores working at 25% power use less battery than the same power core working at 100% power.
Volt usage is not evenly distributed among power ranges for the chip... aka if it uses 1 volt at 25% power, it does not automatically mean it uses 2 volts at 50% power or 3 volts at 75% power.. ect ect. When you get to higher % usage of the chip, it actually sucks more power at the top 25% of the chip than it did for the bottom 50%. So if you can keep the chips running at half mast or less, together they = more horsepower while sucking less juice.

And since all 4 cores running at 100% power is a rarity compared to normal usage, the over all power usage is reduced.

There was an Nvidia article where they showed core usage live in the video that really brings a lot of what i just said to light.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:42 1

4. Galen20K (Posts: 545; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)

I really wish htc never made a deal with beats audio.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:43 5

7. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

Why is that?

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 21:46 5

40. choupino (Posts: 69; Member since: 28 May 2011)

Galen20K... First off... HTC purchased Beats Audio outright... Secondly, why would you not want a company to step up it's sound production and technology by acquiring a prime manufacturer of sound related hardware and software? HTC has always had some of the best sounding smartphones so far. Why would they not want to push the envelope to the next level?


posted on 16 Nov 2011, 00:05 2

46. Forsaken77 (Posts: 553; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)

I wouldn't go so far as to say they should've never gotten involved with Beats, of course adding a great exclusive feature like that really helps draw people away from Apple. But HTC needs to iron out the flaws in its' software first before piling on more cpu-intensive applications (not just referring to Beats). They need to go back to basics, imo, like improving software optimization and battery life. After all the phones they put out and they still haven't done much with the battery performance. In some aspects their battery life has gotten worse while others are drastically improving (Razr). Fix these KEY features, then add on other things.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 08:17 1

59. PimpStrong (Posts: 310; Member since: 25 Jul 2011)

HTC audio sounds like its in a tin can.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:42 8

5. clevername (Posts: 1436; Member since: 11 Jul 2008)

I think the design is actually amazing. First HTC design I've ever liked, and I love it. But...its running ics, so the buttons should be removed(good eye Kmack) and the bottom bezel should be bought closer to the bottom of the screen. Or make it 4.65" like the nexus.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:46 1

10. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

Agree, I don't dig HTC design or UI ,it looks horrible to me but this looks rather nice

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 05:59 1

55. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

it looks nice, but i have some questions to feel and durability.

the sharp corners look like they arent very friendly to the hand or in the pocket.

and the raised camera sensor looks like it might welcome additional wear and welcome scratching. it does look like a bit larger sensor than we normally see though, so maybe an upgrade from other android cameras.

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 10:04

62. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

it just kinda looks like everything else right now.. HTC normally has a more individualized design. kinda dissapointing to me. As far as the hump goes, get a case and its no worries. :)

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:42 2

6. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

oh s**t this is like a dream phone!! dang i wont even need a computer anymore with this phone!
i smell phone of the year if this phones hits the markets next year!!

posted on 16 Nov 2011, 06:00

56. ayephoner (Posts: 850; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)

expect it no sooner than Q3 next year.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:44 2

8. nb2six (Posts: 298; Member since: 27 Apr 2011)

reminds me of a submarine or aircraft carrier...

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:45

9. Exile SS (Posts: 40; Member since: 07 Oct 2010)

How does it have an 8 MB read camera? Sorry had to point that out.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:47 7

11. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)

the fact that the galaxy nexus has no front capacitive touch buttons does not mean that all ice cream sandwhich phones will follow the same path.

posted on 15 Nov 2011, 17:53 1

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)

It saves space and helps the production like with less things to arm together, just like any tab with 3.0 has no buttons 4.0 devices will go as well

posted on 22 Nov 2011, 08:40

69. furryfuryfur (Posts: 2; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

difference btw having software buttons and hard ware buttons are almost the same, they both take up space. although having hardware buttons means theres lesser chances of hitting them unnecessarily.

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