ZTE gave Intel’s last-gen mobile chips a shot in the Android-powered Grand X IN (pictured), and the company has now announced that it’ll be tapping Intel’s first dual-core, quad-threaded mobile SoC in future phones.ZTE may not be a household name in North America, and it also isn’t the first company to sign on. Lenovo beat them to the punch with the K900. Nevertheless, ZTE is a key partner for Intel as it’s the fourth-largest manufacturer of mobile phones in the world. ZTE is also based in China, giving it the home field advantage in one of the world’s largest — and fastest-growing — mobile markets.As far as specific plans for the Atom Z2580, ZTE has yet to announce anything. However with two cores/four threads, clock speeds up to 2.0GHz, and an substantially upgraded PowerVR 544MP2 GPU it’s safe to assume that ZTE won’t be slapping this little number inside any low-end or mid-range handsets.And if ZTE is planning on using the Atom Z2580 in a hero device, it could very well be a remix of a Tegra 4 phone. ZTE was already announced as one of Nvidia’s first partners for its latest chip — when its jaw-dropping performance was demonstrated at Mobile World Congress last month.It’s still a win for Intel, though. ZTE is a major player in the moble device game and it has deals in place with more than 200 carriers in 160 countries. Not all of those will be deal markets for an Atom Z2580-powered superphone, of course, but ZTE is pushing hard for a bigger share of the premium device pie. It already unveiled the massive Grand S this year, and there’s no doubt the company will do its best to keep pace with big guns like the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.