The Chinese electronics company ZTE is reportedly preparing the world’s first 8-core smartphone which it would release next year.
The device, which would be ZTE’s next flagship phone, is said to be codenamed Apache. Mediatek is in charge of producing its 8-core CPU, supposedly having beaten Qualcomm and NVIDIA to the task, according to a report from mydrivers.com. Said CPU will have an ARM15 MT6599 chip with TSMC’s 28nm technology.
The ZTE Apache will also allegedly feature a 13-megapixel camera and support for 4G LTE/ WCDMA/TD-SCDMA connectivity. It will have a full HD 1080p resolution display. Apart from these, little is known about the specifications of the smartphone, although it may be expected that its other features will be on the high end.
UnwiredView notes that this is the second time this year that a China-based company tried to shift from supplying handsets for its home country to marketing them for the rest of the world. It would be recalled that Huawei, another Chinese manufacturer, introduced the Huawei D-Quad during Mobile World Congress. However, such phone did not obtain the success that it aimed for.
Other Chinese companies that are attempting to penetrate the global market are Xiaomi, Oppo, and Meizu.
There might still be hope for Chinese companies, according to UnwiredView. To illustrate, it cites the case of Sony and Samsung. Both are now large global companies, but they began as suppliers for domestic markets in the past, as well, making handsets for their home countries of Japan and South Korea, respectively.
Meanwhile, in South Korea, Samsung is also rumored to be making its own 8-core processor that may be offered on the Samsung Galaxy S4.
ZTE may unveil the Apache smartphone next year during Mobile World Congress to be ahead of Samsung’s rumoured schedule of officially showcasing the Samsung Galaxy S4 in March 2013.