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Intel-Powered Smartphones Arriving Soon 182

adeelarshad82 writes "After years of promises to enter the smartphone market, Intel has finally done so. During his keynote at CES, Intel's Chief executive Paul Otellini said that Intel has signed Lenovo and Motorola to contracts to use its Atom processors in smartphones. Unlike past launches, Intel has held Medfield back until its partners were ready to go to press as well. According to an early preview, Medfield pairs a 1.6GHz Atom CPU with an SGX540 GPU designed by PowerVR. This is the same GPU we've seen tip up in the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Droid Razr, though Intel is clocking it higher, at 400MHz. Intel's new SoC encodes video at 720p at 30 fps, can playback 1080p at 30 fps, and supports 1920×1080 output via HDMI. The first smartphone to carry an Intel chip will debut on China Unicom during the second quarter."
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Intel-Powered Smartphones Arriving Soon

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  • by symbolset ( 646467 ) * on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @01:24PM (#38665000) Journal

    You haven't entered the market until the phones are available at retail. I would like to see this, but it hasn't happened yet and the announcement is premature.

    I would like to see these phones on sale in the US. It would probably be my next phone, as I'm due for one in the fall.

  • by Trepidity ( 597 ) <delirium-slashdo ... g ['kis' in gap]> on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @01:31PM (#38665094)

    Have they been able to get into power-draw ranges that'd make the battery life compatible with ARM-based devices?

  • by ByOhTek ( 1181381 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @01:33PM (#38665122) Journal

    "Wintel"? Focusing on Apple products? Fanboi much?

    MS is moving to an platform of ARM/x86 cross compatibility, and Apple uses Intel on it's notebook products, so really, the only focus here is Intel, but some how you have to add Windows to it anyway?

    Trying to figure out if your post is a subtle troll, or you are really just that obsessed...

  • Good, hope to see... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by unique_parrot ( 1964434 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @01:48PM (#38665302)
    ... an android x86 avd for eclipse soon, which - i expect - should be much faster that the arm emulator !!
  • by CohibaVancouver ( 864662 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @02:31PM (#38665754)

    and how many Windows 8 tablets have been sold?

    Huh? Win8 isn't even shipping. How could any be sold?

    sell it for $500 but have it cost less to build due to it not being powered by Intel then it's going to get built and sold. and that day will come soon. won't be good for most gaming/dev work but 99% of the people won't care.

    Why do iPads sell well? Because there are lots of applications and you can do lots of good stuff.

    Why do Windows computers sell well? Because there are lots of applications and you can do lots of good stuff.

    A non-intel laptop is going to take a long time to come up to speed once people realize there isn't a wealth of applications available. It's the same reason all those cheap Linux boxes at Dell and Wal-Mart fail - People realize they can't run apps and return them.

    Developers code apps for the most common platforms - Right now that platform is x86, and will be for the foreseeable future.

  • by unixisc ( 2429386 ) on Wednesday January 11, 2012 @03:43PM (#38666666)
    Given that Windows on ARM does not have the advantage that Windows normally has - of a gazillion legacy apps, this is the best hope for Windows as yet. At least, this way, some Windows programs can be run, if they can accept touch-screen inputs in addition to the usual keyboard & mouse.

    Normally, this would be a godsend for Motorola, but given its being part of Google and presumably the most favored Android tablet, I'm surprised that they went w/ this solution. Lenovo makes sense, and I'd have expected Dell to jump into this as well - surprised that so far, they haven't. Done right, this could be a serious challenge to RIM, since it would allow one's work environment to be staged, and employees on the go can keep working on their phones somewhat less optimally than on their PCs, but at least get the most urgent things out of the way.

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