ZTE has just unveiled their latest Android device called the ZTE grand X2 In at the MedPi conference in Monaco. One notable feature of this device is that it uses an Intel Atom Z2580 2GHz processor. According to William Chhao, Terminal Director at ZTE France, “We are proud to announce the ZTE Grand X2 In smartphone pursuing our multi-year strategic collaboration with Intel. The ZTE Grand X2 In is set to build on the success of the ZTE Grand X In, our first flagship smartphone in Europe to feature Intel Inside, and further increase ZTE’s growth in the high-performance smartphone market segment.”
This latest flagship device of ZTE sports an 8 MP camera that’s capable of capturing 24 frames per second without any shutter lag. It is said to have one of the shortest shot to shot times in the market today making it perfect for any social occasion. There’s also a 1 MP front facing camera that allows you to make video calls.
The 4.5 inch IPS display is enhanced with ZTE’s My-Pop function that allows for easy one handed operation. For music lovers there’s the built-in Audio enhancement technology and Wireless Display (WiDi) that allows you to wirelessly share content between various compatible media devices.
According to Helmut Vogler, Vice President and General Manager of Mobile and Wireless Sales at Intel, “We are excited to extend our collaboration with ZTE on their latest innovative platform, the new Grand X2 In. Our teams have worked together to harness the power of the Intel Atom processor Z2580 to create a high performance smartphone with market-leading features and long battery life. The Grand X2 In will provide an excellent choice for consumers in fast growing smartphone market.”
ZTE Grand X2 In Technical Specifications
- OS: Android Jelly Bean
- Display: 4.5-inch(1280 × 720)
- Camera: 8MP AF Flash/1MP
- Processor: Intel® Atom™ Z2580 with up to 2.0GHz
- Memory: 8GB ROM; 1GB RAM
- MicroSD: Up to 32GB
- Battery: 2000 mAh
This upcoming model is expected to be released in Europe in the third quarter of this year. The exact date, pricing and available colors has yet to be confirmed.
ZTE has revealed their latest smartphone model that uses an Intel processor rather than the popular ARM processors being used today. Over at the Intel Developers Forum in Beijing, China the company revealed the ZTE Geek that uses a 2GHz Intel 32nm Atom Z2580 processor. This is also the same processor which is used by the Lenovo K900.
ZTE Geek Technical Specifications
- Android Jelly Bean OS
- 5-inch HD screen with resolution of up to 1280×720
- 8GB eMMC+1GBRAM
- 8-megapixel rear camera
- 1-megapixel front camera
- LED supplement light
- 2300mAh battery
According to Mr. He Shiyo, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division, “Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds off of the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market. This partnership also will improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”
In terms of design the ZTE Geek resembles closely the company’s Grand S model but without the large black ring around the rear camera. The device shown also had a glossy white exterior making it a fingerprint magnet. We’re hoping that the company switches to a matte finish when they make this available in the market.
As far as performance goes there’s still no solid benchmark data available. The company however said that the chip used in this device is twice as fast as that of previous Atom processors for computing and three times faster when rendering graphics. It’s also going to be more power efficient. Judging from the first generation Atom processors that we have seen we doubt that the upgraded specs of the new processor can match the latest chips from Qualcomm that are being used in high end Android devices today.
ZTE is one of the leading smartphone manufacturers of China and the company makes the user experience as their main focus.
The fight for the high end smartphone market has switched to overdrive with Samsung’s announcement of their next flagship smartphone, S4 last week. The line of what defines a mid-range phone and what features and specs qualify a phone to be a ‘high end’ smartphone is now clear, though unwritten. Asus, you may know them from their very popular Asus Phonepad tablet cum smartphone hybrid, high performance tablets in the infinity family and Google Nexus 7, are working on a high end smartphone but unlike any other you may have heard about recently, it will be powered by an Intel chip!
Intel is trying to curve a niche for itself in the smartphone market but from the look of things, it may be harder for it to catch up with market leaders in smartphone processors NVIDIA and Qualcomm. According to a source at Digitimes, an online publication, Asus is working on a smartphone with a 5 to 5.5 inch screen and will be powered by the new Atom Z2580 processor, also known as Cover Trail+. Most other ‘high end’ smartphones in the market now come with quad-core processors but the Atom Z2580 is a dual-core, 2 GB RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If indeed Asus is working on such a smartphone, the company will not be the first to create an intel-powered high performance smartphone as Lenovo has already made the K900 which will debut in China in April with the same processor. We are unsure though how an Intel processor will fare in a market dominated by quad-core and recently octa-core processors. Time will tell.
Still on Asus, there is a rumor the company is working on a second generation Nexus 7 tablet which may come to the market in May. If this is true, then it is likely that Google is partnering with the company to introduce a more advanced version of the immensely successful nexus 7 tablet. Could this be the tablet that will debut with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? If so, then Google I/O conference should be a party of fireworks as they may be introducing other gadgets including Motorola X Phone and even the rumored LG Nexus 5.
Let’s wait and see. What are your thoughts on this?