There has been some crazy stuff coming out of China lately, with local OEMs trying to outdo one another as well as the established global players in the smartphone business. And the two Chinese giants, Huawei and ZTE certainly lead the pack, going by the number of big-screen high-end devices they’ve announced since CES in January this year. Most of these Chinese OEMs have typically been associated with low-cost entry level or mid-range handsets in the past, and it looks like 2013 is going to be a year when they just might break that mould. And if that doesn’t happen, it certainly isn’t going to be for lack of trying, on their part.
A few days ago, we came across a report about an obscure Chinese OEM Zopo, which supposedly has a 5.7-inch Tegra 3 Powered phablet in the works which packs a 32MP camera!! Yeah, we had the same reaction when we first read about the Nokia PureView. It would also serve well to remember that another OEM Oppo, actually announced the first Full HD 1080p smartphone, the Find 5, last year.
Chinese tech website, GizChina, reports that ZTE is working on a new smartphone, currently just known as the U9810, which supposedly packs a whopping 4GB of RAM. I mean, even the 2GB that exists in the highest-end handsets of the day – the Galaxy Note 2, Nexus 4, Optimus G, HTC One and Xperia Z is barely all used 100%. So what’s the point in doubling the RAM, unless there is something else in the handset that really needs that kind of memory. For most users, even the 1 Gig that comes in most mid-range/high-end smartphones or tablets these days is more than sufficient for multitasking and graphics heavy apps. 2GB is more of a luxury. But 4GB, now that’s incredible!
This information came across thanks to a leaked image of what looks like a spec sheet. Whether it is an official document, or just some bored guy cooked up hoping it will get viral soon, only time, and ZTE will tell, but for now, this certainly has the online world in a tizzy. Here’s the leaked image for your reference.
And here are the purported specs, as per the image:
- 5-inch TFT LCD Display
- 1280×720 (720p) HD resolution
- 1.7GHz dual-core processor (unnamed)
- 4GB of installed RAM
- 16GB of internal storage with MicroSD expansion slot
- 13MP rear facing camera
- 1MP front facing camera
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Approximately 150g (weight)
- Size: 142mm x 71.5mm x 8.9mm
As you can see, there really doesn’t seem to be anything that warrants that kind of RAM in the device. A 1.7 GHz dual-core CPU is not exactly unusual these days, considering they’re dishing out quad-cores by the bucketfuls, and the 720p display is pretty much standard, nothing outstanding they’re either. The only thing that perhaps stands out, other than the 4GB RAM is the 13 Megapixel camera, which again is pretty much standard fare in high-end handsets anywhere these days. Apart form the RAM, the spec sheet does’t really give any indication that ZTE may be trying something novel with the U9810.
That said, this information is not official, and definitely not confirmed by ZTE yet, hence is best taken with a healthy pinch of salt for now. It is possible, like I suggested earlier that this thing just doesn’t exist and someone is having a hearty laugh seeing how I just spent the best part of an hour writing about it, and it’s also possible that it cold just be a typo in the spec sheet and the product does exist. Either ways, we’ll be keeping our antennae tuned for any more information on this fella, and will keep you update if we pick up any more bits.