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HTC Zeta Breaks Cover With 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor in Tow

Holy humpback smartphone. You are looking at a render (of course) of one of HTC’s future devices known internally as the Zeta. The phone – according to sources – will have a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4.5″ 720p HD display, 32GB of internal storage, 1830mAh battery, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, and will run Ice Cream Sandwich out of the gate. Sound too good to be true? Tough to say. It’s a unique design, and one that definitely does not fit the style that HTC has stuck to for the last 3 or 4 years. We would most certainly welcome in a change of this sort though. Fresh design ideas are needed in more ways than I can even express at this point.

Obviously we know nothing about a release date, price or if this puppy is even real will ever see the light of day. We can cross our fingers while doing our best Fergie impression though…my humps.

Via:  Engadget

  • LionStone

    Pretty cool..I like how hTc tightened up (tapered) the edges on the back and the bezel on the front. I would prefer the clean, no-button look on the screen though…like the GNex!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm, not a bad looking phone. The sharp edges are a nice change from their current look. They should just ditch the soft keys, but these ones seem to take up smaller amount of space than usual. However, I don’t like the back at all.

  • no 5G? passin on this one

  • Anonymous

    I love the design very modern and sophisticated, if yu’re into that sort of thing lol Love it, Is that a Kickstand on the back?? Probably so. I would lik to see a Kickstand on more devices IMO. 

    And 2.5ghz Wow, more Ram please with the addition of better games and Apps our hunger for more storage will grow. Nice specs and nice design.

     My only hope is the beats by Dre like Kellex posted on the Rezound, needs to stream all music through bats not just the native app player.

  • Anonymous

    If real, easily the best looking HTC phone.

    • Anonymous

      the backside is ugly but the front is pretty nice, the shape is similar to that of a moto device.

  • Anonymous


  • four times the cores and coming soon…





    “Quietly Lagging!”

  • Anonymous

    so I’m guessing the guy who made the render doesn’t know jack about ICS if he put physical buttons on the phone…

  • Rob

    Why does it have buttons if it’s supposed to run ICS?

    I like the thin bezel on the sides but I think the back is fugly.

  • I love the tiny bezel. Such a polished look. Has anyone taken a look at the newer Samsung T.V.’s, with the impossibly thin bezel. If samsung would model their next phone after that product, I think it would sell like effin hotcakes. 

  • Anonymous


  • This makes me tingly in my nether regions.  BRING IT, HTC!

  • Djyosnow

    The rate contracts go I wont see dual core ill see quad core…. I like it!! Just wish screen was more big cus of the note.

  • Djenks24

    HTC is not good at cutting edge, (Thunderbolt) I’ll wait for Motorola…I’m starting to see a pattern, Motorola does cutting edge and innovation, HTC is in between, and Samsung refines the innovation.  Just wish Samsung wasn’t so cheap feeling and didn’t have a bad rap for their radios.

  • Anonymous

    ADVICE to HTC:
    Get the phone out into the public, patent the quad core – leave apple in the dust never to have a quad core ever and to  remain with a dual core FOREVER! 

  • Robryan1981

    WoW! cool phone))research papers

  • No RAM ! Preatty inovative!

  • 喜欢你这 不错 转啦

  • Sundawg102

    no hopes are held high for this fantasy phone because I remember last year when San Jay Motorola’s CEO proclaimed to the world that we could expect a 2GHZ processor phone by the end of 2010… Then 2011 came in and oh guess what? I still don’t own a 2GHZ phone… These filthy swine, all they do is get our blood boiling with lust for such a fantastic piece of equipment. 

  • Anonymous

    What the hell is this? Seriously HTC needs to put their phone on a diet and go for some comestic surgery….That phone is uuuuuuuuugly.

  • Jtz

    The first phone to ever need a car battery to work, SWEET can’t wait…..

  • Damn. At this point, I’ll NEVER renew my 2-year contract. {{o_0}}

  • Lgreg64

    at this rate the zoom will be a phone an not a tablet. how big is to big.

  • Ahsan

    Imagine the battery life!

  • Looks slippery.  Like it would slip right out of your palm, hit the floor and crack.

  • 好文章,转啦

  • jbonics

    They found a battery that last 10x longer now they want to make a phone that last 9 hours.

