While NVIDIA may have just announced the Tegra 4 at CES back in January, that isn't stopping ZTE from promising to deliver the first "superphone" to use the powerhouse chip by the end of Q2 2013. Although the company is being scant on exact device specifications, we do know that it will not only use the T4 chip, but also NVIDIA's new i500 LTE modem.


For those who may have missed everything the T4 has to offer, here's a quick rundown:

  • 4-PLUS-1 architecture, just like the Tegra 3
  • 72 GPU Cores
  • A15 architecture
  • Optional LTE modem via the i500

Judging by the wording in the press release, ZTE isn't working on just one Tegra 4-powered phone, either. It will likely be producing a family of phones – much like it did with the Tegra 3 chip – with various display sizes, RAM, and more.

Unfortunately, there's a catch: ZTE plans to release the first superphones exclusively in the Chinese market. While that may be great for those guys (and gals – we don't discriminate), it leaves those of us in other markets left wanting. I guess good things come to those who wait.

I just can't help but to be impatient.

ZTE and NVIDIA Partner To Launch First Tegra 4 Super Phones

New Devices to Feature 72 Custom GPU Cores, Quad-Core Cortex-A15 CPU, Icera i500 LTE Chipset for High Performance, Power Efficiency, Fast 4G Networking

20 February 2013, Shenzhen, China – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices has announced that it is partnering with NVIDIA to deliver the first super phones powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra® 4 mobile processor, with the first models to reach the market before mid-year.

ZTE has a long-term strategic partnership with NVIDIA and expects to launch the first Tegra 4 super phones in China in the first half of 2013. The Tegra 4 processor was only announced by NVIDIA in January, at the CES 2013 exhibition in Las Vegas.

“This is a clear demonstration of ZTE’s ability to quickly develop, and bring to market, market-leading devices running the industry’s latest technologies,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Terminal Division.

The NVIDIA 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. Tegra 4 also enables worldwide 4G LTE voice and data support through an optional chipset, the NVIDIA i500 processor. ZTE and NVIDIA are also planning a new LTE super phone using the i500 LTE chipset for blazing-fast networking.

These new devices build on ZTE and NVIDIA’s success with previous smartphones such as the Grand X, the first smartphone powered by both the Tegra processor and NVIDIA’s Icera modem; the Grand Era super phone with Tegra 3; and the U950, the first premium quad-core smartphone with Tegra 3 priced below $160 USD.

"We’re proud to continue our pioneering partnership with NVIDIA and are looking forward to offering more Tegra-powered devices, which are defining a new generation of phones offering premium mobile computing experiences,” said Mr. He. "Our Tegra 4 smartphones will provide full HD entertainment and multimedia experiences that consumers will love."

"ZTE's newest super phones will show off Tegra 4's processing power, efficiency and unprecedented capabilities,” said Phil Carmack, Senior Vice President of the Mobile business at NVIDIA. “They’re a great example of what the market expects from one of the world's largest phone makers."

Cameron Summerson
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  • Michael Forte

    I think the Tegra 4 may be a little obsolete by 2103...

    • bumum

      by 2103, smartphones will be obsolete

      • The Calm Critic

        hell we're all obsolete by then

  • Daniel Ng

    Guys? 2103? (:

  • http://twitter.com/cnraghu Raghavendra Nagaraja

    I thought you were initially kidding.. Could you please fix the year in the title.

  • Max Barlow

    I think you'd have bigger competition from a 10 year old in 2103 than Qualcomm

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    I just jumped off the call with ZTE and thankfully managed to talk them into fast forwarding the release cycle to the end of this year instead.


  • http://twitter.com/kuyanyan Yanyan | RR

    Aside from Tegra exclusive games, no one really loses out on anything here. Tegra 2 and 3 over-promised and under-delivered and with Snapdragon 600 and 800 on the way, it might be too late if they release those phones in China by the end of Q2.

  • Ivan Myring

    Not going to happen. Many zte phones from MWC and ces 2012 are still not here yet. They will be belated to it by another manufacturer.

    • Göran Sävström

      Been waiting for a very long time for the actual release of the Quad-core tablet T98 that they promised way back. I had hopes for ZTE once, but one announcement after another without any phones/tablets (with few exceptions) actually getting released...

      - Thanks, but no thanks.

  • Chris

    The link still says 2103. ;)

  • LazarusDark

    Is it just me or did anyone else see a Zelda dungeon in the pic at first glance...