Smartphone manufacturers from the East seem to be working really hard on improving their devices. There are some leaks and whispers about alleged specs of new handsets and we must admit that some of them look great. If you think that your quad-core smartphone is really powerful, enjoy your impressive handset while you still can, because the latest rumors from Asia says that ZTE is working on an eight-core device, which supposedly will be known to the world as Apache.
The CPU for the ZTE Apache will possibly be made by Mediatek. As some sources claim that Mediatek beat Qualcomm and NVIDIA in the battle for the heart and the brain of the next ZTE flagship with, as yet unannounced, ARM15 MT6599 chip manufactured with TSMC’s 28nm tech. The Apache is also rumored to have 1080p HD resolution display, 13 megapixel camera and WCDMA/4G LTE/TD-SCDMA support.
If you do not feel the pressure to walk around with a quad-core phone, but simply need an affordable device you can rely on, then you may find the Huawei T8830 interesting. For about $104 you can get a 4-inch touch screen with a 800 x 480 pixel resolution providing Gorilla Glass anti-scratch layer. The phone offers a dual-core Mediatek MT6517 CPU accompanied by 512MB of RAM and comes with a 3.2MP camera. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich runs the show, which may not be the latest version of the operating system but it offers all you know and love about the “green guy”. The Huawei T8830 is definitely not a high-end device but is more than capable of offering a basic smartphone experience without costing a fortune.
The last one worth your attention is the Baidu Cloud Phone. There has been a lot of speculation about the Baidu device, and finally we have some more information. The Baidu will be introduced soon in cooperation with China Telecom and will come with many Baidu-specific apps. The Baidu phone will feature a 4.5-inch touch screen with a 540 x 960 pixel resolution and will be powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. The handset will be equipped with a 5 MP camera, and dual-mode dual-standby CDMA / GSM operation support, which is kind of like dual-SIM but with one actual SIM slot and also with CDMA connectivity for simultaneous operation on China Telecom. Unfortunately, there has been no word about possible release date or pricing.
source: Unwired View