February 20, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
2011 was very kind to the folks at NVIDIA, who introduced the Tegra 2 processor to many Android phones and tablets. The company hopes to have an even bigger 2012 with the quad-core Tegra 3, but that hasn’t stopped NVIDIA from continuing to power dual-core devices.
NVIDIA just announced the ZTE Mimosa X, the first Tegra 2-powered phone to run an all-NVIDIA system among major processes. The device uses a Tegra 2 dual-core processor, GeForce GPU, and an Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. It is the first product to bear fruit from NVIDIA’s acquisition of Icera last year. The modem streamlines processing and allows for a more integrated approach built by NVIDIA. (More information on Icera here.)
“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.”
Other benefits of the new device include a 4.3-inch qHD screen with a 960 x 450 resolution. The Mimosa X has a 5 MP rear camera, front-facing camera for video chat, 4 GB of internal storage, and supports up to 32 GB through microSD. The device runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and is “positioned squarely for the mainstream market.” That means the Mimosa X isn’t trying to compete with the spec-beasts expected to be announced next week at Mobile World Congress. Instead, this will introduce what’s currently considered high-end smartphones for a larger audience.
TegraZone games will be offered to Mimosa X users, as will multimedia options like Dolby sound, DLNA, A2DP audio, and dual microphones. Expect to hear more info on pricing and regional availability shortly.