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.