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It's fair to say that Intel has conquered the desktop market and will probably remain on top for a long time to come, but it when it comes to mobile platforms like tablets and smartphones, ARM is the one with a stranglehold on the market. The Santa Clara chip maker has long said it plans to make a serious run at mobile devices, and starting soon, you'll see a bunch of smartphones sporting Intel inside.
One of the first companies to tap into Intel and its Medfield platform is Orange, according to a Reuters report. Orange is France Telecom's mobile division, and it plans to launch a smartphone in France and the U.K. this summer built around Intel's mobile chipset.
The co-branded smartphone is being designed by Intel and will feature its popular 'Intel Inside' logo on the back cover. More important is the fact that Intel is getting involved in a market segment it's left virtually untouched up to this point.
"This is a really big deal for us," Mike Bell, VP and GM of Ultra Mobility at Intel, told Reuters. It's phenomenal that Orange has asked us to participate and put our Intel logo on the back."
Other details about Orange's Intel-powered handset are few and far between at this early stage, though it's being reported the device will run Google's Android platform.