  • Advantage Held

    ICS and capacative buttons? Meh BS

  • #UGLY Looks like a PIG

  • @fvqu:disqus Why add all that processing power and no additional RAM? at least bump it up a gig…Oh gosh why did charlie have to beat the producers!? I can’t believe it!! Check this video: http://zapit.nu/1hM

  • Anonymous

    I like the tiny bezel on the mockup. Why would they make it look so bulky on a mockup photo, that’s the place where you’re allowed to lie a little.

    edit: looking more it’s probably not all that fat. The tapered edges just exaggerate it.

  • JM

    this officially just became a pissing contest
    i am going to ios!!! JK!

  • I dont care what OS is on this device …. This ish is Ugly …. Straight up …

  • Mipami21

    Now that is a sweet looking phone!

  • Anonymous

    thats a big ass camera right there!

  • Anonymous

    Not surprised that this is HTC’s.. among all Android OEMs, they are the ones so eager to play the “numbers game”.

  • Billyrouth2000

    Can anyone say UGLY?

  • Anonymous

    Well shit, guess I won’t be buying a new razr, nexus, or rezound till I can be sure when the quad-core devices are coming…I mean I’m not one of those “Dammit and I just bought a new [insert generic high-end smartphone here]” people, but now I’m getting worried.
    Maybe my priorities are FUBAR, my damn pc is still chugging along with one core!

  • Adam Metzner

    Why does it have keys under the screen if its running ICS out the gate?

    • Anonymous

      Wondering this too… are the OEMs gonna keep putting keys there just because they think it’s too big a change for the average user?  That’s kinda crappy if so.

  • Anonymous

    This device is to big. It should of come with 2000 mah battery.

  • Billy Jenkins

    this phone is butt ugly.

  • Jamdev12

    If battery life sucks on HTC phones currently, lets see how quickly they drain out of this bad boy. Reminds me of the guy filling up his ferrari at the gas station, he fills it up. Turns on the car, revs it up and the gas meter goes from full to empty in less then a second.

  • Anonymous

    The Razr, Rezound and Nexus don’t look that good anymore.  How about release this news a few days after a phone is released.  My Rezound still has that new scent smell. 

  • AJ

    Ice Cream Sandwich will spoil if they put HTC Sense on it. Unless they do a nice looking redesign!

  • Mr. Snrub

    This is usually about the time where I start backing away from my desire to get a newly anticipated awesome phone in order to wait even longer for a yet-to-be confirmed different awesome phone.  Not today.

    I’m looking at you Google and Samsung.

  • Lou

    Too bad the final design will be worse (ie. thick and huge bezels).

  • YourFriend

    I stopped reading at “2.5 GHz”. I highly doubt we will get a 2.5 GHz processor in 2012, I don’t even think we will even need one as 1.2-1.5 GHz is more than enough for the time coming. This seems to be another wishful thinking pipe dream of some HTC fan boy. And all that processing power wouldn’t matter at all if this phone suffers from HTC’s infamous battery problems.

    • Ravnos CC

      What’s with all the nay-saying?  That’s the same exact thing people said when 720p screens were announced as coming this year….

      • Anonymous

        That’s because 720p 4.3″ screens are marketing gimmicks just like the “retina” crap.

  • Marvinaire

    Holy S**********************************T D************************N…my computer isnt even that fast. its only a dual core 2 gHZ processor…smh

  • How come there’s 4 buttons at the bottom if it’s got ICS

    • Anonymous

      ICS still supports hardware buttons… Software buttons is optional.

  • how about also a thin design with 4lte and good audio and camera

  • FortitudineVincimus

    shit yeah.. I can dig it

    Heck. maybe these delays or lags in actual Nexus release have an upside

  • shdowman

    What the…son of a….THAT is SEXY

  • tjmonkey15

    Why are there capacitive buttons if it will come with ICS?

    • Anonymous

      ICS still supports hardware buttons, there nothing wrong with using them.

  • Thelegendofdavid

    What’s with the buttons??????

    • Anonymous

      What? It’s there because it can be.

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    The processor has become a marketing gimmick. It is in the stages of overkill while the ram is put on the back burner as always. Will Android software be optimized enough by the time this phone comes out to take advantage of the processor speed? Not to mention this phone is super ugly.

  • Bionic

    HTC zeta?   More like HTC Hot Pocket.  “Will it burn my mouth? …. IT WILL DESTROY YOUR MOUTH!”

