Lenovo and Motorola making first Intel smartphones

New deal with chip maker means competition with ARM processors
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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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