“HTC is also developing another quad-core smartphone, the HTC Zeta, which will be powered by a Qualcomm 2.5GHz CPU and equipped with a 4.5-inch display, 8-megapixel camera as well as Beats, HTC Sense 4.0 and complete cloud content, the sources added.” – Digitimes.
A few years ago that would be a decent 64bit AMD CPU. For those wanting powerful devices 2012 will mean ARM is “there”. Lest you think 2.5gHz is a typo, check the specs on Qualcomm’s Krait. 20 DMIPs/milliwatt. So this baby uses only 500milliwatt going flat out.
So, Quad-core will be the standard to beat in 2012 and Android/Linux on ARM will be there. This will be a must-have for top-end tablets/smartphones and Apple is not there yet. By the time “8” comes out, Android/Linux on ARM will be all over low to high-end ARMed devices. Prices keep dropping with low-end ARMed tablets now available for less than $100 this Christmas.