Dual-core processors are not only a trait for smartphone heavyweights anymore, and here comes another smartphone that solidifies that statement. Enter the ZTE Mimosa X – powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 chip by NVIDIA, it is an Android mid-range device tailored for the mainstream market.
What is interesting about the ZTE Mimosa X is that it uses an NVIDIA Icera 450 baseband modem, which resides alongside a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip. This is actually the first time we see Icera hardware in a smartphone since the company was acquired by NVIDIA
back in mid-2011. The Icera 450 is capable of reaching 21Mbps peak download speeds and features IceClear interference cancellation technology that promises more reliable data transmission.
Going further down its specs sheet, the ZTE Mimosa X packs a 4.3-inch display with qHD resolution. There is a 5-megapixel main camera on its back, a front-facing shooter for video chats, and the 4 gigabytes of on-board storage can be expanded with a microSD card of up to 32GB. We also see support for Dolby sound, DLNA, dual microphones, and a built-in gyroscope. In terms of software, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich comes out of the box.
The ZTE Mimosa X is scheduled for launch during the second quarter of 2012, and even though its price remains unknown, we have a feeling that it is going to offer lots of value for its money. We expect seeing the handset at MWC 2012, along with the recently announced duo of ZTE Android smartphones
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 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.