If you thought that the first sighting of an Nvidia Tegra 3 chip, aka Kal-El, would be inside a tablet from Samsung, Motorola, HTC or one of the other big guns then think again, because it's ZTE who looks to have nabbed the début quad-core action.

At least, it's the maker of the first Tegra 3 device to be spotted in the wild - the ZTE T98 which has popped up at at a Beijing-based expo covered in an unhealthy amount of fingerprint smudges.

Apart from the quad-core (or should that be pent-core?) action, the ZTE T98 is running Android 3.2, has a 7-inch 1280x800 HD display, boasts 1GB of RAM and packs 16GB of onboard storage.

Cameras are 5- and 2-megapixel, with 1080p action mentioned - although this is probably referring to its output. There's a 4,000mAh battery built in.

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The "Ultra Thin" description is pushing it a bit. At 11.5mm it's certainly no fatty - but it's not going to worry Samsung or Toshiba.

No word on pricing or availability as of yet although the suggestion is that it's Hong Kong and Taiwan bound to begin with.

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And - Quad-core Nvidia Kal-El actually has five cores