BEIJING: CHINESE PHONE MAKER ZTE announced the Intel powered and abysmally named Geek smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing on Wednesday, and we managed to score some time with the handset at the China show.
In terms of design, the ZTE Geek looks quite ordinary. The phone is crafted entirely in plastic, all in black. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as although the handset will struggle to turn heads, it feels comfortable and slim in the hand.
Although we have yet to test this fully, the handset should be pretty rugged, too. Its casing feels plenty strong enough and its screen is coated with Corning's Gorilla Glass.
Thanks to the handset's Intel Clover Trail+ chip, the phone seemed quite responsive, suggesting good implementation of Android across the two cores with Hyperthreading. The Atom Z2580 processor is clocked at 2.0GHz, which is faster than the Ideaphone K900 from Lenovo that uses the same processor clocked at 1.8GHz, making for a great experience while gaming and watching videos.
The display measures 5in and has HD 720p resolution, which is equivalent to 293ppi. This looked good on first impressions, although it might struggle to match some of its higher end competition.
On the rear of the ZTE Geek is an 8MP camera, which didn't prove too great on first impression, especially when compared to the cameras on the Sony Xperia Z and HTC One. There's a 1MP camera on the front of the phone too, although we have yet to test this.
The ZTE Geek shown at IDF is not a retail model, so the quibbles that we found with the handset might be fixed before it's released. Check back soon for our full ZTE Geek review. µ
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