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IFA 2012: ZTE Grand X IN unveiled featuring Intel Atom processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Intel continues to establish itself as a player in the smartphone market, using its IFA 2012 press conference earlier today to announce the September launch of a new device produced in partnership with Chinese telecoms manufacturer ZTE.

The ZTE Grand X IN will be the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich smartphone to feature an Intel-powered engine room when it becomes available.

ZTE's latest addition to its Grand series will rock a 4.3in display with a 960 x 540 pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera, HD video capture, Dolby Sound, and a 1,650 mAh Li-ion battery. In the cockpit, the Grand X IN will sport an Intel Atom processor, with the XMM 6260 hardware meaning the device is capable of supporting HSPA+ connectivity speeds.

Speaking this afternoon about the Grand X IN, Christopher Edwards, Intel's European marketing and business development director, added: "It really hits the mark for both Intel's and ZTE's target customer segment."

Other key specs of the entertainment-angled handset include 1GB of RAM and Micro SD support, with the device coming Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC-ready.

The device – which is ZTE's 2012 European flagship smartphone - is set to roll out to the UK this next month. Details of pricing or availability were thin on the ground at Intel's press conference today.

The company's partnership with ZTE, who appears to be on the brink of breaking into the global smartphone elite, blossomed at Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

"The Grand X IN is ZTE's first flagship smartphone in Europe to feature Intel Inside, and we look forward to building our partnership with Intel," said AO Wen, vice president of ZTE's European division, in a statement.