Press shots for the ZTE U988S leak, unveil the world’s first Tegra 4-powered smartphone

by: Adam KoueiderJuly 9, 2013

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It has been a little over six months since Nvidia unveiled its next-gen Tegra 4 processor. While we were genuinely impressed with its performance and especially its monster 72-core GPU, it seems smartphone OEMs were not as impressed, as most of them opted for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 and 800 series.

So while we’ve seen a few tablets featuring the Nvidia Tegra 4, we hadn’t seen a smartphone unveiled with the processor. That is until now, after a leaked press shot and some rumored specs have unveiled what looks to be the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone, the ZTE U988S. No this isn’t the leaned down version, the Tegra 4i, this is the full fat, quad-core (well 4+1) A15 version.


A leaked press shot of the ZTE U988S.

The smartphone is rumored to feature a quad-core Tegra 4 clocked at 1.8Ghz, a 5-inch Full HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera, a microSD slot and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, all in a slim 9mm thick frame. The only missing pieces of information are the battery size, an official name and unveiling, and the most important piece of the puzzle, the price.

Would you be interested in the ZTE U988S? Do you prefer the Tegra 4 over the Snapdragon 800?

  • Mohd Danial

    to thin.. wont that spoil the internals if the battery overheats?

    • Android Telegraph

      Didn’t you hear? Manufacturers no longer care about anything but the thinness of a device, even though no one ever asked them for thin as hair smartphones. It’s a sad trend, these manufacturers should instead be adding camera shutter buttons and a hole to hold a lanyard, the latter is just so useful especially in the day and age of phones that break easily, but no, manufacturers don’t care. :/

      • Mohd Danial

        Apple. We truly thank u for that.

  • meridiem phooey

    No body likes cortex a-15 LoL. Nvidia should’vs made there own architecture like Qualcomm. Cortex a 15 use a shit town of battery and get really hot.

  • Android Telegraph

    NVIDIA is reportedly not too good with providing proper documentation and sources for their chipsets, and when you look at the Tegra 3, there are multiple performance issues as well unless you’re playing Tegra-optimized games. That’s why NVIDIA isn’t liked by the hacking community either, while Tegra 4 may turn out to be awesome, Tegra 3 and below just aren’t that great.

    • Ryanjayce

      Xda I’ve used 2 regrate devices that were well supported by the hacking community
      LG G2X
      Motorola Photon 4G

      • Android Telegraph

        Well supported does not equal easy to develop for/port stuff over. Tegra simply sucks, everyone hates it. NVIDIA has traditionally been unsupportive of the community/open source world, which is why even Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux, hates them.

        The Exynos chip of Samsung’s is similar, poor support of documentation etc by Samsung, so it’s tough to make AOSP ROMs etc for it, just ask the Samsung community how much they hate Exynos. :)

  • Joachim Nilsson

    Where’s the Like button?

  • Chirabrata Bhattarjee

    Tegra 4….will it come to India or not????

  • bess

    from the side it reminds me of lumia phone. the difference is just that hard edge screen glass.

    if this tegra4 phone sold between $250-$300 I might buy it :)

    otherwise it’s not worth the hassle (compatibility etc), snapdragon 800 would be a better choice overall.