Apr 18 AT 5:18 PM Taylor Wimberly 14 Comments

World’s first Tegra 4 smartphone spotted in China?


When NVIDIA announced their new Tegra 4 chip, ZTE quickly committed to being the first partner to produce smartphones with both NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor and i500 LTE modem. Thanks to a new leak from China, we might now have our first look at ZTE’s latest Android device.

The ZTE N988 is rumored to include a Tegra 4 chip, 5.7-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels, 2GB of RAM, 13 megapixel rear camera, and 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The 720p display resolution is a little weird since ZTE has already moved on to 1080p displays in their flagship phones, so these specs might not be final.

ZTE originally said they expected to launch the first Tegra 4 super phones in China in the first half of 2013, but we are not sure if they will meet that deadline with only two months left. NVIDIA also said their Tegra 4-powered Project Shield would debut in Q2, but we have yet to receive the actual pricing and availability.

NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 boasts some impressive performance with it’s quad-core Cortex-A15 CPUs and 72-core GeForce GPU, but the company has said they expect mobile chip sales to remain flat this year. NVIDIA revealed that Tegra 4 is launching later than they had planned, because they pulled away some resourced to move up the launch of Tegra 4i, their first chip with integrated LTE.

We have seen ZTE make advances in the US market, so there is a chance this device could come stateside. However, NVIDIA’s i500 LTE modem does not support CDMA so you can rule out availability on Verizon or Sprint. There is a chance we could see ZTE pair the Tegra 4 chip with a Qualcomm modem (like AT&T did with their HTC One X+), but we will have to wait and see.

Virtually every high-end Android smartphone sold in the US this year will include a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, so let’s hope that NVIDIA is successful with Tegra 4 so we can see more competition in the mobile SoC market.

Source: GSM Insider

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  • AM

    You lost me at 5.7 inch display.

    • vforvortex

      and all that power but went with a the 720p screen? smh

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Having owned a 1080p smartphone, it’s pretty hard to tell the difference between 720p unless you break out a microscope. One benefit of the lower resolution is faster performance in games and less power consumed.

        • SGB101

          I think it would be a push to tell on an ips screen, but an amoled screen would benefit.

        • Raptor

          How many diopters are your glasses, Taylor? Have doctors checked your astigmatism?

        • martijn

          yes 720p screens are good enough, and better batterylife is a must these days

  • Co1e

    Is it just me or is that thing fugly? Here’s to hoping that’s not the final design.

  • donger

    ZTE logo needs to go.

  • rpras

    That thing has pogo pins??

  • epps720

    Anyone else notice that they actually write out ‘MEGA PIXELS’ on the back camera instead of the MP… little weird

    • Dags -

      They obviously want their customers to know just how awesome their pixels actually are ;)

  • scubabum

    I wonder what’s the usage the 5 metal-dots on the side? Connectors to a dock?
    If so, wouldn’t the dock block the volume rockers?

  • Shadrack

    Please how can i get one of the phone

  • Shadrack

    Please put its image