ZTE launches handset with 2GHz Intel Clover Trail+ CPU… called the ‘Geek'

Back at the Mobile World Congress in February, ZTE made no secret of its plans to significantly expand its presence in the global smartphone market over the next few years. After announcing the giant Grand Memo phablet in January, and the entry-level Open (the world’s first Firefox OS handset) at MWC, the company’s plans appear to be unfolding nicely, with the launch of another new device.

The company’s latest addition to its range is an Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean handset… called the Geek. There’s more to the new phone than just a silly name though; the big draw of the device is its 2.0GHz Intel Clover Trail+ Atom processor.

As Engadget reports, the Geek also features a spacious 5.0-inch display with HD (1280x720px) resolution and Gorilla Glass, as well as an 8MP rear camera, 1MP camera up front, 2300mAh battery and wireless charging. There’s also 1GB of RAM, although the 8GB of on-board storage isn’t exactly generous, but at least there’s 4G (UMTS 900/2100) support, along with a/b/g/n WiFi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0.

Pricing and availability remain a mystery for now, so we’ll have to wait and see how long it will be and how much it will cost to get your hands on a Geek. That’s a sentence I never imagined I’d have to write.

Source and image: Engadget

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I'm just holding out hope they get Windows Phone 9 or 10 running on x86. Then I can jump on the Intel hardware when my 920 contract is up (While away yet though )

Not interested in Android though. I've had devices on iOS, Android and Windows Phone now and I can comfortable say Windows Phone has been the most pleasant experience by a mile, and I wholeheartedly support it =)

So if even the crappiest x86 processor is way ahead of any Arm chip, shouldn't this be the most powerful smartphone too?

Kind of, on applications the difference is almost not perceptible (unless you are gaming) with programs that have just ARM code on them, programs optimized for the atom can run quite fast indeed (example ePSXe EMU, that was around 14-20 fps on pure ARM code and when it was optimized for my phone (I was a beta tester) it went from that up to 214 FPS)

Obviously by the frequencies this phone supports it isn't really intended for the US market. But, if it had wider frequency support, this would be a top choice for me for my next phone.

fuzi0719 said,
Obviously by the frequencies this phone supports it isn't really intended for the US market. But, if it had wider frequency support, this would be a top choice for me for my next phone.

see the XT 890 from Motorola.

The battery life is the only thing that frightens me on a device like this; it needs to be MUCH more if you expect this thing to last all day on a single charge.

This is not the first phone with an x86 Processor, the last recent much acclaimed release was the RAZRi xt890, also with an atom processor, my current phone in fact. My resolution isn't compared to the one of this phone but so far I know that Arch Linux can run on the phone but windows so far nobody is interested in running it.