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ZTE to deepen their relationship with Intel, plans to use the Atom Z2580 this year

ZTE has just announced that they're going to be one of the first companies to launch a smartphone using the new Clover Trail+ platform, aka Atom Z2580.
March 6, 2013

ZTE is such a dirty girl. They’ll do business with just about anyone, as long as they get some sort of preferential treatment. ZTE was the one and only company to ship a phone using an NVIDIA Tegra 2 and Icera modem. They were also one of the first companies to announce a Tegra 3 phone. And recently they said they’ll be the first handset maker to launch a phone using the Tegra 4. Forgetting about NVIDIA for a second, just last month they announced that the ZTE Grand Memo will be the first device to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800.

See where we’re going with this?

Yesterday ZTE made yet another announcement. They’ve signed an agreement with Intel to make a phone using the Atom Z2580. What exactly is so special about that chip? It’s a dual core processor, with each core having HyperThreading support, so Android is going to see it as “four” cores. It also has a wicked fast graphics processor, the PowerVR SGX 544MP2. There’s even an integrated HSPA+ modem that can hit a theoretical 42 Mbps.

So this as yet to be named phone will be fast, but will it stand out from the crowd?

The answer is probably not, which isn’t too surprising. ZTE is known more in emerging economies, but even there they fall behind their Chinese cousins Huawei and Lenovo. We’d love to be proven wrong though, and have this Intel powered ZTE phone be the coolest thing since sliced bread, but we’re not going to hold our breath.