Zte geek phone outperform the very best arm phone including latest samsung galaxy s4. Geek phone uses clovertrail+ which is a 5 year old architecture. Clovertrail+ uses the depreciated 32nm process.
later this year, merrifield soc for phone comes on. Merrifield will be redesigned and manufacture on 22nm and will have lte support. It will blow away the competition. Design wins anyone? My guess - motorola will be first to use merrifield.
"Note that Motorola, the most recognisable of these manufacturers is a loss-making operation. Gives you an idea of where Intel stands in the smartphone chip sweepstakes."
[Given that you had never heard of ZDNet or Microsemi, it's always a mystery what you might have heard of. Lenovo and ZTE are amongst the top five smartphone companies in the world. Intel is partnered with both of them. I don't guess you recognize either of those names...