NVIDIA reveals first Tegra and Icera phone, the ZTE Mimosa X

NVIDIA and ZTE announced tonight the release of the ZTE Mimosa X, a mid-entry Android phone running on Ice Cream Sandwich. The cool thing about the Mimosa X is that it is the first device that sports both NVIDIA’s own Tegra 2 chip and the Icera 450 21Mbps HSPA+ modem. If you didn’t know already, NVIDIA acquired modem-maker Icera last year and devices running on both components weren’t expected until 2013.

The ZTE Mimosa X will sport a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 540 display, Tegra 2 dual-core processor, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing camera, 4GB of internal storage and Android 4.0.

NVIDIA says that the Mimosa X will launch sometimes in Q2 of this year and unfortunately there are no details about how much it will cost. We should hear more details about this phone and other NVIDIA-equipped ones next week at MWC.

Full presser can be found below.

First Tegra-powered Smartphone Announced with NVIDIA’s

Icera Modem Technology

New ZTE Mimosa X Brings the NVIDIA Mobile Experience to the Mainstream Market

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.