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Jaw-dropping specs leak for ZTE’s next flagship

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Smartphone specs are gradually creeping upwards year-by-year, but ZTE’s next flagship seems to have skipped a few iterations.

A leaked spec sheet for the upcoming ZTE Nubia Z9 reveals curious component choices. And by curious, we mean utterly bewildering.

For starters, the Nubia NX508J model listed on TENAA – as first spotted by GizmoChina – shows a device using 8GB of RAM.

Most current flagship handsets use 3GB of RAM, and we’ve seen a spattering of 4GB units; 8GB of memory on a smartphone is frankly unheard of.

It’s an odd choice, because that degree of memory is something you’d expect to see on a notebook or a low-end computer, rather than a handset.

RAM is the memory your phone uses for temporal and immediate tasks i.e. running Crossy Road. That’s in contrast to a phone’s main storage module, which is used for long-term holding of files – photos of your cat, for instance.

We’d find it hard to argue the case for 8GB of RAM on a phone; you’ll never be multi-tasking to the point where that amount of spare memory is necessary.

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Moving on, then. The phone is also tipped to use an octa-core processor clocked at 3.5GHz. Again, is this a laptop?!

Most smartphones tend to top out at around 2.5GHz clock speeds, so we’re unsure why ZTE feels the need to make use of such a high rate.

What’s more, it uses eight cores. That’s not unusual, but most apps can’t even make use of four processor cores. So a 3.5GHz octa-core chip is pretty absurd for a smartphone that generally requires minimal computing heft.

Fortunately, the rest of the spec sheet is par for the flagship course. We’re looking at a 5.15-inch display, 32GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.

It looks set to run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, comes packing a 3,000mAh battery, and will offer 4G/LTE network support.

The device is expected to be unveiled on May 6, so it’ll be interesting to see what ZTE has in store for us.

chaosdefinesorder

April 30, 2015, 11:20 am

Looks like they're gunning for Windows 10 Continuum use with external display?

Graham Culleton

April 30, 2015, 1:47 pm

My thought exactly Windows 10 would be a peach on specs like these. I suspect the octa-core will be a 4/4 design with the 3.5Ghz a turbo on 4 of them, but hey we'll see.

ElectricSheep

April 30, 2015, 7:18 pm

Does a Corsair Hydro Series H100i come as an optional extra?!

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April 30, 2015, 7:56 pm

< hey we'll see. >

LeeTronix

April 30, 2015, 9:02 pm

Hmm guess will see where this is going soon enough.

Tom

May 1, 2015, 9:08 am

My initial thought as well, if this is the direction ZTE has gone then its certainly an interesting prospect for a phone/workstation, I'm assuming its one of the new Atom processors so would actually be a pretty good workhorse for desktop work

mark choletti

May 1, 2015, 10:43 am

Are they going to call it "the overkill"? Or does it double as a desktop p-c as well?

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