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nVidia teams up with ZTE to bring first Android Tegra-based phone with Icera Modem

Last week we reported on the fact that Tegra 3 quad-core phones would be shipping this quarter. Along with that information came details about the codenamed “Grey” project which was the Icera Modem (3G/LTE radio) being integrated into Tegra chipsets.

nVidia has partnered with ZTE to bring the Mimosa X Android phone which will come packing a Tegra 2 dual-core chipset as well as the Icera Modem. This means everything is pretty much integrated into one chipset that will increase the battery life by reducing the power consumed by radios. The Mimosa X from ZTE is actually a pretty solid device sporting some good hardware and it will be an Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) device.

Mimosa X Specs:

– Tegra 2 dual-core processor
– NVIDIA Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, comprising of baseband and RF processors
– 4.3-inch qHD screen running at 960×540 resolution
– 5MP front and rear cameras
– 4GB of storage expandable to 32GB

No word just yet on RAM specs but it should be at least 1GB of RAM that comes with this device. As we mentioned, it will come right out of the box with Android 4.0 running on it as well. Overall, aside from the benefits of lower power consumption, this is actually a pretty nice device. If you are looking at possibly snagging one of these, the ZTE Mimosa X will be available in Q2 2012. No word on pricing just yet. You can check out the full press release below.

Developer Website: nVidia


First Tegra-powered Smartphone Announced with NVIDIA’s

Icera Modem Technology

New ZTE Mimosa X Brings the NVIDIA Mobile Experience to the Mainstream Marke

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Feb. 20, 2012—NVIDIA and ZTE today announced the ZTE Mimosa X, the first smartphone to be powered both by the NVIDIA ®Tegra ® application processor and its Icera® modem, which came to NVIDIA through its Icera acquisition in mid-2011.

“The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market.”

The Mimosa X is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, featuring a dual-core CPU and GeForce® GPU, and the NVIDIA Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, comprising baseband and RF processors, featuring excellent throughput and low power.  It will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen, rear 5 MP and front cameras, and 4 GB of storage expandable to 32 GB.

The ZTE Mimosa X will deliver super multimedia capabilities, including advanced audio distribution profile (A2DP), Dolby sound, digital living network alliance (DLNA) compatibility for easy sharing of content, HD video record and play, dual microphones, and built-in gyroscope.

The Mimosa X will be launched around Q2 2012. Positioned squarely for the mainstream market, it brings new levels of performance and connectivity to this large segment of users.

Consumers will now be able to use a mainstream smartphone to experience the same speedy web browsing, smooth multitasking, and HD video, as well as console-quality gaming with TegraZone, that was previously available only in high-end phones. TegraZone™ is NVIDIA’s free Android Market app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor.

The NVIDIA Icera 450 supports up to 21Mbps category 14 HSPA+ with fast downloads in fading channels, IceClear™ interference cancellation technology for even faster throughput at the cell edge and advanced Release 7 features for an ultra-low latency network response.

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