ZTE Geek, the world's first Tegra 4 phone, is now officially official

ZTE Geek, the world's first Tegra 4 phone, is now officially official

The ZTE Geek, the world's first Tegra 4-powered smartphone has had a rocky start, and we're unsure whether the way ZTE handled it all spells professionalism or the very opposite.

Let's dial back all the way to the beginning of April. The ZTE Geek was showcased during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, probably because at that time it was said to be powered by a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom chipset and sport some otherwise upper mid-range specs, like a 720p screen. The Intel version of the Geek was slated for a Q3 launch.

That didn't last. A few months later in July, a TENAA certification (China's FCC equivalent) spoiled whatever surprise there may have been by spilling the beans on a new, overhauled version of the ZTE Geek, at least hardware-wise. The new Geek now had NVDIA's latest and greatest Tegra 4 SoC on the inside, and the aforementioned 720p screen got a bump to 1080p – a pretty healthy (and much needed) upgrade, if you're targeting the high end in today's climate. Companies, however, don't usually like it when their products are unveiled without their consent (or a level of preparedness), so ZTE went ahead and jumped right in, “announcing” the ZTE Geek with the help of a few snaps posted on the manufacturer's Weibo account. Ouch.

So how do you make the best of such a mess? Unveil the handset once again, making it officially official. For the second time. That's right, ZTE has just launched the Geek with an appropriate amount of fanfare during Beijing's International Telecommunication Exhibition. The specs, luckily, haven't changed from the last time – it's still a 5-inch 1080p device powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core Tegra 4 system-on-chip. It's got the respectable 2GB of RAM, though the battery, at 2300mAh, is kind of underwhelming. What's more, the ZTE flagship is currently available only on China Mobile's network, and it will unfortunately not support 3G outside of the country for the time being. Luckily, the price point that ZTE has achieved with the Geek is pretty impressive and makes up for the messy introduction: the ZTE Geek costs only 1888 Yuan, or about $308.

source: WeiPhone via G4Games



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

hahaha 5c?

4. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

It's design got leaked way earlier, No one had seen 5C at that time.

12. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

wasn't following the Geek, thanks for info :) I thought it was ridiculous if they pulled this off after the announcement

15. Navaid

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

You're welcome ;)

2. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

design looks like a bigger screen iphone 5c, but with better color choices

3. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Let's see what Tegra 4 SoC brings as a surprise.

5. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

Congratulations. Given that the Tegra 4 notoriously overheats and throttles even in full fledged, 10" tablets, ZTE have now created the world's first portable, hand-held toaster.

17. LG_is_the_best unregistered

Do buttter and jelly come standard?

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Is that a guy in a dress?

7. Tomfromsouth

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

Ha ha that female is scary yo! Shemale of note

8. Pewek

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Oh, I think Xiaomi Mi3 was first Tegra 4 phone...

10. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Mi3 is not available yet.

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I wonder how fast this smartphone will get incredibly hot when gaming.

14. lallolu

Posts: 732; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I don't trust tegra anymore. They seem not to care about heat on their CPUs.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

It's kind of sad that T4 has came out a while but now just got used in a phone :/ With $308 price tag... why not? haha

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Because Chinese manufacturers don't rip you off on phone prices like Samsung, Apple, HTC, Nokia etc. They accept a smaller cut on their profit so more people will buy it.

16. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

yes :) small profit x large amount of unit sold = big profit :P that's how Walmart makes money :D Plus I usually want to change phone every 1 yr or so... cheap phone is great for me :D

18. wilsonbooster

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 05, 2013

It will be fun to use Tegra 4 phones. But is ZTE is the trustable brand for smartphones technlogy. cellphoneboosterstore.com

19. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

give us a bigger battery or atleast custom make cases with added battery built in to double batter life.

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