iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Nvidia Powers ZTE Mimosa X

Nvidia has partnered with Chinese mobile manufacturer ZTE to deliver the first dual chip solution from the US semiconductor giant in a phone called the Mimosa X.

Nvidia's Michael Rayfield said in a statement "The Mimosa X marks the first time NVIDIA technology powers all the major processors in a single smartphone, and also the first time a premium mobile computing experience is coming to the mainstream smartphone market".

The phone features the Nvidia Ice 540 HSPA+modem which uses technology obtained by Nvidia through the acquisition of Icera last year.

The Mimosa X is the third phone announced by ZTE in 48 hours after the unveiling of the PF200 and the N910 yesterday, both bound for Mobile World Congress 2012 next week in Barcelona.

The Mimosa X is powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with a 4-inch 960 x 540 pixels screen resolution, a rear five megapixel camera, a VGA front facing one, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, a microSD card slot, 4GB onboard storage, DLNA and Dolby compatibility and the ability to record HD footage.

Nvidia has also bundled its own TegraZone gaming app store and ZTE says that the phone will be launched around Q2 2012. Expect ZTE to go alone with the Mimosa X, the PF200 and the N910, rather than relying on partners.