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ZTE’s Mimosa X To Be First Smartphone Powered Solely By NVIDIA Processors, New Icera 450 Modem Included

Today, NVIDIA is making waves by creating the first smartphone powered purely by their processors. The ZTE Mimosa X runs on a  Tegra 2 application processor that will work together with their new Icera 450 modem. The first device of its kind. It shall run Ice Cream Sandwich and feature a 4.3″ qHD display, 5MP back camera, front camera for video chatting, and 4GB of internal storage.

The device is set for a Q2 2012 launch and only capable of connecting to HSPA+ networks, so no luck for Verizon customers. But if it did, would you think about spending your money on a pure NVIDIA device? As new modem tech, it’ll be something to watch out for during the next year. NVIDIA is claiming that their Icera modems consume power at ultra-low levels, something many of us complain about with current chipsets, especially those that connect to LTE networks. While none of their Icera chips appear to be compatible with CDMA, they do have a 410 model that can connect to LTE and HSPA+.

We will likely see a push by NVIDIA to get companies to use nothing but their modems and application processors going forward. If they can lead the charge in modem tech as they have done with app processors, this should be something to watch closely.  

More on Icera modems.

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, 2012NVIDIA 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.

  • neighbor‘s śtep-śister got paid $18500 a week ago. she has been working on the computer and got a $579600 home. All she did was get blessed and profit by the guide reported on top of this comment!!

    • Droidzilla

      Really? Tell us more.

  • fvqu

    I’ve had issues with Nvidia hardware before. AMD all the way.

  • Jdstell

    ZTE, we are not impressed. Yet..

  • CeluGeek

    Can someone please tell ZTE they need to get a good looking (or just a normal looking) clock widget? Just like with the retail packaging for the AT&T Avail, that uber-ugly clock gets right in your face and makes the Mimosa X look much uglier than it really is.

  • jdrch

    Aside from the CPU, those are pretty subpar specs. Nvidia might really wanna get Tegra into some better devices before this thing becomes the face of the technology.

    • Droidzilla

      Tegra 2 is pretty subpar for a CPU these days, too. It doesn’t compete with the TI OMAP 44xx series, nor the Samsung Exynos 4210. That’s not even mentioning the Tegra 3, Exynos 4412, and the other quad-cores coming out (even there, the Tegra 3 is behind because it uses an ARM Cortex A9 architecture instead of an A15).

      nVidia is often first to market, but they also, as a consequence, often rush to market with a substandard tech spec (in the mobile space, at least). The modem tech is interesting in theory; I’ll wait to see how it plays out in practise. Once the 28nm LTE modems are out we can do a valid comparison of power draw.

  • evltwn

    “The device is set for a Q2 2012 launch and only capable of connecting to HSPA+ networks, so no luck for Verizon customers.”   Shouldn’t this be posted on an.droid-life instead of here?  

  • Guy

    nVidia is awesome and while I am skeptical of them doing well from the ground given their lack of such small format experience, I think they will be just fine.

    EVGA cellphones, anyone? 😉

  • blood

    Nvidia claims too much.

  • Jd

    wow.  hideous ui

  • MichaelCrackMonkey

    Except for the theme this phone looks surprisingly like the Galaxy Nexus.

  • i really dont like nvidia just because they try to be exclusive in many things they do and personally they come off a bit pretentious, one of the many reason i got my OG droid instead of an iphone back in the day.  

    • Anon

       If they try to be exclusive and do it well, I don’t care.

      The question is whether they will do it well.  nVidia has done some things great, but they also have a history in the PC world of attempting to sweep things under the rug when they don’t go well, at the expense of their customers.  Some of that history is a little older (some graphics chips with broken video acceleration hardware, mainboard chipsets with broken hardware firewalls) and some is newer (laptop graphics chipsets with solder issues that forced a class-action lawsuit to get right), but what it really means to me is I’ll wait to buy an nVidia product until it’s been fully vetted, because if it isn’t quite right, I don’t trust them to take care of it.

  • Gingerbread notification bar, Honeycomb clock font, Miui theme, looks pretty crappy to me. Just Saying

    • RedHeads

      The Red Headed Step Son of Android.

  • Asuriyan

    Honestly? The good old Qualcomm MSM3300 hasn’t let me down yet. I’ll wait until I see some detailed feedback before I go and buy a phone with another brand of baseband (never making the Samsung mistake again).

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    • Michael_NM

      They forgot to turn off its caps lock.

    • Jason Purp

       I’d take it over Motorola’s crap-fest of an OEM skin any day.

    • sc4fpse

      I’m inclined to think that that’s not actually ICS, but rather an early build featuring Gingerbread. At least… God, I hope that’s what it is.

  • Michael_NM

    Moto to sue ZTE for use of the letter X. Fapple sues Moto for use of the word sue. Google sues Fapple for using Google to find out who in the hell ZTE is.

    • Lawsuit-orgy.

    • Lawsuits :)

      Microsoft sues everyone for use of computers

    • Alex

      “Google sues Fapple for using Google to find out who in the hell ZTE is.”

      Thank you for this!  Its 3:00 AM and because of you, i cant sleep :D.

      • Noyfb

        Apple’s Siri actually uses Google to answer most of the questions asked of it.

        • Droidzilla

          I thought it used Wolfram Alpha; or is that only for the off the wall stuff?

    • CeluGeek

       You sir, are a winner.