The UMI X2S is no longer the sole candidate for the title of world’s first smartphone packing a “true” octa-core CPU, as Huawei is apparently gearing up for Glory 4’s rollout.
The unannounced but oft-teased fourth member of the wildly successful Asian-exclusive Glory family is bound to carry double monikers, just like its predecessors, and so will also be known as the Honor 4. Sadly, its chances of making it to the Western hemisphere are slim as well, whereas in countries such as China and Taiwan it should break ground in January 2014 at the latest.
Following hints provided by Huawei’s CEO himself and several credible alleged spills of information, there are very few blanks left to be filled as far as Glory 4 specs are concerned. The main selling point has to be MediaTek’s 8-core MT6592 SoC, which unlike previous processing solutions using so many cores, can work them all at once.
However, don’t go dreaming too big now, as the MT6592 is Cortex A7-based and clocked at a max speed of 1.7 GHz, so all in all it’s not so much zippier than Qualcomm’s quad-core Snapdragon 800 chip.
On the plus side, rumor has it Huawei eyes a sub-$200 price point for the Glory 4, which would be truly mind-blowing since the handheld is to pack 2 GB RAM, a sizable display (5 inches or so) with 720p resolution, 16 GB of built-in storage, 13 MP/5 MP dual cameras and, on top of it all, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s own Emotion 2.0 UI.
As you can tell from the pics above, the fourth-gen Glory (or Honor) isn’t quite the most visually dazzling gadget in the world, being all plasticky and cheap-looking. And battery life may also be a problem. After all, it can’t be a coincidence all those specs have leaked to the press while the ticker size has remained up in the air. But did I mention it’s to cost 200 lousy bucks? Or less? Unbelievable, right?