Intel Goes All In for Mobile With Medfield

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2012-01-10 Print this article Print

  The handset is fueled by the Intel Atom processor Z2460, formerly known as "Medfield," with support for HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 platform under the hood. The K800's Android OS is accompanied by the Lenovo LeOS user interface. Users will be able to hook up their K800 to their TVs via an HDMI cable to port their media content to the big screen. Jun promised an "amazing user experience" in the K800.

However, the U.S. audience may have to wait until Motorola launches its Medfield phones to get their mitts on an Intel-powered phone. The K800 smartphone will be available in China in the second quarter and will run on China Unicom's network.

Otellini then tapped one his lieutenants, Michael Bell, general manager of Intel's mobile and communications group, who demonstrated Intel's smartphone reference device.

While only a reference design, the device Bell showed off has a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor supported by a 4.03-inch high-resolution LCD touch screen. Bell also showed off the phone's 8-megapixel camera's "burst mode," which allowed him to shoot 15 pictures in less than a second.

"It does, however, sort of pain me to call it a reference phone because I have to tell you, it's a pretty nice device," Bell joked. "It's less than 10 millimeters thick and it's fully buzzword-compliant. It's got every bell and whistle you find in a modern smartphone," including and HDMI port and a near field communications (NFC) coil for mobile communications, such as payments.   

Intel made a splash Jan. 9 by introducing ultrabooks powered by Acer, Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) and others. Otellini said more than 75 ultrabooks will ship this year from those partners, which includes Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), which just threw its hat into the ultrabook ring at CES.

Otellini called up Jeff Clarke, vice chairman of global operations and end-user computing solutions at Dell. Clarke unveiled the XPS 13, powered by the Intel Core i7 processor. This device, Dell's first ultrabook, weighs less than 3 pounds and will go to market in February with as many as 8 hours of battery life.

Of course, while the current Core i7 chips power ultrabooks, Intel will launch third-generation Core processors, code-named "Ivy Bridge," this year. These chips employ Intel's 22nm 3D Tri-gate transistors. Intel demoed those chips on one of those machines, a prototype convertible ultrabook. Intel employees played "Call of Duty 3" and "Fruit Ninja" games using the tablet's touch screen.

Also shown was the ability to tap the Intel Atom reference phone against the convertible ultrabook to pay for a product from



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