Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Intel x86 smartphone (Medfield) news

First, this will be the entry of X86 processors into smartphone mainstream market. Second, it's brave on Intel's part to not give up after MeeGo disaster. Third, they are signing up new partners. Specs first:
Yeah, yeah. It looks boxy but hey, it's just a reference design and as per Intel's and anandtech's benchmarks, it's blazing fast, faster than any other Android. How fast? Medfield is to ARM what Core ix is to Phenom. Period!

The reference unit is powered by Atom Z2460, running at 1.6GHz and is based on 32nm wafer. The display size is at 4", an 8mp rear camera, 1.3mp front facing camera, HD video playback, HDMI port to play FullHD videos on external TV/monitor, Gyroscope, accelerometer and the usual stuff. The interesting thing is that even on a 1430mAh battery, this device is said to give upto 8 hours of 3G talktime, can last 5 hours on 3G internet browsing, 14 days standy time etc and it supports NFC.
It is interesting to see that Anandtech already did a few benchmark tests and you can read about the tests here and here is what Intel says about benchmarks:

Lenovo K800

If Medfield manages to create history, Lenovo K800 will take the honour of being the first smartphone based on this hardware platform and it does look good. Specs first, as usual:

  • Atom Z2460 1.6GHz (single core, HT enabled)
  • China Telecom to be the first carrier
  • Android 4.0 ICS (Lenovo LeOS skin)
  • 4.5" High definition display
  • 8mp camera with dual LED flash and front facing camera

Motorola joins Medfield

Yes, the big guy will be taking seat next to Lenovo and LG. Motorola and Intel signed a multi-year multi-device contract and we do hope that Motorola gives the much needed boost to Intel's plans the way they promoted Android.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel's Atom processor to consumers and businesses," said Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility.
"The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which to build in 2012 and into the future."  

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