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ZTE Mimosa X raises a glass to Ice Cream Sandwich

The ZTE Mimosa X will burst forth with Ice Cream Sandwich...sometime in the second quarter.

ZTE Mimosa X
ZTE Mimosa X Nvidia

ZTE's Android efforts will continue with the ZTE Mimosa X, a mid-range Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone that we can expect to see in the second quarter of 2012...somewhere. ZTE hasn't announced a market just yet, but this is a phone we should hear more about at Mobile World Congress next week.

The Mimosa X will have a 4.3-inch qHD screen (that's a 960x540-pixel resolution) a 5-megapixel camera, a front-facing camera, and an expandable memory slot capable of 32GB.

It will also include HD video capture and playback are also on-board, along with Nvidia's Tegra 2 dual-core processor and GeForce graphics processor (GPU), Dolby sound, and DLNA support. In addition, the Mimosa X will feature TegraZone games, which are specifically optimized for Nvidia's GPU.

Nvidia is pegging this as the first time that the Tegra processor, which divvies up tasks, and the Nvidia-acquired Icera modem, which connects to the data network, will be present on the same phone. Nvidia bought Icera in mid-2011.

This may not pack much significance for the everyday user, except that the Mimosa X will cost "substantially less than what the superphone market is today," according to Nvidia spokesperson Bruce Chan.

The Mimosa X will need to be wallet-friendly if it's to successfully counter the quad-core Ice Cream Sandwich phones we know will strut their stuff at the Barcelona show.