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ZTE Geek U988S is the first Tegra 4 phone; device is coming to China Mobile

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ZTE Geek U988S is the first Tegra 4 phone; device is coming to China Mobile
The first mobile phone powered by the quad-core Tegra 4 has been outed by Chinese manufacturer ZTE. The ZTE Geek U988S, originally expected to feature an Intel processor inside, will instead be powered by the NVIDIA produced chip. The Tegra 4 will be clocked at 1.8GHz and the phone will have 2GB of RAM onboard.

Other changes include an improvement in the screen's resolution from 720 x 1280 to 1080 x 1920, and the sensor on the front-facing snapper will double to 2MP from the original 1MP. Meanwhile the camera on back will remain at 8MP. And while it is great that ZTE has decided to launch the phone with updated specs, this model will only be released in China for China Mobile's proprietary TD-SCDMA network. The carrier is the largest mobile operator in the world.

The original ZTE Geek was introduced on April 10th and was originally supposed to launch in the third quarter. We have no word on whether the revisions will be handled in time to keep that launch date time period.

The ZTE Geek U988S will be the first smartphone powered by a Tegra 4 processor

The ZTE Geek U988S will be the first smartphone powered by a Tegra 4 processor


source: TENAA (translated), SinaWeibo (translated) via Engadget

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posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:24 2

1. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Why not a 13MP back camera? Also current flagships have bad front facing cameras, this being a high end phone from china I would of atleast expected a 5MP front. Theres even been a few chinese phones with 8MP front facing cameras.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:27 3

2. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Snapdragon 800 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Tegra 4

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:33 4

4. huynhdoantho (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 May 2013)


Tegra 4 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>​>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Snap 800 IF both same clock

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:34 3

6. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
this

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 11:05 1

15. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


Isn't it obvious?
Exynos Octa at 1.6 GHz beats Snapdragon 600 at 1.9 GHz. Since, Krait 400 is simply Krait 300 on 28 nm HKMG with a better L2 cache controller.

So, Quad A15 at 1.9 GHz will handily beat Quad Krait 400 at 2.3 GHz. Even NVIDIA's GPU will easily beat Adreno 330. But in terms of power efficiency, Snapdragon 800 hands down.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 08:06 1

13. yowanvista (Posts: 306; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


Tegra = niche platform = poor open kernel sources = limited rollout of Android updates = users royally screwed.

Tegra 3 devices haven't even obtained Kernel 3.4.y compared to all S600+ devices. Nvidia apparently feels that it's too mainstream to benefit from the software improvements & optimizations offered by the latest kernels.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:30 2

3. FlushGordon (unregistered)


So it's now official , NO major OEM wants a piece of Nvidia.... perhaps they need to go back to the drawing board and re-examine their capabilities now that intel and Mediatek are gaining grounds

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:58 1

7. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Mediatek is going to make the jump over to the US next year with its 2ghz a7 Octacore LTE chips. Basically means that the midrange phones will be equal to a quad core a15 in terms of raw power.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 11:06 1

16. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)


What source do you have that the Cortex A7 Octa chip will be clocked at 2 GHz??

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 03:33

5. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


when will droid OS satisfied with its resourse hunger?
when we put i7?

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 04:00 4

8. Shatter (Posts: 2030; Member since: 29 May 2013)


It only takes 1gb of ram and a quad core a7 to run android 100% smooth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgjS2uSZWnw

The newer version of the zp980 has a mediatek turbo, 2gb of ram and a 32gb rom and only cost $350.

The reason phones like the S4 lag is because Samsung brute forces their crappy unoptimized bloatware into it.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 04:08

9. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


you cant blame sammy for that

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 04:44 1

10. Captain_Doug (Posts: 759; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Uh, yeah you can. If they can't write good software but throw it on your phone and it slows down, then they shouldn't be putting that software on your phone.

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 04:50

11. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


they are selling millions.so i dont think they have a reason to chanhe it

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 05:30 1

12. EXkurogane (Posts: 863; Member since: 07 Mar 2013)


to RUN android smooth > yes
to RUN resource hungry apps on android smoothly > no (especially that 1Gb of RAM)

posted on 15 Jul 2013, 08:25

14. Gulenkov (Posts: 48; Member since: 15 May 2013)


Of course. But we're talking about the interface lags

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