Intel Atom to Bombard Smartphone Market in Second Half of 2012

Paul Lilly

Intel has been talking up a storm about its plans to infiltrate the mobile device market and inject x86 processors into smartphones and tablets, and at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel was still talking about it, only with a little more detail. Two of the things Intel announced at CES is a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Google-owned Motorola Mobility to deliver Atom-powered devices.

Intel also announced a handset built by Lenovo and powered by its Atom Z2460 platform, aka "Medfield," an architecture specifically configured for mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.

"The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which to build in 2012 and into the future."

Lenovo's Atom-powered K800 smartphone running Android will debut in China in the second quarter of 2012 and will run on China Unicom's 21Mbps network. It will also feature Lenovo's custom LeOS UI for a localized experience in China.

Whether or not the K800 eventually lands on U.S. shores remains to be seen, but you can expect Motorola to start shipping smartphones using Atom processors and the Android platform here in the States in the second half of the year. The collaboration between Intel and Motorola also includes tablets, though no timeframe was given.

Image Credit: Intel

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