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Nvidia ropes in ZTE to launch the first Tegra 4 'superphone'

Will arrive in mid-2013
Thu Feb 21 2013, 10:51

CHIP DESIGNER Nvidia has announced a partnership with ZTE that will see the Chinese phone maker launch the first Tegra 4 'superphone', the company announced on Thursday.

ZTE said that it will release the first smartphones powered by the Nvidia Tegra 4 mobile processor in the first half of 2013, although the two firms are keeping quiet regarding what we can expect from the debut devices.

Nvidia says, "The Tegra 4 will enable the ZTE devices to deliver ultra-fast web browsing, improved app load times, more realistic gaming experiences and great battery life - thanks to the processor's 72 custom Nvidia Geforce cores and quad-core ARM Cortex A15 CPU."

We're hoping we may catch a glimpse of ZTE's 'world first' at MWC next week, although the firm has already revealed that we'll be seeing its first Firefox phone at the conference, along with the large-screened ZTE Memo.

While we don't know what to expect from ZTE's and the world's first Tegra 4 smartphone, its use of Nvidia's latest mobile chip does give us some hints at the phones specifications. We can expect built in 4G LTE, for example and Nvidia's Tegra Zone application pre-installed, which offers games optimised for the quad-core chip.

Phil Carmack, SVP of the Mobile business at Nvidia said, "ZTE's newest super phones will show off Tegra 4's processing power, efficiency and unprecedented capabilities.

"They're a great example of what the market expects from one of the world's largest phone makers."

We've contacted ZTE to see if it can give us any more clues as to what to expect. µ


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