By Stephen Schenck | August 30, 2012 11:59 AM
Just yesterday, we were talking about Intel and its plans to become a major SoC player in the smartphone world. Though it has an agreement worked out with Motorola, we’ve yet to witness the fruits of that collaboration, and have only seen a few Intel-based Androids arrive from less popular manufacturers. Motorola’s holding an event on September 18 that might finally bring a popular name to the lineup of Intel Androids, but in the meantime we’ve got one more to add to the other category, upon news that ZTE is releasing its Intel-based Grand X IN.
The Grand X IN sounds very much like a mid-range device, with a 4.3-inch qHD display, gigabyte of RAM, and eight-megapixel main camera. It runs one of Intel’s Medfield Atom chips, though there’s no word yet on just how fast it’s clocked.
The phone will arrive running Ice Cream Sandwich, with sales starting in Europe in early September. Without support for LTE, though, we’d say its chances in the States don’t sound too hot, at least with the major carriers.
Will Intel ever be at the heart of a really desirable smartphone, or are we going to just see more middle-of-the-road efforts like this?
Update: Some benchmarks are in, and they’re not half bad, either.