Back in late February, we had reported that ZTE and NVIDIA will be paring up to release the first Tegra 4 powered Android smartphone. The Tegra 4 chipset was announced by Nvidia during MWC in Feb this year amidst great fanfare and excitement, and while we were all anticipating one of the more prominent smartphone manufacturers like HTC or LG to be the first to launch a smartphone with the next-gen chipset, it turned out later that it was ZTE from China that beat them all to the finish line. While there have been rumors and leaks of various other devices in works at ZTE, not much has been heard about the Tegra 4 powered flagship device since the announcement. Up until now, that is.
Fresh rumors out of China reveal that ZTE has just received a network license and approval to sell a brand, new Android powered handset, currently just known by its code name – the ZTE N988. There have also been a few leaked images which give us a few minor details about the specs and hint that this could be a flagship device. Now since ZTE has alrweady announced its other flagship device – the ZTE Grand S earlier this year, we are inclined to believe that the N988 could well be the Tegra 4 powered beast that we have all been waiting for. Check out the spy photos below.
While the pics don’t reveal much, except for the 13 Megapixel camera, the rumor mill which is buzzing wildly around this fella, seems to be pointing towards a massive 5.7-inch 720p display, 2 Gigs of RAM and of course, the new Tegra 4 chipset from Nvidia. The only thing I fail to understand is why ZTE would not want to include a 1080p display in a phone powered by what could well be the most powerful mobile chipset on the planet this year. It’s not like they don’t have the tech, but it is entirely possible that the decision to use the Tegra 4 may have been closed rather hastily.
Here’s another leaked pic of the actual device for you to feast your eyes on. As you can see, the N988 looks pretty similar to the Grand S, and manages to come in at wafer thin at a mere 6.9mm, which is quite impressive for such a large handset.
Now that some information has popped up about this device we would be keeping our antennae tuned in for any more details that may surface. Stay tuned for more.