In recent weeks, much has been made of ZTE’s next phone for Boost Mobile in the Sequent, which has been leaked extensively ahead of its forthcoming launch. Of note in all of those leaks and previews were claims that it was a version of the recently unveiled ZTE Grand X IN Android smartphone which is powered by Intel’s Medfield platform and that the Sequent would be the first Medfield powered phone in the US.
We at PhoneNews.com then took it upon ourselves to find out once and for all whether this was indeed the case, as Intel is famous for deliberately limiting its smartphone platforms to Europe, Asia and South America with strict internal orders to not offer any of their smartphone offerings to US carriers until specific development targets are met for the US market.
After contacting Boost Mobile, we were able to confirm after double-checking the spec sheet that the processor in the phone is a bog-standard 1.4 GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and not any variant of Intel Medfield, which are clocked at either 1.6 or 2.0GHz.
Why many made the jump from Grand X IN variant to the Sequent being the first US Android smartphone with Medfield isn’t well understood, but it is rather common for quiet launches. The phone is now available online and from select Boost Mobile retailers for $199.99. Aside from the processor, the phone features Android Ice Cream Sandwich and a 5.0 megapixel camera with 720p video capture, microSD slot and Bluetooth, which makes it a solidly mid-range Android smartphone.