Jaw-dropping specs leak for ZTE’s next flagship

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.