NVIDIA and ZTE have officially unveiled the ZTE Mimosa X, the first phone with a Tegra2 processor and Icera modem. NVIDIA acquired Icera in mid-2011, and we've been expecting an offering from someone with the full set of NVIDIA innards, and today we finally get to see one, or at least a picture. If you refer to an old Tegra roadmap, you'll notice that Tegra and Icera devices weren't scheduled to ship until 2013, but we're awfully glad to see them a bit early, especially when they're running Android.
We're pretty familiar with the Tegra 2 chip, and the wonders it can do with proper software. On paper it's not the fastest beast out of the gate, but when coupled with applications designed for NVIDIA-specific multimedia and processor extensions, no other smartphone gaming platform can hold a candle to it. Beyond games, the Tegra 2 CPU offers a great high-end experience for both tablets and smartphones alike. I'm certainly a fan.
With the introduction of the Icera 450 soft modem, ZTE can introduce the same high-end performance we've grown accustomed to, and offer it with better power management, and at a more affordable price point. The Icera 450 in the Mimosa X (best name ever) brings the following to the table:
- Multiband HSPA+ Cat 18 (28Mbs)
- HSUPA Cat 6 (5.7Mbs), Cat 7 (11 Mbs) upgradeable
- Quad-band GPRS/EDGE
- Custom RIL for the Android OS
- MIPI high-speed interface to the application processor
- Major cost savings due to integrated baseband and RF chips
- IceClear interference-cancelation technology to improve cell performance
The listed specifications for the Mimosa X are as follows:
- Tegra 2 dual-core CPU with GeForce GPU
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.3-inch qHD display (960 x 540)
- 5MP rear camera, front camera
- 4 GB storage, expandable to 32GB via SDcard slot
- A2DP Bluetooth
- Dolby audio
- DLNA video
- Dual microphones
- Built-in gyroscope
It certainly sounds like another great Android phone, and one we're excited to have a look at during Mobile World Congress. Expect it to be released during the second quarter of this year. The full press release is after the break.
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
The NVIDIA Icera 450 supports up to 21Mbps category 14 HSPA+ with fast downloads in fading channels, IceClear interference cancelation technology for even faster throughput at the cell edge and advanced Release 7 features for an ultra-low latency network response.