Last year, HTC was the biggest smartphone maker to use Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor in a flagship device – the One X. This year though, HTC chose a Qualcomm chipset for its One smartphone, and that had us a bit worried about the Tegra 4‘s prospects in the smartphone world. Today though ZTE has announced that it’s going to bring to market the first devices powered by Nvidia’s new chip.
So not one handset, but many. The first ones should be out before the end of June apparently, so that nicely gives us a rough release time frame for the Tegra 4 (which was previously missing).
This release, however, will happen in China. So if you’re elsewhere, Tegra 4 devices will probably be coming to a store near you in the second half of 2013. But no further details are available at this point, since ZTE just put out a press release mainly to boast about being the most well-known manufacturer to start working with Nvidia’s new chip.
We assume that no other company will bring Tegra 4 phones to the market sooner in the ‘developed world’, so this still isn’t particularly good news for Nvidia. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 will be shipping inside the LG Optimus G Pro and HTC One in a week or three, and even the Snapdragon 800 may be out before the Tegra 4 is outside of China. Then again, things change increasingly rapidly in the mobile world, so don’t count Nvidia out just yet.
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