So, looky at what we have here: yet another render for a supposedly upcoming HTC device. This one is a far cry from the current crop of HTC phones on the market -- heck, it's even a whole different beast from the Edge and Ville. This one looks mean.


Not only does this monster look like it will beat up all the other phones and take their lunch money, but it's rumored to have the power to back it up. Under that sharp unibody hood, the Zeta is said to be packing a face-melting 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon, 4.5-inch 720p display, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and 8MP rear shooter capable of 1080p video capture, 1.3 front camera, and 1,830mAh battery. Pack all that into a 4.32 x 2.4 x 0.39 inch frame weighing in at 146g, slap ICS on as the operating system, and you have one killer device.

Let's just hope it's true.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    2.5 Ghz? Like, take the top processor out there and plug my 1 Ghz processor into it, is that the 2.5 Ghz we're talking about? Did I miss the news that said we were skipping everything between 1.5 Ghz and 2.5 Ghz? Also, if it's only 1 gig of ram, that seems a little limp when paired with all of the other really high (truly top of the line) specs. Normally I consider most rumored devices to be fairly reliable, but this one doesn't track to me.

    Oh yeah, and the physical render is ugly. The middle of the device is actually concave and the corners poke outward? The stripe across the back and placement of the LED Flashes make it look like a robot from the original Lost in Space. The capacitive buttons suggest Gingerbread (ok, that could be an old render from before the ICS announcement, but that makes even less sense given the specs).

    I like most of the internals, but I would have to put a case on it to hide the back...

    • CodeMonkey

      Them's the rules when releasing a new phone..
      Top specs across the board, then remove one top element and replace with mid-range..

  • http://gthing.net Sam

    Why does it have the printed buttons at the bottom? Is this thing not going to launch with ICS?

    • Liran

      Not all phones are going to have virtual buttons. IMO, it's better that way..

  • BlackOmega

    1gig of RAM?


    • Matt

      2.5Ghz quad core?


      Can we be expecting a Crysis mobile if all this is true?

  • L boogie

    Until a final design is in place and it becomes official, I'll reserve judgment but with all that firepower, 1gb of RAM really? I know Htc could do better than that


      What the hell do you need more than 1GB of RAM on a phone for, at this time. If you plan on using thins in some kind of dock as a PC, maybe. But as a phone, 1GB is plenty. Everything about this phone seems like overkill though so they might as well cram 16GB in there.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        Part of the reason for expecting more RAM is for "future-proofing". Yes, I had to quote the term because no amount of extra money really grants you much extra useful lifetime on a gadget, but considering the recent letdown Nexus One owners had with ICS, it's fair to speculate that this device, if equipped with more RAM, would likely continue getting updates a least a point version passed many lesser brethren.

        The other part of the expectation is literally expectation. There's absolutely no technical aspect of any computer in history that hasn't had a rate of measurable improvement...So when we see almost every aspect of this device has gone up (some of which skyrocketing upward), it's subject to distaste when a specific aspect has somehow made no movement at all. Wouldn't you find it weird if your next laptop/desktop had doubled processor, hard drive capacity, and bus speed but the ram was still at 2 gigs?

        btw, the dirty detail nobody talks about when regarding these phones is that the ram is shared. Unlike many desktop systems which now have discrete ram just for the video card and your system ram for applications and the OS, with Android (and iPhone) the memory is shared with the video processor. This means, as our resolution and rendering capability goes up, our free ram goes down.

        • L boogie

          +5 Cody and Thanx for your response

  • http://Droidnerds Omac

    Boy, that is one Ugly phone. I'll wait until Samsung makes a nice pretty one.

    • dragongunner

      Totally agree with you Omac.

    • Haxor

      I agree wit u there. It is so damn FUGLY!

  • URABUS0924

    Best thing about this render is the miniscule bezel. Get rid of the capacitive buttons and shrink the bottom bezel to match the top and I'm sold.

    • Simon

      Nar. I like the front. Nice and efficient without too much wasted space.

      The back sucks ass though - I suspect the reasoning for that are the whining / trolling comments from readers reviewing previous models. They often groan about it's weight (because they feel something that weights less than a cup of coffee is just too much to cope with). There are lots of people raving about samsung's thin frame.

      Personally I've felt both samsungs and HTCs. In my opinion HTC have always felt more "solid" and better built. Samsungs feel relatively lightweight, fragile and cheap.

  • http://mgamerzproductions.com Mgamerz

    I bet this is the beginning of a new 'Droid Bionic'. By the time this comes out it won't be 'stellar' anymore.

    • TA

      You say that like it's a bad thing. This phone, with these specs, being only middle-of-the-line would mean a pretty phenomenal state for the Android phone market.

  • Todd

    Such a pretty phone, I hope it becomes reality.

  • Freak4Dell

    That is one pretty phone.

    I have a feeling the specs are false, though.

  • Jaz

    This phone is one reason why I have only purchased htc phones for the past several years. Sprint data speeds have crapped out lately but hopefully by the time phones like these start coming out Sprint will have lte or at least improved data speeds.

  • TA

    Could use more RAM.

    • TrevP

      Has anyone really used a full 1GB of RAM yet? Yeah, we have tortured processors to the breaking point, but I would say that 1GB of RAM is definitely enough for where we will be for the next year or so AT LEAST.

      Hell, my G2 has 387MB of RAM and I do quite well with it.

  • USver

    I would say it's NOT HTC Zeta, but HTC Ugly. =)

    • Dustin

      My phone struggles with 1Gb RAM. I've actually had to root it, delete stuff, and remove widgets to make it useable again.

      • flynny

        you rooted your phone to delete stuff from ram? Do you know what ram is? Sounds like you're talking about rom, internal storage for the system

  • http://podoco.net zach

    it is an old and slightly different than real product render because there is no room on the front for carrier branding :D

  • Aaron

    My COMPUTER has 1 gig of ram and only 1.7 ghz processor....SINGLE CORE..... :O

  • Denis

    i'd call it HTC Pillow, 'cause somehow it looks like a pillow to me. 2.5GHz Quad and 1Gb RAM.. that a little odd. the back side is just ughly.

  • ArunaSena

    honestly HTC the design is rad a bit to radical tho but yeah 2.5G power quad but 1G RAM seems like its running limp...would prefer if its a 2G RAM also battery efficiency...that quad is going to suck juice...

  • Lavi

    This is the ugliest phone I've ever seen!
    This monster specs will not matter.
    A quadcore 1.5GHz + good GPU (like Tegra3) should be more then enough but the phone should have a nice design, slim, light weight and 3.7-4 inch display.

  • Simon

    Only gripe is the look - It's made a small step towards looking like a Samsung imo. HTCs have always been more sturdy, feeling that bit heavier and more solidly built.
    Samsungs by contrast always felt cheap and plasticy to me. Samsung users often rave about how thin (and cheap looking imo) their phones are.
    Would be a shame to see HTC step in the same direction, but guess ultimately you have to go where the majority of the buyers are. If that means making a bold statement to get attention, nuff said.
    Imo it's better to have a phone that you can stick on your desk when you get to work, without feeling it might shatter or snap, and that's how Samsungs have always felt to me.

  • http://decodeumangkedia.blogspot.com Umang

    2.13 ghz of i3 on my pc..
    I know its not comparable but just looking at the clock speed numbers... My pc lost.. :(

    • GraveUypo

      yeah, a single one of your pc's cores can rape all four cores of that cellphone at once, with only one junk!

  • richard

    The first Excelsior class starphone! Love it. (And real buttons -- perfect.)