ZTE has announced that it has partnered with NVIDIA to manufacturer the first Tegra 4 smartphones. The first phone with Tegra 4 chip will be released around mid-2013. “ZTE has a long-term strategic partnership with NVIDIA and expects to launch the first Tegra 4 super phones in China in the first half of 2013. The Tegra 4 processor was only announced by NVIDIA in January, at the CES 2013 exhibition in Las Vegas,” ZTE noted in a press release. The Chinese manufacturer did not reveal any details about these upcoming phones, but did say that these phone will have 4G connectivity thanks Icera I500 LTE modem. “These new devices build on ZTE and NVIDIA’s success with previous smartphones such as the Grand X, the first smartphone powered by both the Tegra processor and NVIDIA’s Icera modem; the Grand Era super phone with Tegra 3; and the U950, the first premium quad-core smartphone with Tegra 3 priced below $160 USD,” ZTE added.