HTC Zeta breaks cover, quad-core 2.5GHz processor and ICS rumored to be included [UPDATED]

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| November 15, 2011

HTC Zeta

Wowza. Last week we got our first peek at a device known as the HTC Edge, a new device that's rumored to feature a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. However, those of you with a need for speed may completely forget about the Edge when you hear the spec details of the device you see above, which is reportedly dubbed the HTC Zeta. According to Engadget, the Zeta is packing a quad-core 2.5GHz APQ8064 processor alongside a full gig of RAM. Those aren't the only desirable specs that the Zeta is rumored to have, as the source of this leak also claims that it's got a 4.5-inch 720p display, 8-megapixel camera, 1080p video capture, 1.3-megapixel shooter around front, 32GB storage, and a 1830mAh battery powering it all. On the software side, we've been told to expect Beats Audio and Ice Cream Sandwich beneath HTC's custom Sense UI.

As for the Zeta's design, it's got a look that's reminiscent of some of HTC's past devices, especially with the shape of its backside and what looks to be a unibody construction. The Zeta's also got some unique features, though, most notably the angled corners. And yes, the render of the Zeta does include navigation keys on its face, but Google has explained that ICS will work with phones that have capacitive keys.

Sounds like a pretty impressive little handset, no? Of course, this is still very much a rumor at this point, and for all we know the Zeta could just be a concept device that'll never actually see the light of day. Qualcomm has said that it'll begin sampling the APQ8064 early next year, meaning that if this device is the real deal it likely won't be out until later in 2012. Looks like you've got plenty of time to start saving your pennies.

UPDATE: Engadget has updated its original post on the Zeta, explaining that after doing some further investigation on the device, the site believes that this is simply a concept and not a device that'll actually see the light of day. Bummer!

Via Engadget