Remember a time when the sticker “Intel Inside” was a source of pride for some computer users that their personal computers were leading-edge? Well, Intel Inside smartphones and tablets have just been promised to be on the way and will be released this year, reports from the Consumer Electronics Show reveal.
This represents a huge step for Intel. It has been lagging behind Cambridge, U.K.-based ARM in the smartphones and tablet space. After all, chips based on the ARM technologies are better at controlling their thirst for power which is all so crucial with the limited energy reservoirs of smartphones and tablets. This is the reason why ARM chips dominate the smartphone and tablet industry at the moment. If you have a smartphone or a tablet computer, in all likelihood, it’s powered by a CPU which is ARM-based.
Nonetheless, Intel is not to be left behind so it seems. The company is about the fight back. The question, however, is will it be able to catch up and eventually lead. Time will tell us that. For now, Intel is promising that Intel Inside smartphones and tablets are on their way this year as the Silicon Valley pioneer has inked deals with Lenovo and Motorola to bring its chips to their mobile devices.
At the CES, Intel launched a new smartphone with a 4-inch LCD display, two cameras and will be powered by the battery-sipping Atom Z2460 CPU, CNet says. A phone like this is from Lenovo and will be called the Lenovo K800.
TG Daily says that the Medfield Atom CPU-powered Lenovo Z800 will be launched in the Chinese market “by mid-summer” ahere it will run on China Unicom’s 21 MB/S network. It will reportedly have a 4.5-inch screen (up to 1280×1024 pixel resolution). Based on the prototype Intel showed at the CES, the phone can last up to 8 hours while on a 3G calls, six hours of 1080p video decoding or five hours of 3G internet browsing, TG Daily says.
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha meanwhile said that his company will “deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses,” SlashGear reports. The deal between Motorola and Intel is reportedly spans several years across many devices that the two firms plan to launch.
Intel CEO Paul Otellini said at the CES that “there’s a lot of excitement and innovation around Intel technology in smartphones,” Bloomberg says. And so it seems that Intel is ready to go into battle to claim more territory in the smartphone and tablet space.