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

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.


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

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16 Comments

1. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

2. FlushGordon unregistered

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

4. huynhdoantho

Posts: 2; Member since: May 24, 2013

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

6. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

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.

13. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 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.

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

7. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

16. AppleHateBoy unregistered

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

5. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

8. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 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.

9. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

you cant blame sammy for that

10. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

11. abcdefgh

Posts: 471; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

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

12. EXkurogane

Posts: 863; Member since: Mar 07, 2013

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

14. Gulenkov

Posts: 50; Member since: May 15, 2013

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

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