ZTE Embraces Intel’s Medfield Chip with Grand X IN

The ZTE Grand X is in danger of becoming the world’s most often announced smartphone, having first taken the stage in June, then again in late July as “an advanced gaming phone,” and now, at IFA 2012 too. That’s three times already, without counting the international versions either.

Unlike the previous occasions, the Grand X unveiled this time is slightly different, and in an interesting way too. ZTE has removed the 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, and popped the new Intel Atom Z2460 processor inside instead, making this a fully-fledged Intel Android phone. To help us tell the difference between this Grand X and others, it will be named the Grand X IN.

The Medfield chip isn’t the only first for the Grand X either, as it’s also the first time Intel’s platform has dealt with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The few Intel phones already on sale run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and although updates have been promised, none have appeared.

Aside from the Intel’s Atom chip, it’s almost business as usual for the Grand X, meaning a 4.3-inch touchscreen with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution and 1GB of RAM inside. The older Grand X has a 5 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, however, Engadget is reporting that the Grand X IN has an 8 megapixel camera. If so, that’s a very welcome upgrade. The phone also features HD Voice support and Wi-Fi.

ZTE says the Grand X IN will go on sale in Europe in September, but it’s not clear whether it will be priced differently to the regular Grand X.

It’s not the only Intel mobile news to come out recently either, as Motorola will be holding a joint press event on 18 September, where it’s also likely to announce a new phone using the Medfield platform.

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