When NVIDIA first announced the availability of the quad-core Tegra 4 processor which was based on ARM’s Cortex-A15 architecture earlier this year in January, there were plenty of possibilities as to what the future might bring with this new processor. The thing is, only a handful of tablets that come with a Tegra 4 processor underneath the hood has been unveiled since, and it has not yet made an appearance on any smartphones to date – at least, not on any known brands. Since there is always a first time for everything, word on the street has it that the ZTE U988S could very well be the first to come with the Tegra 4 processor.
NVIDIA’s play in the mobile chipset arena has not been all smooth sailing this year, but perhaps their luck might change in the months ahead. We do not have some kind of know-it-all crystal ball that we are able to peer into, but if the ZTE U988S is released soon, we would be able to get our hands on the first Android smartphone that runs on the Tegra 4 chipset. So far, rumored specifications for the ZTE U988S include a 5” 1080p Full HD touchscreen display, a quad-core 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, a 13MP camera at the back, a 2-megapixel shooter in front, 2GB RAM, and a microSD memory card slot, all crammed into a chassis that measures 9mm thin with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean in tow.