NVIDIA and ZTE on Monday evening officially unveiled the ZTE Mimosa X, the first smartphone to feature both NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor and its low-power Icera HSPA+ 21Mbps modem. NVIDIA acquired Icera last May for $367 million.
The Mimosa X is equipped with a GeForce GPU, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 4.3-inch display with a 960 x 540-pixel resolution, a rare 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel rear facing camera capable of recording HD video. The device will come with 4GB of storage that’s expandable to 32GB using microSD cards. Other features include DLNA support, dual-microphones and a built-in gyroscope.
ZTE expects to begin selling the Mimosa X during the second quarter of this year and is targeting the phone at the mainstream market. It’s unclear what markets the phone will launch in, how much it will cost, or if it will ever hit U.S. store shelves. We expect to get up close with a hands-on during Mobile World Congress, which kicks off next Sunday.
First Tegra-powered Smartphone Announced with NVIDIA’s Icera Modem Technology
New ZTE Mimosa X Brings the NVIDIA Mobile Experience to the Mainstream Market
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.