Android face-off: ZTE Grand X vs Intel Orange San Diego

Android face-off: ZTE Grand X vs Intel Orange San Diego

Summary: ZTE has unveiled Grand X, an Ice Cream Sandwich-based dual-core smartphone with a £200 price tag. Does it have enough oomph to take on other mid-range handsets like the San Diego?

TOPICS: Smartphones

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  • ZTE Grand X - front view

    ZTE's Grand X smartphone, launched on Wednesday, will arrive running the Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) version of Android and at a price below £200.

    ZTE showed off the dual-core Tegra 2 device at a press event in London on Wednesday. Its launch marks a renewed push by the Chinese company to become a household name in the European smartphone market.

    At the event, the company highlighted the "fast download speeds" and video processing delivered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 processor.

    "This [Grand X] will be a milestone in establishing ZTE in the UK," said He Shiyou, global head of the company's Terminals division.

    In general, the Grand X pairs middle-of-the-road specs with a mid-tier price point. Here, we put it up against the Orange San Diego, the first smartphone in the UK to use the Intel Atom processor — a good example of the mid-tier Android phones the Grand X will compete with.

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  • ZTE Grand X - Nvidia processor

    To start off, here's a look at the key specs of the Grand X and the Orange San Diego.

    ZTE's Grand X has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540 pixel) display, runs on a 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and provides 512MB of RAM.

    By comparison, the Orange San Diego uses a single-core 1GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor (formerly known as 'Medfield'), comes with 1GB of RAM and has a 4-inch 600 x 1024 pixel display.

    The internal storage on the Grand X maxes out at 4GB, but this can be expanded up to 36GB using a microSD.

    Conversely, the Orange Intel smartphone offers far more internal storage — 16GB. However, it will not support microSD cards to add extra.

    If you're trying to choose between these two on specs, you could argue a lot of these points either way.

    Some people might think that a single core 1.6GHz processor is just as good, or better even, than a 1GHz dual-core. Similarly, with the Grand X, some people might prefer the expansion possibilities of a microSD card, or some people might view it as severely lacking in internal storage.

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Topic: Smartphones

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  • When ARM Goes Up Against x86...

    ...I think I would bet on ARM.
  • I'll give you a reason ... Jelly Bean

    Will the San Diego ever be upgraded to Jelly Bean, with a single core?
    • "Will the San Diego ever be upgraded to Jelly Bean, with a single core?" Intel employees already have working Jelly Bean on their phones. So yeah :P
      Akash Yadav
  • I'll also give you a reason as well

    Just ordered a ZTE Grand over the San Diego; two reasons - ICS and the ability to change the battery! Also although I will probably never need the extra storage, the ability to double the amount available over the San Diego is pretty useful.
    Douglas H Ely