ZTE U9810 smartphone leaks with dual-core CPU and 4 GB of RAM (?!?)

by: AdrianMarch 1, 2013

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We’ve been picking up plenty of bonkers stories lately from China, including one about a phablet with a 32 MP camera (!), but nothing could ever beat today’s report.

According to GizChina, ZTE is working on a U9810 phone that’s going to pack 4 GB of RAM. Uhm, what?!? Four? Why not 14? Or 40? It would sound equally as insane, and, to be frank, as useless and idiotic.

Have you ever held a phone with 1 gig of RAM in your hands? We have, plenty of them in fact. And most of them are blazing fast and awesome when it comes to multitasking. We’ve even spent some quality time with phones packing 2 GB of RAM and, in a nutshell, they’re smooth no matter how many different apps you run at a time.

But if you’re still not convinced 4 GB of random-access memory is a bad idea, let’s see what other features this ZTE U9810 is expected to rock. We’ve got a 5-inch 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution panel and a 1.7 GHz unnamed dual-core processor.


Oh, yeah, a 720p screen and a dual-core CPU would definitely benefit from being coupled with 4 gigs of RAM (that was sarcasm, mmkay?).

But let’s back up for a second. How do we know this ZTE phone will come with these specs? We don’t, but we have a leaked doc “confirming” them. Well, there you have it. Either the leak is phony, or there’s a typo in there. We think it’s the latter, but that’s just a guess.

Another puzzling feature mentioned in the doc is five band frequency support – GSM, WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, FDD-LTE and TD-LTE. That also sounds pretty crazy, but at this point we’re willing to let it slide.

The bits of normality listed include 16 GB of on-board storage, microSD support, a 13 MP rear-facing camera, a 1 MP front snapper and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. All things considered, do you think the ZTE U9810 is real? Could it possibly come with more than 2 GB of RAM? Why would it?

  • They probably meant 4GB ROM and 16GB SD card included.

    • Id say no, it says flash and ram and underneath it says SD card support

    • Roberto Tomás

      I agree with CyanJack, good guess though

      • It’s ROM, because there’s no where else in the spec listed the storage capacity.

  • Hal9000

    All this talk of octa core processors, big.LITTLE designs, and 4 gigs of RAM is a bit weird. Android is a mobile OS – full featured desktop OS’s like Ubuntu and Windows don’t even need eight cores and 4 GB RAM to function properly!!!

    • MasterMuffin

      But the Octa core is pretty much a quad core. 4gigs of RAM is ridiculous!

    • derek

      No doubt if android phones go 64 bit next year, 4GB of RAM may be the norm. I just don’t see any apps or programmes that can make the 2gb oh ram we have now break a sweat, but more demanding stuff will encourage more RAM from OEMS. 4Gb of ram/a53/57 with Mali t678 and 1080p screens exceeding past 5.2 inches continuing the trend in 2014 and beyond, you bet!

  • I think they meant to type 1 GB of ram. 4 is right above 1 in the num pad and can easily be mistaken when typing fast .

    • Vivghkl

      The stuff they have coming out of the country (excluding the fakes), the genuine stuff, really is awe inspiring. To think just 10 years ago most of the country didn’t even have cell phones and 10 years later they are making one of the more interesting concepts that even the established players are failing on, don’t underestimate what both China and India can do, these two countries are pretty much the rising stars and dark horses of the future smartphone. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were to be a 4GB of RAM Phone, 6 inch 1080p/6.5 Inch 1200p superphone running Snapdragon 800 or even Samsung’s borrowed Exynos 5 Octa.

  • Roberto Tomás

    I’m thinking we could use an article soon on 4k video requirements. :)

    4k video spec is likely 2160p60 at 48 bit color (the color depth is going up, how much is still up in the air. 60fps is only considered necessary for 3d, but I think the spec is going that way even for 2D). That works out to >22Gbps in raw data to the screen. Which is completely impossible for the type of ram we’ve all grown accustomed to (which tops out at 12.8Gbps for the whole system, that was “next gen” just a year ago). Dual channel very high speed DDR3 is a minimum.

    The framebuffer, even with a 3-deep buffer and alpha channel, is less than 200MB. But, the video card has to process the video too. In the PC world, to render modern 3D games at 1080p and standard color depth, it takes just under 1GB of RAM. So we are talking 8 times that to give the full PC-like rendering buffer. I’m not sure of what rendering requirements are for these gpus at 4k. But maybe that’s what it is? Basic 3D rendering at 4k for a native 4k UI ?

  • sxs

    The moment Sammy puts 4 gigs of RAM, AndroidAuthority will surely go gaga over that, bragging Sammy is best/innovative and all…
    but just because this move is from ZTE, so its ridiculous!

    I of course know its ridiculous to have 4 gb RAM in a phone, but it does it make sense to have a market gimmick ‘Octa-core’ or even a quad core in a phone ?
    Rather they should work on serious optimization of Android, which has great proven potential but not as optimized as iOS or WindowsMobile (which of course doesn’t require a quad core to run).

    • Bone

      I don’t think we’ll need 4 gigs with the rumors of the significantly reduced memory usage from Android 5.0. Look at Apple, not a stutter and how much memory an iPhone has?

    • john

      Well, it is very apparently silly in aspect that
      a) There is simply no apps available that can use all that ram nor any APIs of IDEs capable of producing such heavy RAM apps.
      b) RAMs take a lot of power compared to the actual performance value they give. Producing RAM of 4Gb size with higher enough bandwidth/clock to make it decent is going to dissipate a lot of electricity. And let’s not forget, sometimes the bandwidth is much more important for visible performance than the size.

  • Bone

    ZTE is using a different kind of marketing: lying about specs! :)

    The only dual-core CPU that possibly could utilize 4gigs of ram is Intel’s latest.

  • George

    Am i the only one here that think this is good news?
    I would actually love to have a phone with 4 gigs of ram!

  • I think ZTE = Chinese is on the verge of learning some English since it is entering the western world now.. Beginning with the kintergarden rhyme – “Hot Cross Buns, Hot Cross Buns; One a penny, two a penny; Hot Cross Buns; If you have no daughters, give them to your sons; One a penny, two a penny; Hot Cross Buns”
    What probably has happened is that their “English translator” took too literal a meaning of this rhyme – that one penny, two penny line blends terrific with ZTE’s mo, and then they thought, well, why not slap in some extra RAM and if you (primary user) doesn’t need as much RAM, let your daughter or son “borrow” some!

    Well I think it makes perfect sense! If you disagree, I challenge you to a duel – you and me have this discussion after 2 joints and I bet on my rear end – agree we will!!! :D

    • Vivghkl

      coming from a turd face…..(sniggers)

  • Fiesty

    Dude, stop being so negative. It’s a really bad way of writing articles. It makes you sound like a troll.

  • Twisted247

    definitely 4gb ROM storage..

    Just a typo