Zeta blocker: HTC may have a 2.5GHz, quad-core smartphone

A new report claims HTC is readying a killer handset with a 4.5-inch display, quad-core processor and other key features.

Update, 8:34 a.m. PT: Engadget has updated its post, saying that further reporting suggests this is "just simply a cool concept and not an actual device in the works."
Is this the HTC Zeta?
Is this the HTC Zeta? Engadget

HTC may be working on a new smartphone that, by the look of things, could make many other handsets obsolete by comparison.

Engadget is reporting today that HTC has built a smartphone, codenamed Zeta, that boasts a host of compelling features--a 2.5GHz quad-core processor, 4.5-inch HD display, and 32GB of internal storage. In addition, Engadget's source says, the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device will support Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, and come with an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

Based on an image Engadget received of the smartphone, the device features a curved, unibody back with a band that appears to be brushed aluminum. In addition, Engadget says the device weighs about 5.15 ounces, according to the specs it's seen.

The HTC Zeta is the second alleged device from the company to be leaked this month. Last week, technology blog PocketNow claimed to have received information on the HTC Edge , a 1.5GHz quad-core-equipped device. Like the Zeta, the Edge reportedly comes with Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the Edge will reportedly feature a slightly larger 4.7-inch display.

Before you get too excited, remember that HTC has not confirmed the existence of these smartphones. Until it does, take these reports with the proverbial grain of salt.

HTC did not immediately respond to CNET's request for comment.

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