The quad-core Era isn’t the only thing that ZTE revealed in its Mobile World Congress press event. While details (and photos) are hard to come by, company representatives detailed no less than nine new Android devices heading to the market over the next year, with a 7-2 split between smartphones and tablets. Thankfully they’ve broken down the releases into markets, so there’s no confusion as to who gets what – at least for now, most of these phones are headed to the market in the second or third quarter, so naturally nothing is set in stone.
First up is the Mimosa X (above), which you may have heard about before. This one is powered by a Tegra 2 processor and Nvidia’s new Icera HSPA+ modem, making it relatively novel among Android smartphones. The Mimosa X gets a 4.3-inch screen with a qHD resolution, 1GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. This one should debut in Europe and the US in Q2. It’s joined by the ZTE PF112 (code name) with a larger 4.5-inch 720p display, Android 4.0 and the new Miflavor interface over Ice Cream Sandwich.
From there is gets fuzzy. Two LTE phones should be coming to the American market: the ZTE N91 and PF200. Very little is known about these phones, except that they run ICS and have NFC capability. Four properly named phones will get European debuts: the Skate Acqua, Kis, Blade II and the aforementioned Mimosa X. The only one to get a proper debrief is the Blade II, which will be a 1Ghz upgrade to the original Blade.
Rounding out the presentation were two tablets, the ZTE PF 100 (10-inches) and the ZTE T98 (7-inches). Both will use Nvidia Tegra 3 processors and the Miflavor Ice Cream Sandwich skin, with the smaller of the two due in the first half of the year and the larger due in the latter half. It’ll be hard for ZTE to outshine fellow Chinese OEM Huawei, who’s introduced their own quad-core processor in addition to smartphone and tablet hardware here at Mobile World Congress.