    • Anonymous

      but why would you put this in your mouth? o.o

      • Bionic

        jim gaffigan was making fun of hot pockets and he said that

      • tjmonkey15

        That’s probably what she said.

  • Anonymous

    the front of the phone is nice. not so much the backside imo. but i really want a see a phone thats all screen and almost no bezel.

    • Pennywise

      How do you hold it (a phone with little/no bezel) or use it without your fingers blocking the screen?  The Bionic is PERFECT use of bezel imo.

      • LionStone

        Do you grab your phone like a baseball bat? 😉

  • Pennywise

    Not necessarily fake, but certainly a mock-up.  Still, one thing comes to mind: [email protected]

  • Anonymous

    Very cool codename…but at launch itll probably be called the HTC Flowerpot or something

  • Nsbjj

    The way things are going with Verizon this will be released before the Nexus Galaxy.

  • Bionic

    Mark my words.  Phones with these kinds of specs will initially cost $400 ON Contract and $800 off.  

    I kinda like the front, but not the back.  Does not matter as I hate HTC phones, motorola and sammy will have something similar obviously.  

    But wow, 2.5GHZ, i mean jesus talk about overkill, but nice.  

    • Anonymous

      Doubtful. At those prices most people won’t buy. Plus the only thing new it has is quad core. HD screens are starting to become the normal and will begin to become cheaper to produce, lowering the cost of the phones.

    • Anonymous

      Thats IF they’re released before Q4 2012.

  • Djspikezz

    WOW THAT PHONE IS UGLY! The new technology coming in the future is awesome, but HTC doesn’t impress me and still has yet to. GNEX

  • Anonymous

    Not the best looking phone I’ve seen, but specs are obviously pretty insane.

  • dan


  • Dominick DeVito

    why isn’t there an OEM with a buttonless design?

    • Anonymous

      Because it offers no real benefit and just takes up screen space.

  • Anonymous

    Looks great but come on 1.3 front facing camera still?? 1 gig of ram still?? They need to stop. The camera looks to be 10mp or 13mp which would be great but seriously they need to step up this would be the BEST EVO BRAND EVER…..Might make me switch back to sprint but only if it had LTE….

    • Bionic

      sprint will have LTE next year 

  • JDM

    1 Hour battery life!
    Knowing HTC, they’ll find a way to make a quad core inefficient compared to single and dual cores.
    btw What an ugly phone.

    • Anonymous

      1 Hour battery life?  Your kidding right.  Have you read anything about the S4.  28nm process, ~5x performance,~75% lower power.  

      • Bionic

        LOL, get over yourself.  Snapdragon has a lot to prove.  We’ll see how it performs in real world

        • Anonymous

          Snapdragon was the best chip when it first came out. This is the next thing out of qualcomm that isn’t a new spin on an old design. S3 gets grief b/c its specs are similiar to an A8 and both designs are dated. I’m pretty sure I know how it will perform in the real world. Check the history, when the first snapdragon chip came out it was the best of the best, prepare to be amazed again.

          • Bionic

            i have nothing against snapdragon, im just saying they talk a lot of talk, prove it.

          • Anonymous

            If i could send you a private message I would tell you exactly why i know….

          • Anonymous

            HTC need to get their act together, they are slacking.

      • Anonymous

        That’s because IOS is more polished than android, It is older anyways. Once android matures we will have good battery life.

      • Anonymous

        I am waiting for OMAP 5 ; )

        • Anonymous

          I found this post interesting when comparing A15 vs Krait-> http://forum.beyond3d.com/archive/index.php/t-61025.html Krait will have 3.3DMIPS/Mhz, while A15 will get 3.5DMIPS/Mhz. Several things to look at beyond this. Krait launches around 1.5Ghz, while A15 around 2Ghz, However Krait will come middle of the year, A15, near the end. A15 will thus have better performance when each launch however, Krait is expected to be significantly more power efficient than A15. Which means Krait won’t be subject to thermal throttling as often as the A15. The conclusion the poster came down to is that the two will be slightly closer in performance than you would expect. With Krait making the it to market first (maybe up to 6 months) why wait for OMAP5 with the A15 that might only marginally perform better. Also as a side note, its likely qualcomm will produce a different rev of Krait during that time with better power and performance than the first version of Krait. Just food for thought…

    • Mike Johnson

      yeah, butt ugly

  • Anonymous

    2.5 GHz?  That’s a bit excessive.

    I like the design, especially the front; the back curvature isn’t that great though.  Glad to see HTC changing their designs up finally.

