ZTE, Intel’s BFF, puts a new Atom chip in the Geek smartphone


Last month Chinese handset maker ZTE announced a “strategic collaboration” with Intel(s intc), and this month the early fruits of that labor are here. At an Intel developer event in Beijing on Wednesday the ZTE Geek smartphone was unveiled and it’s the first handset to use Intel’s new 32 nm Atom Z2580 chip known as CloverTrail+.

What does that mean for the Geek? According to ZTE’s tests — which of course will have to be independently confirmed by us geeks — the phone’s 2 GHz chip is “twice as fast for computing and three times as fast for graphics” while also reducing power consumption over the previous Atom.

ZTE hasn’t shared much additional information on the phone; there are no availability dates, no prices, nor target markets although I’d assume Europe, Australia and Asia will be important markets as ZTE’s prior Intel-powered phones have done well there. The phone…

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