ZTE Mimosa X made official with NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Ice Cream Sandwich in towAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Looks like announcing two new Android handsets today just wasn't enough for the folks at ZTE. Tonight the company announced the ZTE Mimosa X, the first smartphone to be powered by the NVIDIA-made combo of a dual-core Tegra 2 processor and an Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. Also packed inside the Mimosa X is a 4.3-inch qHD (960x540) touchscreen, 5-megapixel camera, 0.3-megapixel front-facing shooter, 4GB internal storage and the usual GPS, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support. Like the other two handsets unveiled by ZTE today, the Mimosa X packs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.
So that's the ZTE Mimosa X. Although it may not be a spec nerd's dream since it's not packing a shiny new NVIDIA Tegra 3 core, the Mimosa sounds like a decent handset overall, and it's kind of exciting to see a smartphone with an NVIDIA Tegra processor and Icera modem. Plus, we're always happy to see new Android handsets coming to market with the Google's latest dessert in tow. ZTE says that the Mimosa X will be launching in Q2 2012, but it'll also be making the trip to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress later this month. We'll be there too, so you can bet that we'll be keeping an eye out for an opportunity to try ZTE's new Mimosa for ourselves. The full press release from ZTE is available below.
ZTE to Show New Mimosa X Handset Featuring NVIDIA Tegra Dual-Core Processor and NVIDIA Icera Modem at MWC 2012
ZTE smart phone to target high spec video and audio handset sector
February 21, 2012, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment and network solutions, is set to launch a new Android handset, the ZTE Mimosa X, running the NVIDIA® Tegra® 2 mobile processor and the NVIDIA Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, at the global telecoms industry event Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
The ZTE Mimosa X will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and have a high quality QHD (960 x 540 pixel) capacitive TFT touchscreen. It will also come equipped with a 5 MP autofocus and flash camera, with a 0.3 MP front facing camera for video-calling.
The Mimosa X will also have a wide range of user-friendly capabilities built in, including GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, an accelerator for screen orientation management and firmware over the air (FOTA) updating, and a proximity sensor.
The ZTE Mimosa X handset, powered by the Tegra 2 processor, will be targeted at smart phone users who take their handset audio and video capabilities seriously. Features of the handset will include 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. It also includes an Icera baseband processor, making it the first phone to incorporate this cutting-edge technology that was acquired last year by NVIDIA.
“The Tegra processor and Icera modem will play an important part in the development of the mobile handset market, and ZTE has worked closely with NVIDIA to develop the Mimosa X smart phone in time for launch at this major global telecoms industry event,” said Mr. He Shiyou,Executive Vice President and Head of the Terminal Division of ZTE. “We expect that the Tegra processor will have a big impact on the mainstream mobile communications world in the coming months and years.”
“The ZTE Mimosa X sets a milestone for the mobile computing industry,” said Michael Rayfield, General Manager of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “This is the first time that both NVIDIA Tegra and Icera processors are powering a smartphone. The Mimosa X brings the outstanding performance and long battery life that Tegra has quickly become known for, into the mainstream smartphone market.”
The Mimosa X will be launched around Q2 2012.
ZTE will be on stand B145 in Hall 8 at Mobile World Congress 2012, which takes place at the Fira exhibition site in Barcelona, Spain, from February 27 through March 1, 2012.
Via The Verge