ZTE today announced its first smartphone that will use Intel-made mobile processors. The Grand X IN will launch with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by the 1.6GHz single-core Intel Atom Z2460 processor. Other features of the device include a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8-megapixel main camera, VGA user-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, NFC, 16GB of internal storage, plus support for microSD cards. The ZTE Grand X IN is expected to reach Europe in September, but the company hasn't said anything about U.S. availability. ZTE claims it will launched "a number" of other Intel-based smartphones in the coming 12 to 18 months.
It will be interesting to see if intel's instant recognition in the home computer space will follow it to the mobile market. To me, if a company like Samsung or HTC picked up an intel processor in a high end phone, I would probably be less likely to purchase it just because it's their first effort, but I wonder if this would actually be a selling point to the general market. How many people would say "I could get the Samsung Galaxy S III or the HTC One X, but this one has Intel!"
I really hope they made this Atom processor more responsive than Atoms I have used in the past - Mainly on Netbooks, and on this Dell pad that had a flip-top screen with a keyboard underneath. Those ran pretty slow with an Atom - hopefully a phone wo... (continues)