CES: Intel Making Strides Into Mobile Device Market
January 11, 2012

CES: Intel Making Strides Into Mobile Device Market

During Intel´s keynote presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Liu Jun, president of Lenovo´s mobile Internet division, announced the Lenovo K800 smartphone which will be built on Intel´s “Medfield” Atom platform. This will fulfill Intel´s wish of getting their x86 processors into smart phones, reports Matt Warman for The Telegraph.

The K800 boasts a 4.5-inch 720p screen, HSPA+ support, and operates the Android 4.0 operating system. Inside, the processor is the Intel Atom Z2460 with 21Mbps HSPA+ connectivity on the China Unicom network from Intel´s XMM 6260 chipset. Availability is expected in China during the second quarter of 2012.

Lenovo is also touting its IdeaPad K2110, a 10-inch Android 4.0 tablet again powered by Medfield.

Paul Otellini, Intel´s Chief Executive Officer, announced during the CES show a breakthrough in translating his company´s PC dominances into the mobile phone market. Even after years of targeting mobile platforms, there are no phones currently on sale that are based on an Intel microprocessor, reports Bloomberg´s Danielle Kucera and Ian King.

“There´s a lot of excitement and innovation around Intel technology in smart phones,” Otellini said. He also showcased the new Dell XPS 13 laptop, one of many new slim and light “ultrabooks” to launch at the trade show.

He also demonstrated Ivy Bridge ultrabooks which feature touchscreen interfaces or which can transform from tablets to laptops with the flip of a lid. He said this offered the best of both form-factors and was made possible by Intel´s new chips. “It´s about the device adapting to us not the other way round”, Otellini claimed.

Ivy Bridge´s substantially upgraded integrated GPU was demonstrated with a game of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. However, that demonstration turned out to be a pre-recorded video. The company has since repeated the demonstration, this time without prerecording the video.

Otellini took great care to explain that Intel-powered Windows 8 tablets would be able to run the “4 million” Windows applications that are out there–that only x86 tablets would give this compatibility, reports Peter Bright for ArsTechnica.

This is the biggest thing setting Intel tablets apart from ARM-powered ones, and Intel is making sure that everyone is well aware of the difference.


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