ZTE has just announced its New Phone of the Month for the month of April, which it’s calling the ZTE GEEK. The exciting thing about this one is not its 5″ 1280 x 720 display, but the fact it’ll arrive powered by Intel’s newest 32nm Z2580 mobile Atom chipset, which offers a bonkers 2GHz clock speed and has ZTE and Intel claiming it’s between two and three times as fast as previous generation mobile processors — while also being more efficient.
Elsewhere you find Android 4.2 as the launch OS, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage space, dual cameras (8MP and 1MP), and a relatively large 2,300mAh capacity battery. Here’s the ZTE GEEK press image we politely requested some moments ago:
Suspect it’ll disappear into the ZTE abyss along with plenty of other promising phones it announces then never quite manages to ship in decent quantities, but you never know. It might get sold over here as the Orange Los Angeles or something similar. Here’s the officialdom:
ZTE Launches the ZTE GEEK with Intel Inside at IDF 2013
First ZTE smartphone powered by Intel’s new 32nm Atom™ processor
10 April 2013, Shenzhen, China – ZTE (“ZTE”) (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A share stock code: 000063.SZ), a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, has debuted the ZTE GEEK, the first ZTE smartphone powered by Intel’s new 32nm Atom™ processor Z2580, at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing, China.
The ZTE GEEK has a 5-inch HD screen with resolution of up to 1280×720. It runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and has 8GB eMMC+1GBRAM. It also features an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1-megapixel front camera, an LED supplement light, and a 2300mAh large-capacity battery. The phone is powered by the Intel’s new 32nm Atom™ processor Z2580, which has a CPU frequency of 2.0GHZ. Tests show that compared to Intel’s previous processor, the Clover Trail+ processor is twice as fast for computing and three times as fast for graphics. It also reduces power consumption.
“Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds on the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market,” said ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division, Mr. He Shiyou. “This partnership will also improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”
This year marks the seventh consecutive year for the IDF in Beijing. It is Intel’s premier event and is a major event for the communications industry. ZTE is also showcasing its V98 tablet and Grand X IN smartphone at the IDF. Both devices use Intel chips.
ZTE has long emphasised the importance of user experiences. A key component of this is its longstanding partnership with Intel. When Intel first entered the mobile microchip field in 2012, ZTE released its first Intel-based smartphone, the Grand X IN, shortly thereafter. This allowed ZTE to become the first company to launch a flagship smartphone powered by an Intel processor in the European market. The Grand X IN later became become the best-selling smartphone in Austria.
Over the past two years, ZTE has stepped up efforts in the smart device arena. The new Intel phone is a significant component of the company’s 2011 strategy to shift toward high-end products.