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ZTE set for Intel-powered smartphone launch

31 AUG 2012

ZTE announced plans to launch an Android device powered by an Intel processor next month, following a partnership between the companies announced at the GSMA Mobile World Congress this year.

The smartphone, called Grand X IN (pictured), is described as a “flagship” device, and will debut in Europe during September.

It will use the Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0) version of Android, include a 4.3-inch screen and eight megapixel camera.

Silicon giant Intel is in the process of ramping-up its presence in the smartphone market, having previously lagged rivals such as Qualcomm, Samsung and TI.

In addition to the ZTE device, Motorola is expected to announce an Intel-powered device during September, having similarly announced a deal with the chipmaker earlier this year.

And several other Intel-powered devices have been announced in recent months. Operator Orange is offering a smartphone called San Diego, the first of its type to become available in Europe, which is believed to be manufactured by Taiwanese contract manufacturer Gigabyte.

Manufacturer Lava International has also announced an Intel-powered device targeting the Indian market, while Chinese player Lenovo is offering a smartphone for its home market.

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