ZTE announced a new partnership with Intel today, revealing that its future smartphones will run the upcoming Atom Z2580 processor. The Atom Z2580 debuted at Mobile World Congress and is a dual-core chip that can run up to 2.0GHz with Hyper-Threading support for better multi-tasking. This isn’t the first time that ZTE will use Intel Atom processors.
At IDF Shenzhen, Intel announced a rugged IoT version of the Atom x3 smartphone SoC, with built-in cellular radios and supporting both Linux and Android. Intel introduced the Atom x3 (Sofia) system-on-chips, along with more powerful, 14nm-fabricated Cherry Trail-T Atom x5 and x7 models, at Mobile World Congress in early March.