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World’s First Tegra 4 Phone Announced, But It’s Likely to be China Only

July 15, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

China Mobile is about to get the world’s first Tegra 4 phone. The ZTE Geek. NVIDIA announced the Tegra 4 back at CES in January. It’s one of the more powerful chips out there. It can go toe-to-toe with the Snapdragon 800 and even the Exynos 5 Octa. But the problem has been the pricing of the Tegra 4. Well it looks like ZTE has decided to cough up the cash to throw a Tegra 4 in their upcoming phone.

China’s TENAA certification database has leaked another device. Which is pretty common for China. ZTE also decided to share some shots of the ZTE Geek on a forum and Sina Weibo ahead of time. The company also confirmed the red device is actually the China Mobile version of the Geek.

The ZTE Geek is said to be sporting a 5-inch LCD display with a 1920×1080 resolution, front facing camera is 2MP, rear-facing is still at 8MP. It’ll also sport 2GB of RAM and the Tegra 4 will be clocked at 1.8GHz, making it a pretty powerful phone. It’s also noted that this device will only work on China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA network. Which means it’s a China-exclusive, at least for now it is.

ZTE isn’t much of a big OEM here in the US. Just like Huawei, they’ve tried to enter the US market but have really failed. ZTE has made some devices for T-Mobile, Sprint and some of the prepaid carriers out there. I’d definitely love to see both manufacturers make their way into the US, but I’m not going to hold my breathe for it. So we’ll probably be waiting a bit longer to see a Tegra 4-based phone entering the rest of the world. Hopefully it won’t take too long, as we already have a few Tegra 4 tablets announced and coming out very soon.

How many of you would pick up the ZTE Geek if it worked on your carrier?