South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung might not be the only handset vendor in the world set to bring to the market a device powered by an 8-core processor, rumor has it.Chinese vendor ZTE is also rumored to plan the launch of such a device, with the codename of ZTE Apache attached to it.
Provided that the rumor pans out, the move might easily help the Chinese company grab some more market share on the smartphone segment, that’s for sure.
According to a post on ChinaTimes, the company has already partnered with Mediatek for the building of the processor inside its new device.
The phone is said to be powered by an ARM15 MT6599 chip that has been manufactured with TSMC’s 28nm technology.
At the same time, ZTE Apache reportedly packs a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, in line with some of the latest high-end devices out there.
Furthermore, the new mobile phone is expected to arrive on shelves with a 1080p full HD touchscreen display, while also packing WCDMA / 4G LTE / TD-SCDMA connectivity capabilities.
Should the rumor pan out, the upcoming mobile phone would be launched both in China on the network of China Mobile, and in other countries around the world.
At the same time, we might expect it to be powered by Google’s Android operating system, yet specific details on the exact version of the platform have yet to be announced.
ZTE has already managed to gain a strong foothold on the mobile phone market, especially in its homeland China, and the launch of a new high-end smartphone would certainly prove beneficial for it.
However, it remains to be seen whether the market is indeed ready for devices packing 8-core processors inside and whether the battery life of such a smartphone would be long enough to make it worthwhile.