More Intel chips coming to ZTE phones

ZTE signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Intel last week to equip its next-gen Android smartphones with the latest Atom processors.
Written by Liu Jiayi, Contributor

Chinese network equipment and cellphone maker, ZTE, will equip its upcoming smartphones with Intel's newest processor Atom Z2580, according to a report on Chinese tech site QQ Tech.

Comparing with its predecessor Z2460, Intel's new hyperthreading, dual-core processor is said to have doubled performance in computing and tripled in graphic, while still maintaining a competitive battery life. 

The deepening cooperation between ZTE and Intel was established especially by the steady expansion of ZTE in the European market. Grand X IN, ZTE's first phone with an Intel chip, was the best selling Android phone in Austria. The model is also available in other EU countries such as Germany, Poland, Hungary, Romania, Greece, Sweden, and Norway, among others.

"Grand X IN was the top-end product of ZTE in Europe, [and] we successfully launched the model thanks to our close cooperation with Intel," said Ao Wen, general manager of ZTE's Europe mobile unit. "We look forward to future cooperation with Intel and its support for ZTE's development in the high-end smartphone market."

"The collaboration with ZTE made a positive impact on Intel's newly designed smartphone processors," said Hendrik Unkel, Intel's marketing and business development director. "We believe that high performance, competitive battery life, and their combination with the whole brand value will be recognized by the customers."

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