ZTE 8-core ARM Cortex-A15 Apache device rumoured

News Paul Briden 10:18, 27 Nov 2012

ZTE could be working on an 8-core powerhouse, if rumours are to be belived

ZTE is reportedly working on a new device codenamed ‘Apache’, according to news sites in China.

It’s not clear whether the device will be a smartphone or a tablet, but whatever it is it’s shaping up to be something quite powerful, assuming it’s real, of course.

The rumours suggest it’ll have an 8-core MediaTek processor setup (presumably two quad core chips sandwiched together) based on ARM Cortex-A15 technology and 28 nanometre (nm) semidconductors from TSMC.

Other specs include a 13-megapixel camera, 1080p display and both 3G and 4G LTE capability.

The company will apparently aim for a May 2013 release, which to us suggests we’ll see the Apache making its debut at Mobile World Congress in February, or possibly earlier at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

It’s possible the Apache will be part of ZTE’s new ‘Nubia’ brand, which the company announced in late October. Not much is known about Nubia other than that it is intended to be a high-end range, so the possibility of a highly specced 8-core phone being part of that group is quite likely.

It’s not known what operating system platform either the Apache or the Nubia range will be sporting, Android seems likely, but ZTE is also said to be working on devices running Mozilla’s Firefox OS.

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