ZTE Geek announced again, becomes the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone

ZTE Geek U998S Tegra 4

ZTE announced its Geek smartphone back in April, and at the time it housed an Intel Clover Trail+ running at 2GHz, but it never confirmed when or where it would go on sale. Time has ticked on, and after at least one false start where the Geek was accidentally leaked, ZTE has had another go at telling us all about it, only this time it’s not got Intel inside, but a Nvidia Tegra 4 processor.

This makes it the world’s first smartphone powered by the new Tegra 4, a chip which also just made its debut inside a tablet, the new Microsoft Surface 2. Nvidia crowed about ZTE being the first manufacturer developing a phone based on the Tegra 4 back in February, so it has been a long time coming.

News of the Geek’s release comes from the Chinese site Weiphone.com, which details the device’s unveiling at a Beijing event, and gives us a rundown of its specification. The Tegra 4 runs at 1.8GHz and is supported by 2GB of RAM, and it retains the same 5-inch display as before, but the resolution has been increased from 720p to 1080p, ensuring it can compete with the big name smartphone/tablet hybrids already on sale.

A 13-megapixel camera sits on the back of the phone, while a 2-megapixel camera is found above the screen, and the operating system is Android 4.2 complete with ZTE’s Mifavor user interface over the top. It’s a heavy little thing at 148 grams, but at least it’s quite slim at 9mm, and the chassis comes in red, white or blue.

It’s good to see the Tegra 4 finally find a home inside a smartphone, but sadly, it doesn’t look like the ZTE U988S Geek will be sold outside of China just yet. This could change in the future though, and we hope it does, as the quoted price of the Geek converts over to about $300 unlocked, making it a bargain.

Product Review

The new iPad Mini certainly isn’t a beauty, but it performs like a beast

Apple’s new iPad Mini has beastly performance, fluid iOS 12 software, and good battery life. It also looks like it came straight out of 2015, because the design hasn’t been changed. Here are our impressions of Apple’s new 7.9-inch…

The iPad Mini, Apple’s tiny tablet, makes a return with powerful specs

Apple has finally revealed the iPad Mini. With all-new and upgraded specs, support for the Apple Pencil, and a fantastically inclusive price, here's everything you need to know about the iPad Mini.

Leaked ZTE concept phones are crazy, possibly fake, and totally worth seeing

Renders of what may be ZTE concept phones may show how the manufacturer could avoid using the notch on future devices. They're crazy -- and maybe not even real -- but they're definitely worth looking at.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the powerhouse smartphone 2019 has been waiting for

The Xiaomi Mi 9 is the brand's latest phone, and it's a real powerhouse. It comes with a Snapdragon 855 processor, a triple-lens camera, a new in-display fingerprint sensor, and a new design. Here's what you need to know.

Apple iPad Air vs. iPad (2018): Which Apple tablet is right for you?

The new iPad Air replaces the 10.5-inch iPad Pro, but it doesn't pack quite the same punch. It is a fair bit cheaper, starting at $500, but it's a lot more expensive than Apple's 9.7-inch iPad which starts at $330. If you're shopping for…
Social Media

Facebook Messenger adds quoted replies to better organize group chats

Facebook is rolling out a feature that should help make group chats a whole lot more organized. The feature allows you to reply to specific messages within a group chat, so others will be able to tell what you're replying to.
Product Review

With the S10e and S10 Plus, do we really need the Samsung Galaxy S10?

The Galaxy S10 is the middle child in this year’s Galaxy S10 range, between the Galaxy S10e, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. There’s no striking reason to buy it, but it’s still an excellent phone you’ll be happy with.

The 2018 iPad is often the best iPad for most people — and now it’s only $250

Apple may have recently taken the wraps off of a new iPad Air and iPad Mini, but it's still the standard iPad that is best for most people. Now, the standard iPad has gotten a pretty significant discount -- it's down from $330 to $250.

Looking to keep prying eyes at bay? Here's how to hide photos on your iPhone

People take tons of photos using their smartphones, but not all are meant to be shared or seen. Luckily, hiding photos on your iOS device is easy, whether you want to use built-in utilities or apps with added security.

Fitbit Versa Lite tips and tricks to get started with your new smartwatch

Got your hands on a Fitbit Versa Lite? The smartwatch may be the pared down version of the more expensive Fitbit Versa, but there's still plenty for you to tweak in the settings. Here are our Fitbit Versa Lite tips and tricks.
Smart Home

Postmates now offers a way to get free delivery on meal orders

Postmates is offering customers the chance to order meals with free delivery. But you'll have to be cool with the idea of waiting a little longer, as the delivery driver will be carrying other meals for different customers.

Browse safely and securely with Opera’s unlimited VPN on Android

Opera has added a new VPN to its Android browser, offering an easy way to keep your privacy and data locked up solid, and with no limits on usage or cost, you can keep it on all the time.

Need a quick battery boost? Try one of our favorite portable chargers

Battery life still tops the polls when it comes to smartphone concerns. If it’s bugging you, then maybe it’s time to snag yourself a portable charger. Here are our picks for the best portable chargers.

You can now listen to Google Podcasts on your desktop without the app

The Google Podcasts app is no longer entirely necessary to listen to the podcasts it offers. With a simple tweak of the sharing URL, you can listen to a Google Podcasts podcast on your desktop or laptop without the app.