Although Nvidia made its newest mobile processor, dubbed Tegra 4, official during last month’s CES, there didn’t seem to be a lot of interest surrounding the SoC. The only company reported to be interested in using the chip was HP, but that rumor was a bit fishy.
Also, HP is supposedly planning to build an Android tablet and not a phone. And we know Nvidia’s processors used to be very popular among smartphone manufacturers first and foremost.
But now the first confirmation of a phone or several phones using the Tegra 4 platform has come. Unfortunately for Nvidia, the name of the first partner is not exactly high-profile: ZTE. Granted, the Chinese have impressed at CES 2013, but they’re still a long way from becoming a household name in the industry on a global level.
We don’t have a lot of specifics on the ZTE-Nvidia collaboration, but one thing is clear – the first Tegra 4 phone will be out in H1 2013 (by the end of June). At least in China. Sounds like trouble in paradise for Nvidia, doesn’t it?