It wasn’t very long ago when the ZTE Grand X had just released, but now it’s already being usurped by its newest successor and flagship device, the ZTE Grand X IN. This new handset is powered by the Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading which should be making this new handset more efficient when it comes to power while still being able to product a fast and extremely powerful experience for the consumer. While the majority of the specifications look to be similar of its predecessor, the Grand X, the camera has had a boost which means we will be seeing it packed with 8 mega pixels instead of the previous 5 mega pixels. From just looking at this devices hardware, I can tell that with the specs this behemoth has, it’s going to be a big seller with its price point.
Some other features on the handset include a 4.3 inch TFT 16 million color display, a 1650 mAh battery and HSPA+ 21Mbp/s. The handset is looking at release in Europe during the month of September and will be powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich straight out of the box. ZTE hasn’t announced anything about an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as of yet, so don’t hold on to hope that they’ll be doing that. However, when the carriers begin to announce pricing for the ZTE Grand X IN, we can already tell that it’s going to be very competitive. The Grand X that launched in the United Kingdom just last month is on the shelf for a small price of £200 and marked as a Pay as you Go phone. That said, we might be able to see a similar factor with the ZTE Grand X IN.
“The Grand X IN is ZTE’s first flagship smartphone in Europe to feature Intel Inside, and we look forward to building our partnership with Intel,” said Mr. Ao Wen, Vice President of Europe Operations for ZTE Handsets. “The handsets in the ZTE Grand portfolio are quality devices focused on providing a great level of service and, with the inclusion of Intel’s technology in the Grand X IN, we have provided a handset with enhanced capabilities, reliability and performance.
ZTE has nearly 10 years experience of smartphone research and development and commits 10 per cent of its annual revenue to R&D. ZTE’s focus is to provide the best handset for the best value so all consumers can enjoy the experience of using a very capable smartphone. We want to focus on things that matter, so we excel at providing superior battery life and fast feeds and speeds, resulting in a high level of customer satisfaction.”
“We’re pleased to extend the close collaboration we entered with ZTE at Mobile World Congress 2012 to Intel-based smartphones. ZTE is a fast growing global handset maker that strives to create products with features and capabilities that people care most about,” said Helmut Vogler, vice president and general manager of Mobile and Wireless Sales for Intel Corporation. “The Grand X IN is a well-rounded device that marries robust hardware and software to deliver great performance and value for consumers.”
Here’s the full list of specification on the ZTE Grand X IN:
- Intel® Atom™ Processor Z2460
- HSPA+ 21Mbps support with Intel® XMM™ 6260 Platform
- EDGE 900/1800/1900
- HSDPA 900/2100
- DPA 21Mbps UPA 5.76Mbps
- Android* Ice Cream Sandwich
- RAM 1GB, ROM 16GB/4GB, Ext. microSD 32GB
- 4.3”, QHD (960×540), 16M, TFT, Capacitive
- Battery – 1650 mAh, Li-Ion
- Camera – 8Mpx AF/Flash + 0.3Mpx Front Camera
- GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, and Bluetooth 2.1 +
- Accelerator, Gyro, Compass, Proximity, Light
- Dolby, FM Radio
- DLNA, 1080p Rec., 1080p Play
- NFC, FOTA, HD Voice, Dual Mic
- 127 x 65 x 9.9mm chassis, 140.8g weight (weight measured with battery in the phone)
While the specs are not “out of this world” by any means, they still are pretty dang good. If we even see it as a Pay as you Go phone, I can guarantee that this will be one of the best ones currently on the market with that service. That said, this phone might see some huge popularity if it is a pay as you go and we may even see some consumers switching over to that sort of payment plan depending on the handset’s release. It also highly depends on if the consumer is in a two year contract already or not.
Either way, this isn’t going to be the best phone of the year, but it’s definitely going to be a really good one. In fact, some users may prefer the Galaxy Note 2 on contract when it releases, but those that aren’t able to afford that device will be very happy to see this one on the shelves. If this one is too expensive too, there’s always the previous ZTE Grand X that is on a pay as you go plan for a cheap price. Not to mention that the Grand X has similar specifications to this and is still an amazing phone in today’s world.
My only worry is is that this ZTE Grand X IN won’t be a pay as you go phone. I found it really odd that the Grand X and the Grand X IN were getting released so close to each other. That said, the Grand X IN could be a improved Grand X specifically for contracts through carriers while the Grand X could of just meant to be a pay as you go as it is currently marked. I could be wrong, and we’ll just have to see when it releases and pricing is announced.
Will anyone be looking forward to getting the ZTE Grand X IN when it is released in September? Do you think that it will be good enough to replace your current handset, and if it is will you be getting it right away or waiting for the price point to go down? Whatever the case is, feel free to let us know your opinion in the comments! We’d love to know what you think about this device and if its worth the money or not!
source: Android Central