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ZTE Reveals the Intel Powered “GEEK” Android Smartphone

by Ron Duwell | April 11, 2013April 11, 2013 9:00 am PDT

ZTE Geek

I’m not quite sure if we are to be offended by the name or not, but ZTE recently revealed a new phone called the “GEEK” at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing.

With a name like that, it will have to back up the phone with some serious power. The GEEK comes equipped with Intel’s new 2GHz dual core Clover Trail+ chips and a five-inch 720p screen. Here’s a quick look at the specs:

  • 5-inch 1280 x 720 display
  • 2GHz Intel Clover Trail+ dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal storage
  • 8 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 1 megapixel front-facing camera
  • WiFi, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, Wireless charging
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2,300 mAh battery

“Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds off of the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market,” said ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division Mr. He Shiyou. “This partnership also will improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”

ZTE did not announce pricing or a release date.

ZTE Debuts the Latest Intel Inside ZTE GEEK at IDF 2013

10 April 2013, Shenzhen, China – ZTE today announced it has debuted the ZTE GEEK, the first ZTE smartphone powered by Intel’s new 32nm Atom™ processor platform Z2580, at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) Spring 2013 at the China National Convention Center in Beijing.

The ZTE GEEK has a 5-inch HD screen with resolution of up to 1280×720. It runs on the Android Jelly Bean OS and has 8GB eMMC+1GBRAM. It also has an 8-megapixel rear camera, 1-megapixel front camera, an LED supplement light, and a 2300mAh large-capacity battery. The phone is powered by the Intel’s new 32nm Atom™ processor platform Z2580, which has a CPU frequency of 2.0GHZ. Tests show that compared to Intel’s previous processor, the Clover Trail+ processor is twice as fast for computing and three times as fast for graphics. It also reduces power consumption.

“Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds off of the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market,” said ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division Mr. He Shiyou. “This partnership also will improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”

This year marks the seventh consecutive for the IDF in Beijing. It is Intel’s premier event and also is a major event for the communications industry. ZTE also is showcasing its V98 tablet and Grand X IN smartphone at the IDF. Both devices use Intel chips.

ZTE has long emphasized the importance of user experiences. A key component of this is its longstanding partnership with Intel. When Intel first entered the mobile microchip field in 2012, ZTE released its first Intel-based smartphone, the Grand X IN, shortly thereafter. This allowed ZTE to become the first company to launch a flagship smartphone powered by an Intel processor in the European market. The Grand X IN later became become the best-selling smartphone in Austria.

Over the past two years, ZTE has stepped up efforts in the smart device arena. The new Intel phone is a significant component of the company’s 2011 strategy to shift toward high-end products.


Ron Duwell

Ron has been living it up in Japan for the last decade, and he has no intention of leaving this technical wonderland any time soon. When he's not...

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