  • If they could make that phone with the minimal mount of bezel shown that would be something else.

  • Why add all that processing power and no additional RAM? at least bump it up a gig…

    • battery life

      • annon

        More ram does not = more battery life…

        • Bionic

          it can, there are a lot of variables

          • David Farrell

            Was that a pun?

          • No android uses RAM to reduce the amount of CPU cycles that one would need to reboot an app by instead storing it in RAM

          • Kormtofff

            If you were a programmer, you’d know that variabes are stored in RAM.

    • David Hayden

      You don’t need more RAM.

      • It’s basically the equivalent of getting a panther and having it use one of those little swinging door litter boxes… with more power, there needs to come a bigger workspace so it can be fully utilized. otherwise you’ll get crap everywhere. not sure if that was the best example…

        • not at all stop spreading misinformation, more ram will not do anything for performance.

          • Anonymous

            actually it will help performance.

          • Anonymous

            It certainly could, as apps get larger and graphics improves.

        • jason6g

          oh man that is an awesome analogy lmao

          as for the phones, i have to agree… with super specs, why cheap out on one feature

      • Anonymous

        We don’t need more processor either

      • “No one will ever need more than 640k” – Bill Gates

        • dkbetts

          Could use a little more cow bell.

        • EXACTLY!

        • Anonymous

          Not just Bill. I don’t know how old you are but back in the early-mid 90s nobody ever imagined needing more than 512mb of RAM and 3GB or hard drive space on your desktop computer. That was unimaginable.

          Oh yeah, a video card with 4mb of RAM was pretty awesome too. 😉

          • Oh I remember… My first computer was a Commodore 64, and my first modern computer was a Pentium 100mhz with 8MB of ram and a 100MB harddrive. 


          • Anonymous

            It’s a little depressing to think about sometimes.

          • For sure. Now stop and think where we will be 20 years from now.


          • EnMod

            Dear God.

          • Anonymous

            Wow, I remember those lol damn, telling my age lol 🙂

        • he never said that.  snopes much?

          • *facepalm*

            Ummm… Sorry that my gig line isn’t as straight as yours. Maybe you should step away from your monitor, go get a beer and learn that some statements are more sentiment than fact. 

            Sentiment of my comment: You can always use more RAM.

            Fact of my comment: Everyone but you got the sentiment.

      • Brian Wesseldine

        Im pretty sure the only thing we need at this point is more battery

        • Anonymous

          I have to agree with you. Google needs to optimize ICS so it can work properly with the dual cores. Also, the manufactures need to stop putting 2000 or 2500 mah batteries in their devices.

        • Can’t be overstated, or at least make the architecture of the processors use the battery power more efficiently

      • Anonymous

        with sense you need more than 1 gig.

      • Anonymous

        You do if your trying to run Webtops and dual mode OS’s. You also will when windows 8 Arm edition comes out and you want run it on your bionic, razr…etc.

    • Why the hell would you need more then 1gig anywhere in the near future? are you honestly using up the whole 1 gig? there’s no way ive yet to use more then 800 and thats with plenty of pointless apps jsut hanging… adding more ram WILL NOT make your phone faster that is NOT how android works, that’s how WINDOWS works.

      • hey man i’m just saying… it’s the reason my droidX goes so slow

        • Anonymous

          that is because the droid x is using first generation of ram and just 516 . Moto did a great job combining the new moto’s UI with the 1 g of ddr2 ram, you can throw anything to the bionic and the razor and it will still be fast.

          • obsessivecompulsive

            516? I’m not even sure how that would be a typo.. should be 512 if you want to get specific. and 1024 ddr2 to keep the scheme of things going 😉 haha

          • Anonymous

            Yea 512 lol , moto’s software may not be Ics but they have come a long way. I love the new ui with the 1024 DDR 2 of ram.

      • Pennywise

        Not how Windows Mobile works : ) Those phones are doing more with less compared to Android.

      • Calculatorwatch

        Yeah I don’t think anyone who got an OG droid realized how quickly that 256 mb would become a major limit on what it can do. We’re not talking near future we’re talking two years after this phone comes out which is another 2 or 3 months at least and judging by the games that are coming out now I don’t think it’ll be tough for a single app to take up 750 mb or so in the next couple years.

        I’m just saying, I made the mistake of ignoring ram once and I’m not gonna do it again.

