In what ZTE refers to as a “strategic collaboration,” the world’s fourth mobile phone seller announces a “multi-year relationship” with Intel, welcoming the semiconductor company to the mobile world. This year, ZTE will produce select smartphones with Intel Inside®.
The deal comes just weeks after Intel introduced their new Atom Z2580 processor at Mobile World Congress, which the Chinese telecommunications giant has plans to include in their upcoming handsets. The two are currently working together on handsets that will be based on the processor, utilizing the platform’s dual-core processor with Intel Hyper-Threading technology, providing double the computing performance and up to three-times the graphics capabilities over the previous generation Atom Z2460.
“We are looking forward to both continuing and broadening the relationship with Intel to support ZTE’s growth in the high performance smartphone market segment,” said Mr. Ao Wen, GM of ZTE Europe Mobile Devices. “Intel is one of our strategic partners in the development of cutting-edge new mobile technologies.”
Although Intel chips will not be featured in the full line of upcoming ZTE phones (as they’ve been announced as a primary partner with Nvidia to use their new Tegra 4 chip as well,) this business move is a solid one for Intel, perhaps giving the company some footing in the mobile market, where they’ve been previously shy from.
<Source: Business Wire>