After several leaks and a little bit of anticipation, ZTE has finally unveiled its latest flagship device, the oddly named ZTE Geek. In a partnership with NVIDIA, the Chinese company is set to release the first onslaught of Tegra 4 powered phones with 72 Custom GPU Cores, and a Quad-Core Cortex-A15 CPU, spearheaded by the aforementioned ZTE Geek.
With a great SoC come great specs, as the ZTE Geek boasts its 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP back facing and 1MP front facing camera, the 1.8 GHz quad-core Tegra 4 processor, 8 GB of internal storage expandable through a MicroSD (up to 32 GB) coupled with 2 GB of RAM, and a sizeable 23000 mAh battery. All these encased in a hard, plastic shell. The ZTE Geek is said to run on Android 4.2.2 Jellybean, beneath the ZTE UI overlay. Previous leaks pegged the device to come with only a 720p display, an 8MP camera, and 1 GB of RAM. Luckily, all these got a bump into flagship level specs.
While most of the tech specs are comparable to current flagships, such as the HTC One and the Galaxy S4, the device’s SoC’s performance is yet to be gauged, leaving us room for speculation regarding its real world performance. Basing on the benchmarks from January’s Mobile World Congress , the Tegra 4 seems to edge Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600, the chipset found in most of today’s top-tier phones. Theoretically, we might be in for a better user experience from the Tegra 4, but that story is to be told on another day. With NVIDIA though, we are sure to expect a powerhouse gaming experience, as Tegra devices often enjoy additional gameplay enhancement from optimized games.
The pictured ZTE Geek in a pale-red enclosure will be a China Mobile exclusive, raising doubt against the possibility of an international roll-out, or even a US release. If ever the ZTE Geek is released in your country, will you be getting one?