      • Anonymous

        You have a valid point. Google needs to get their act together and optimize android the same way ios is optimize.

    • 1gb of Ram will make this phone run fast, 2gb of ram would make this phone fly…with more processing power should come more ram, especially a 2.5ghz quad core processor. I think 1gb is ideal for a dual core 1-1.5ghz processor, not a 2.5ghz quad core processor.

  • I wonder how long they will beable to keep the name zeta… haha Sorority name

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care for the design. Are they planning on keeping the hardware buttons with ICS?

    • Anonymous

      those are not hardware buttons

      • There most certainly are hardware buttons. They aren’t clickable buttons but there are built into the hardware of the phone not the software like on screen buttons.

        • Anonymous

          Capacitive buttons.

      • Anonymous

        Capacitive buttons.

  • Anonymous

    a fake if i ever saw one

  • ShootAngelsFace77x

    What’s the use if it comes with Sense which the Rezound review states is headed in the wrong direction?

    • If it launches with Sense 4.0, there is a chance it will no longer suck. Crossing fingers for that as well.

  • Calmm1

    First! and why do there appear to be haptic buttons if ICE has buttons in the OS built in?

    • Calmm1

      ICS not ICE

    • I don’t think you’ll see all Android devices adopt the zero button approach. ICS works on phones with physical buttons as well.

    • Anonymous

      ICS can use haptic buttons too 

    • To tell you the truth, I think the search button will be missed more than anything on the Galaxy Nexus. Boggles the mind that Google, a company that makes most of their money off search ad revenue would go away from the search button. It’s on the homescreen yes, but how do you quick access it or do a voice search without going back to the homescreen now? I think that’s definitely a miscue.

      • Anonymous

        At the top of the each screen there is a google search bar, and I’m sure there will be launchers (or maybe ICS will let you) that will let you pick whatever softkeys you would like. My .02

      • r8r

        Because it’s software based, the layout of screen buttons can always be altered to preference, so this shouldn’t be an issue.

      • Anonymous

        I 100% agree. I absolutely loathe the google search bar and have never had it on my home screen. 

        I hope some rom shows up with a search button in tow.

    • Thats what i was wondering!

  • Anonymous

    it looks like an awkward hot pocket.

    • Bionic

      LOL, you nailed it

  • HTC for the love of god, before trying to pack more power than my laptop into a phone, lets make the battery last more than 4 hours.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t understand the My Humps reference… care to explain?

    • He’s referring to it’s lovely lady lumps.

      • Anonymous

        i see… carry on…

  • That phone is pretty sexy IMHO

  • Beautiful


  • Anonymous

    That is one ugly phone. Maybe finally with quad core it will be able to run sense without any lag. Then again probably not they will just make sense even heavier than it already is.

    • Anonymous

      Sense doesn’t lag…. Maybe if you’re on some grandpa version of Sense, but Sense is smooth (which ends up bad, because it rapes away phones resources to be smooth, resulting in lower battery life).

      • Anonymous

        Then you obviously didn’t see the sensation or other newer htc dual core phones that lagged because of sense.

        • Anonymous

          I have a Sensation and it doesn’t lag. Also got a myTouch 4G on Sense 3.5 and it’s smoother than butter.

          • Anonymous

            Go see the Rezound’s review here.

  • Penisaur

    No way. Specs are completely outlandish- HTC isn’t capable of this right now.

  • Very nice looking. A cool look into where smartphones may go over the next few years. 

  • Anonymous

    wait. why does it have physical buttons?!?!?!

    • Colin Zack


    • Anonymous

      Because it can.

      • Anonymous

        True dat

  • Ben Murphy

    I just shat myself.

  • Anonymous

    It’s just as fat as the thunderbolt!

  • Anonymous

    less bezel = win

    • Anonymous

      There’s no where to hold the phone without activating something. it needs a little chin.

      • Anonymous

        No way man I love the tiny bezel, I don’t wrap my fingers around to the screen now so I don’t see why I would on this.
        Less bezel means we’re closer to the ultimate goal: a thin slab of pure information.

  • U.G.L.Y. you ain’t got no alibi you ugly, yeah yeah you ugly! 
    On another note,am I the only one that wants more than 1 GB of RAM on top of a quad core in my next phone?

  • Anonymous

    holy. bejesus. I don’t think i could give up the nexus though.