I wonder if Intel’s happy with the impact it’s made on the smartphone market thus far. I can think of maybe two or three smartphones with Intel inside, accounting for roughly 0.000000001% of the Android market.
Well, ZTE, for one, is quite fond of all this Intel smartphone business, and as such the pair has announced a “strategic collaboration” for the next generation of the Chinese manufacturer’s smartphones.
Indeed, ZTE is no stranger to Intel smartphone processors. The ZTE Grand X IN (hugely popular in Australia, apparently) had a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 CPU.
Future ZTE smartphones will focus on the Intel Atom Z2580 platform, which was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week.
Why should that excite you? Well, a dual-core Z2580 processor with Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology promises double the compute performance and three times the graphics capabilities of the Z2460.
“We are looking forward to both continuing and broadening the relationship with Intel to support ZTE’s growth in the high performance smartphone market segment,” sings Mr. Ao Wen, General Manager of ZTE Europe Mobile Devices.
“Intel is one of our strategic partners in the development of cutting-edge new mobile technologies.”
Heh heh. He said "partner".