ZTE Geek could be the world’s first NVIDIA Tegra 4 smartphone


ZTE Geek Tegra 4-1

There’s no question NVIDIA has been fighting an uphill battle when it come to adoption of their Nvidia Tegra 4 mobile processor. Aside from the NVIDIA’s own SHIELD portable gaming handheld, there just aren’t too many smartphone vendors jumping at the opportunity to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 SoC in their devices.

In a market largely dominated by chipset maker Qualcomm, it seems NVIDIA has made a believer out ZTE who is rumored to be introducing the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone, a newly leaked version of the ZTE Geek (US988S). Apparently 2 versions of this device will arrive this year (which looks awfully similar to the HTC First). The international model, announced back in April, will be powered by an Intel Atom processor, while this latest version seems to be headed for China Mobile housing an NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor.

Obligatory specs for the ZTE Geek show a 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 8MP/2MP cameras, along with Android 4.2.2. No word on if we’ll see this device outside its homeland of China, but with ZTE’s new focus on high-end devices for the US, it’s possible we could see a carrier branded version of this device in the near future.

[ZhongXingFans | via GSMInsider]

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. Why is the Tegra 4 not being adopted as quickly as other SoC’s? So far there’s only 3 devices that will use it (ZTE Geek, Transformer ∞, Shield)…?

    1. Why should it? Maybe the processor isn’t compatible with certain radios or something.

      I for one wouldn’t care. I don’t notice too much differences with high-end processors.

      1. CPU wise not a really big difference like 3-4/10 of a second faster launch time but i think GPU wise its night and day compared to SoC of last year. Just the GPU difference from the S600 to the S800 is huge and those chips were released months apart from each other.

    2. Probably has something to do with the fact Nvidia has burnt a lot of bridges with their under performing SoCs, and blatantly lied or at least greatly exaggerated their speeds in the past. The Manufacturers believed them up until the Tegra 3 which created some major flops with its inferior SoC.

    3. I know it doesn’t count for too much, but the 10″ HP android tablet due august of this year was actually the first non-shield Tegra 4 device announced.

    4. Tegra 3 had shitty battery life, Snapdragon is just as powerful and more efficient, and the processor is ahead of the curve when it comes to LTE.

  2. The radios in the thing are china-only, which lowers my meh score from 2 to 0.1

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