Chinese manufacturer ZTE has one new device up its sleeve, which will certainly make the hearts of enthusiasts beat faster than before, namely the T98 tablet PC.
The exciting thing about this small device is the fact that it should arrive on shelves with a processor featuring double the number of cores available in today's high end tablets.
That would be four cores, packed inside a slim device that you will be able to carry around anywhere. A 7-inch slate supposedly packing the computing power of a desktop PC.
The next generation tablet PCs and high-end smartphones are expected to include quad-core application processors, and NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chip is one of the solutions that will make that happen.
Before the end of this year, the very first tablets to pack the chipset are expected to arrive on the market, followed by smartphones in 2012.
While there are no details available on when the ZTE T98 should hit the shelves, info on what it will pack inside in terms of hardware did emerge.
For starters, we should note that there will be the NVIDIA's Tegra 3 (aka Kal-El) application processor, a quad-core chip with each core clocked in at 1.3GHz (the chip is usually running at 1.5GHz).
Next, a 7-inch screen that can deliver a 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, and which hides 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.
The new tablet PC also sports a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back, along with a 2MP camera on the front, for video calling.
The rest of the specifications known on this device for the time being include 3G connectivity, a 4000mAh battery, and a 11.5mm-thick body (0.45 inches).
Overall, the new tablet PC can easily impress, even if there is no telling on when it might arrive on shelves, and what price tag it might feature. Until more on it becomes available, have a look at the photos available with it, courtesy of Chinese website Zol.