Lenovo and Motorola making first Intel smartphones

New deal with chip maker means competition with ARM processors

 

Intel has announced it's teaming up with Lenovo and Motorola to provide chipsets for mobile devices, starting with the China-only Lenovo K800.

The world's first Intel-powered smartphone will go on sale on Lenovo's home turf in China in Q2 this year.

The 1.6GHz Intel CPU-powered K800 features a 4.5in 720p HD display, HDMI-out, NFC and an 8MP camera on the back.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 is running the show and it also benefits from Intel's Wi-Di wireless display tech for streaming video to compatible external displays.

The mobile chip it uses, code-named Medfield, is based upon Intel's Atom processor that was the go-to chip for netbooks like the Asus Eee PC

Up until now, Intel processors have been too power-hungry for phone use so manufacturers have mostly favoured chips from ARM, but that could all be set to change.

We'll keep you posted on the new breed of Intel-based smartphones and bring you info on Motorola's first Intel-toting model as soon as we have it.

Via T3, Tech Radar

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