ZTE and Nvidia Unveil The Mimosa X – First Smartphone With Nvidia’s Icera Modem Inside


Something you may not know about me; I love mimosas. They’re refreshing, you can get a little buzz off ’em, heck- they’re even borderline good for you. Well, mimosas are about to sound a whole lot more fun now that Nvidia and ZTE are teaming up to introduce the world’s first phone powered by nothing but Nvidia technology inside — the ZTE Mimosa X.

I know that may sound a bit confusing but traditionally, we have a chipset manufacturer who makes the processor of a device (the real meat and potatoes, if you will) and then we have a Qualcomm modem for getting you that precious 3G/4G/LTE signal to your phone. With the Mimosa X, this is the first time we’re seeing a device that is using an Nvidia processor and their all new Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. Pretty exciting stuff.

The ZTE Mimosa X will feature Nvidia’s Tegra 2 dual-core processor firing on both cylinders thanks to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich coming pre-installed on the device, a 4.3-inch 960×540 display, 4GB of internal storage and 5MP rear with front facing camera.

Early today, we saw a pair of ZTE devices about to make their debut at MWC next week and it looks like we can add another to ZTE’s mid-level Android lineup. We can expect the ZTE to launch sometime around the second quarter of this year with no word yet on pricing or carrier. Out of PF200, N910 and now the Mimosa X, which of these 3 do you find the most appealing? Full press release below.

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Feb. 20, 2012—NVIDIA and ZTE today announced the ZTE Mimosa X, the first smartphone to be powered both by the NVIDIA ®Tegra ® application processor and its Icera® modem, which came to NVIDIA through its Icera acquisition in mid-2011.

“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.”

The Mimosa X is powered by the NVIDIA Tegra 2 mobile processor, featuring a dual-core CPU and GeForce® GPU, and the NVIDIA Icera 450 HSPA+ modem, comprising baseband and RF processors, featuring excellent throughput and low power.  It will run Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), feature a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) screen, rear 5 MP and front cameras, and 4 GB of storage expandable to 32 GB.

The ZTE Mimosa X will deliver super multimedia capabilities, including 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.

The Mimosa X will be launched around Q2 2012. Positioned squarely for the mainstream market, it brings new levels of performance and connectivity to this large segment of users.

Consumers will now be able to use a mainstream smartphone to experience the same speedy web browsing, smooth multitasking, and HD video, as well as console-quality gaming with TegraZone, that was previously available only in high-end phones. TegraZone™ is NVIDIA’s free Android Market app that showcases the best games optimized for the Tegra processor.

The NVIDIA Icera 450 supports up to 21Mbps category 14 HSPA+ with fast downloads in fading channels, IceClear™ interference cancellation technology for even faster throughput at the cell edge and advanced Release 7 features for an ultra-low latency network response.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Oh god that UI looks awful.

    1.  hard to tell by just a screen shot, a UI is a lot more then that, i can make stock android look that boring if i wanted to.

      1. Yeah hard to tell. Looks just like touchwiz or blur or lg. Four icons on bottom row with apps on the far right

    2. Why care about the UI? It’s Android. You can have any UI you want.

    3. Not to mention that is definitely photoshopped onto the phone.

  2. Is it me or does that look like a blatant knock off the Galaxy Nexus…

  3. why are people that arent htc samsung or motorola even making phones.

    theyre probably loosing money 

    1. When will people like you understand that competition between phone makers are good for us(consumers) and yes there are a market for cheaper phones in the world, there are a reason Nokia is still one of the largest mobile phone companies in the world :) third world is really screaming for cheap phones.

    2. Why are Samsung, Motorola, and HTC still making phones? That’s what I want to know. They’ve done an absolutely TERRIBLE job keeping up with android.

      FFS! They’re still developing a new gingerbread phone every month when they shouldnt be doing anything but focusing on 4.0 and the upcoming 5.0 os’s. 

      Seriously, i dont think anyone has done a worse job than Motorola and Samsing, HTC has done alright. The only GOOD thing to come out of android, is the Dev community.

  4. if it comes with ics why does the pic have the gingerbread notification bar

  5. What a Waste! Only has a 4.3″ on such awesome device! It should at least has a 4.7″ screen. I’m still lovong my HTC Sensation XL with it’s awesome 4.7″ screen!

  6. I like the way it looks, and it sounds like a step forward in some areas. 

  7. Neat, would love to see what a full Nvidia phone could do.

  8. Lol… specs are pretty much equal to my Atrix and that came out over a year ago.

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