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By 21 February 2012 | Categories: news

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Following right in the wake of the recent unveiling of two new LTE (4G) equipped, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) running smartphones, ZTE and Nvidia have announced the ZTE Mimosa X, the first smartphone to boast a Nvidia Tegra application processor and Nvidia Icera modem.

The Nvidia Icera modem 450 supports up to 21 Mbps category 14 HSPA+ with fast downloads in fading channels, as well as IceClear interference cancellation technology to boost data throughput. Nvidia acquired Icera, a manufacturer of baseband processors for 3G as well as 4G cellular mobile phones and tablet PCs, last year.

The Mimosa X is powered by the fast and furious Nvidia Tegra 2 mobile processor, which boasts a dual-core 1 GHz CPU and GeForce GPU. It operates on Android Ice Cream Sandwich, and also sports a 4.3" qHD (540 x 960) display, rear-facing 5 MP camera and front-facing snapper for video-calling and capturing self-portraits. Also onboard is 4 GB of storage (expandable via a microSD slot supporting cards up to 32 GB in size), Dolby sound, digital living network alliance (DLNA) compatibility for easy sharing of content, HD video record and playback, dual microphones and a built-in gyroscope.

“The ZTE Mimosa X is exciting for a few reasons,” said Michael Rayfield, general manager of 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.”

ZTE’s Mimosa X will be launched around Q2 2012. No local release info is available yet.
 
In related news Nvidia recently announced that Audi has selected its new Tegra 3 mobile processor to power the German car maker’s in-vehicle infotainment systems, as well as its new digital instrument clusters that is replacing traditional dashboard gauges, across its full line of vehicles worldwide starting in 2013.

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