Exclusive: ZTE Grand X2 smartphone goes on preorder

Chinese manufacturer ZTE launched the Grand X2 smartphone two weeks ago at the MedPi conference in Monaco. The device has already been put on preorder by popular China-based retailer Merimobiles.com for $490 (around £300) which is a significant outlay for such a device.

The Grand X2, which takes over the Grand X, runs on a dual-core Intel Atom processor, the Z2580 which is based on Clovertrail+ architecture and runs at 2GHz and has a I.T. PowerVR SGX544MP by its side.

Other features include Android 4.1, a 4.5in 1,280 x 720 pixel IPS display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera that can capture 24 pictures per second, a front facing 1-megapixel one, a 2,000mAh battery and a microSD card slot.

The device will be officially launched in Europe in the third quarter of the year and it is not yet known whether the Grand X2 will be stocked by mobile phone operators.

ZTE's decision to launch the Grand X2 with Intel Inside comes as Orange cut the prices of two Intel-based smartphones in an apparent bid to clear existing stocks, something that can be motivated only by poor sales or the impending launch of newer models.

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