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…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #10 – Win an Asus Transformer and Docking Station (Updated: Winner Picked!)

The final day of Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra is here! It has been quite the ride over the last couple of weeks – 9 of you have already won brand new Tegra 2 powered tablets from NVIDIA. But, to finish this contest with a bang, we are going really big and throwing out an Asus Transformer and its accompanying docking station to take you from tablet to laptop in seconds. The original Transformer has probably been the most popular Android tablet of the last year, so what better way to celebrate that than by giving it to one of our readers just before X-mas.

Let’s do it!   (more…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #9 – Win a Sony Tablet S (Updated: Winner Picked!)

It is now Day 9 of DL and NVIDIA’s Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra.  There are only two days left, folks.  It’s coming down to the wire to be able to snag up a Tegra 2 powered Android device.  Today we have a very popular Honeycomb tablet called the Sony Tablet S.  Want it?

Update: And the winner of the Sony Tablet S is…. (more…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #7 – Win a 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi (Updated: Winner Picked!)

It is now Day 7 of DL and NVIDIA’s Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra. Everyone has just 4 days left to win themselves some tegra-powered tablet goodness.  So far we have given away 6 tablets and still have 4 more to go.  So let’s keep it going with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi.

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 has an extremely thin housing which is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Viewing documents and videos are a real pleasure with the tab’s 8.9″ HD WXGA display coupled with both, front and back cameras. Have at it.   (more…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #4 – Win a 16GB Toshiba Thrive (Updated: Winner Picked!)

Day 4 of DL and NVIDIA’s Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra is now up. We have already given away three tablets to some great people, but we know there are many others that want a free X-mas present.  Counting today, you still have 6 chances to end up with a free Android tablet powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor.  Today, we have a Toshiba Thrive up for grabs.

With its rugged design and extremely durable construction, the Thrive is one heck of a Honeycomb tablet.  The tablet boasts 16GB of storage, dual cameras, gyroscope, removable battery, and a full USB and HDMI port.  Have at it and good luck!  (more…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #3 – Win a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (Updated: Winner Picked!)

Day 3 of DL and NVIDIA’s Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra is here! We knocked out two of our ten tablets on Monday and Tuesday, but this is only the beginning. Counting today, you have another 7 chances to walk away as a new Tegra 2 powered tablet owner. What do you say we give away a shiny new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to celebrate?

As one of our favorite Android tablets to date, there aren’t many this thin or with a display as beautiful. If there was one tablet to get your Tegra Zone gaming fix on, this would most definitely be it. And speaking of Tegra, you may want to consider Zen Pinball THD as your first Tegra-built game. Who doesn’t love pinball?

So who wants it?   (more…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #2 – Win a Lenovo Tablet K1 (Updated: Winner Picked!)

Day 2 of Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra is here! Yesterday, we handed out an Asus Eee Pad Slider and are now ready to open up entries for today’s tablet contest. The prize is a Lenovo Tablet K1 which is one of the lesser known Tegra 2 tablets, but is one that shouldn’t have missed your radar. As expected, is powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 processor, has 1GB of RAM, dual cameras, a 10.1″ HD screen, has all of your favorite ports including HDMI, and comes standard with 32GB of storage. And not only that, but this is one of the prettier tablets you will find.

So who wants one?   (more…)

Contest: Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra #1 – Win an Asus Eee Pad Slider (Updated: Winner Picked!)

To kick Droid Life and NVIDIA’s Two Weeks of Holiday Tegra, we thought we would start with Asus’ other Tegra 2 tablet, the Eee Pad Slider. It’s all of the goodness you want and expect from the original Transformer, but with a sliding keyboard attached. You will find a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, a beautiful 10.1″ display, dual cameras, and all of the hot ports including HDMI. Yep, it’s a winner.   (more…)