ZTE announces two true Octa-core Android phones in China: Qin Yang & Memo 2


ZTE Qin Yang Octa-Core phone

ZTE, China’s biggest mobile manufacturer, announced yesterday the launch of two new Octa-core Android phones. That’s a processor with eight cores, as opposed to a Quad-core which has four.

ZTE Octa-core Android Phone:

The two new phones launched by ZTE have been named the Qing Yang and the Memo 2.

The Qin Yang (shown above) will be the base model. It will run off a Octa-core MT6592 1.7GHz processor with 1GB of RAM. The Mali-450MP4 GPU will power a 5 inch 720p IPS screen and have 8GB of internal memory (with room for a 32GB MicroSD card. The front camera will be a 5MP camera with an 8MP camera on the back. The device will be powered by a 2,300 mAh battery and support CDMA2000 and GSM bandwidths being able to run both simultaneously and dual standby. The system will run on a customised Mifavor UI.

The price has been set at 1599 Yuan which converts to £160 ($264/€195) available in black and white with a non removable cover. The device is said to measure only 7.65mm thick.

The higher spec model, said to be called the Memo 2, will have the same Octa-core processor and GPU. This device, however, will have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of inbuilt memory and be able to support 4K and 8K video on its 6 inch 720p screen. The rear camera is 13MP and the front camera will be 5MP. All of this will be run by a 3,200 mAh battery. The Memo 2 will also have an InfraRed port.

ZTE Octa-core phone, Memo 2

Both devices are said to be available from the end of February in China.

One interesting point to note, however, is that none of the press releases I could find mentioned which version of Android these devices will be running. As they are not available till the end of next month, it’s fair to assume that they will run Android 4.4 KitKat, but that can’t be confirmed. What is clear, is no matter what version of Android they end up running, they will have ample power to be able to run it.