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 - camera

    When it comes to the camera, the Intel smartphone trumps the Grand X: it has an 8-megapixel sensor capable of capturing 1080p HD video and a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video calls.

    The ZTE handset comes only with a 5-megapixel snapper on the rear and a 0.3-megapixel camera on the front.

    Image credit: Ben Woods

  • ZTE Grand X - depth

    The Grand X measures 127mm x 64.6mm x 9.9mm. This makes it exactly the same thickness as the Orange San Diego, but a little longer and wider — not surprising, given its larger screen.

    The ZTE phone is also a little lighter, weighing just 110g, compared with 117g for the Intel-powered device. By comparison, Samsung's Galaxy S III weighs 130g.

    The pricing of the devices on pay-as-you-go is also very similar. The ZTE Grand X will cost £189 when it goes on sale in August in the UK, while the Orange San Diego launched with a £199 price tag.

    The Intel handset is also available on a much cheaper range of tariffs, as it is free on 24-month contracts of £15.50 and up.

    To get a free ZTE handset free with Virgin Media requires a minimum two-year commitment of £24 per month.

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  • Intel San Diego

    Overall, based purely on first impressions of both devices at launch, I'm more impressed by the Intel Orange San Diego. It's cheaper on contract (and virtually the same on pay-as-you-go), has a better-specced camera and has a nicer screen.

    That's not to say that the ZTE doesn't beat the Orange phone (pictured) at points — it works with all the Android apps in the app store, for one thing.

    However, I'm struggling to work out why you would choose it over the San Diego, unless you really, really wanted a dual-core phone or ICS in August instead of October.

    Image credit: Ben Woods

Topic: Smartphones

Ben Woods

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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