Friday 31 August 2012

ZTE announces Grand X IN, an Intel-powered ICS smartphone

Intel-powered smartphones are finally showing in numbers. After we are reported that Google’s Motorola unit is planning to its first Intel-powered smartphone on Sep 16, ZTE has announced its first Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with Intel Inside.

Dubbed as ZTE Grand X IN, the smartphone comes with Atom Z2460 processor, HSPA+ connectivity, 4.3-inch 960x540p display, 8-megapixel camera and 1,650mAh battery. The smartphone will go on sale in Europe starting next month. There is no word on Asian launch.

It is very unlikely that the smartphone will be released in India as the Chinese manufacturer ZTE hasn’t really jumped in the Indian smartphone arena as its counterpart Huawei, which has started launching self-branded devices. We hope that it changes with Grand X IN.

ZTE Grand X IN Specifications:

Intel® Atom™ Processor Z2460
HSPA+ 21Mbps support with Intel® XMM™ 6260 Platform
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
RAM 1GB, ROM 16GB/4GB, Ext. microSD 32GB
4.3”, QHD (960×540), 16M, TFT, Capacitive
1650 mAh, Li-Ion
8Mpx AF/Flash + 0.3Mpx Front Camera
GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP
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 (with battery)

Read on for the full press release:

ZTE to Deliver its First Smartphone with Intel Inside® Running Android Ice Cream Sandwich
ZTE Grand X IN handset to be sold across Europe beginning in September
30 August 2012, London, UK – ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a leading global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, announced that it will launch its first Android Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone with Intel Inside®, the ZTE Grand X IN. This ZTE flagship handset is the latest product from the ZTE Grand series and will be launched in Europe in September.
The Grand X IN delivers fast and efficient performance via the low power Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology, and support for HSPA+ 21Mbps network with the Intel® XMM™ 6260 Platform. Together, these Intel technologies help deliver end users with an energy efficient, high performance user experience enabling fast browsing and a responsive Internet experience.
The ZTE Grand X IN has a 4.3-inch, 16 million colour screen, a best-in-class 8MP camera, Blu-ray quality movie playback and long battery life with a 1650 mAh, Li-Ion battery. With a 127 x 65 x 9.9mm chassis the Grand X IN also features the latest communications capabilities including Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi & Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and Mobile HD link (via micro-USB) short range connectivity. Its wide range of audio-visual features includes Dolby Sound, HD Video Capture.
“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 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.”

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