ZTE’s Grand X IN hides an Intel Atom processor

ZTE Grand X INIt has only been a couple of months since ZTE launched the Grand X, an Android smartphone powered by a Tegra 2 processor, that was billed as an advanced gaming phone by the up-and-coming company.

While it may not have entirely delivered on that promise, it’s still a perfectly capable, and very reasonably priced device. That hasn’t stopped ZTE giving it a makeover for the IFA 2012 show though, where it released a variant known as the ZTE Grand X IN.

The IN in the name refers to Intel, as the new Grand X says goodbye to Nvidia’s Tegra 2 and hello to Intel’s new Atom mobile processor, best known under the name Medfield.

Intel’s Medfield platform is the company’s effort to grab some of the mobile processor market from the likes of Nvidia and Qualcomm, however despite being announced at the beginning of 2012, few phones have adopted the new chip so far.

The Grand X IN comes with a 1.6Ghz Atom chip, plus Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as its operating system. The screen measures 4.3-inches and has a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, while the camera has been given a much needed boost to 8 megapixels, leaving the old Grand X with a 5 megapixel camera.

ZTE says the new Grand X IN will go on sale in Europe this month, however it hasn’t given any information on the price. The Tegra 2-powered Grand X can be had for less than £200, so we’re hoping this is the case for the Grand X IN too.

Motorola looks like it will be the next company to join the ranks of those with Intel-powered Android phones, as the invitation to its September 18 press conference has both its own and Intel’s logo attached.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars