Two things are clear in the world of smartphones: ZTE is serious about breaking out of China and Intel is serious about breaking into mobile devices.
It's no surprise, then, to see the ZTE Grand X IN. Okay, we admit it's something of a surprise, as this is essentially an existing device, the ZTE Grand X, but with a different chipset. The original runs on Nvidia's Tegra 2 chipset, the latter the Intel Atom.
Ours is not to reason why, but we suspect that this sort of handset will be an OEM device and find itself rebranded with various network operators. Such was the fate of the first Intel-powered Android smartphone to hit the UK, appearing as the Orange San Diego.
That typically characterises ZTE devices as affordable. The 4.3-inch display offers an average resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, but it's bright and sharp and offers great viewing angles. It suffers a little from fingerprints, not wiping clean as readily as some of the coated displays of big brand devices.
An Intel Atom Z2460 processor sits at the heart, with 1GB RAM. It’s a reasonably compact phone too, measuring 127 x 65 x 9.9mm and weighing in at 140.8g. It's a comfortable size to slip into just about any pocket or bag. There's an 8-megapixel camera on the back.
But this isn't just a bare bones device. It offers features like Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Dolby Sound and HD Voice, so there's more to the ZTE Grand X IN than initially meets the eye.
Our initial concern is the battery. Rated at 1650mAh, we can't help feeling that this might struggle to deliver all-day performance.
From our initial play, the ZTE Grand X IN is a slick and fast device. It'll be affordable and probably appear in network colours, but it's a phone to look out for, as it could be a cracker.
The ZTE Grand X IN will be launching in Europe in September.