Intel had a timid debut in the Android décor, with its first mobile chips powering only a handful of entry-level phones from small manufacturers in 2012. But then the Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 got introduced during January 2013’s CES, and it seemed like the world’s largest PC processor maker was determined to turn the page.
The high-end K900 breathed style from every one of its pores in our first face-to-face encounter with it and then the impressive benchmark results boosted the hype level even more. Only we’re yet to see the 5.5-incher go up for sale anywhere in the world and there’s probably a limit to the public’s patience.
But fret not, Intel fans, as there’s a new kid around the block with “Intel Inside”. This one is called the Geek (no, really), and has been unveiled rather quietly by ZTE at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing.
I know, owning a Geek doesn’t sound very appealing, but maybe owning a phone powered by a dual-core 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 (aka Clover Trail+) does. For comparison, Lenovo’s K900 has the same chip beneath its hood, but clocked slightly lower, at 1.8 GHz.
Then again, I’m not sure the Jelly Bean-running ZTE Geek is really better than the K900. After all, processing power is not everything, is it? And if we look away from Geek’s CPU, we’ll see only unexciting specs. Decent, but certainly not impressive.
Like 1 GB of RAM, which is half of what the K900 has to offer. Or a modest 8 GB of storage space, an 8 MP rear-facing camera (vs. a 13 MP unit on Lenovo’s Intel phone), and a 1 MP front shooter.
The display is not great either, measuring 5 inches in diagonal and boasting a 720p resolution (293 ppi pixel density). Finally, I have mixed feelings about the 2,300 mAh battery, though that’s probably going to be enough to get you through a full day of use considering the screen is not Full HD.
According to Engadget, the Geek exhibited at IDF was a pre-production unit and some slight design tweaks might be operated before the actual release. That’s not to say the phone is ugly, being fairly slim and definitely more elegant than the Grand X In, ZTE’s previous Intel-powered handheld.
No words on a release date yet, but hopefully ZTE will move a little faster than Lenovo. Fingers crossed for seeing the Geek outside China at some point too. As for pricing, there’s nothing official yet and I’d rather not speculate. But if you want to, be my guests.
And while you’re at it, let the whole world hear what you think of Intel’s future in the Android world. Will it be a long and succesful one? Is ARM in danger? Should more Android manufacturers consider using Intel’s mobile chips?