It was around a month ago – in Las Vegas, Nevada – that Nvidia lifted the lid on the Tegra 4, with the bold claim of being the “world’s fastest mobile processor”, with six times the power of the Tegra 3.
We were unsure when to expect the first Tegra 4-based phones, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE promises it’ll unleash the first batch before mid-year. ‘Citing.
ZTE neglects to mention anything by name, but promises a “super phone” with the i500 LTE chipset. The Tegra 4 has a whopping 72 GPU cores, alongside four Cortex-A15 cores.
That certainly fits with ZTE’s game plan, as it shifts its focus from the low-end. Last month, Lv Qianhao, head of ZTE's handset strategy, purred: "We would like to raise the percentage of mid- to high-range smartphones. That's the direction we're heading.”
With regards to Tegra 4 action, a different guy yells: "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.”
Of course, it’s not clear if ZTE’s Tegra 4 “super phone” will make it to these shores. We can but hope.
In related news, Nvidia has just unveiled the Tegra 4i, with slightly more modest credentials.