ZTE delivers Nvidia's affordable Mimosa X superphone

ZTE and Nvidia have announced a fully-loaded Android superphone using Nvidia’s Tegra 2 and an Icera modem for RF and baseband, ahead of Mobile World Congress next week. It is called the Mimosa X.

The Chinese company is making a name for itself by manufacturing cheap-as-chips handsets with very full feature sets. In this case, the Mimosa X falls into Nvidia’s idea of a superphone and promises to deliver just about everything you’d expect of one.

For now, Nvidia and ZTE confirm the device is a dual-core Tegra 2 SoC running Android Ice Cream Sandwich with a retina-display-like 4.3-inch 960×540 capacitive screen and 4GB of internal storage, expandable by a further 32GB by removable media. A fair guess would be microSD.

Communications are provided by Nvidia’s acquired Icera technology, an Icera 450 HSPA+ modem. Icera is expected to be integrated into the Tegra SoC by 2013, but for now the chippery will remain an add-on.

The device also has dual microphones, a 5MP camera on the back, a 0.3MP camera on the front for video calls, built-in gyroscope and DLNA support for your home.

To those who heard Nvidia’s financial analyst call on the 15th of February, this announcement is exactly what Jen-Hsun Huang was eagerly chatting about: a mainstream phone with a feature set and performance to rival the iPhone 4S. However, both Nvidia and ZTE have been mum about pricing. Considering that Nvidia’s CEO blurted out “$150”, at that particular event, we can only hope ZTE will deliver on this.

Nvidia is trumpeting this as a major breakthrough, and if the pricing pans out, it could well break the competition’s back on value for money.

Having been masterminded by Nvidia in narrow co-operation with ZTE, this phone promises to be a regular Volkswagen Beetle of mobile phones… the people’s smartphone, even.