Intel officially enters smartphone and tablet game, enters into strategic relationship with Motorola


We’ve seen a sneak peek of Intel’s possible tablet offerings last year in COMPUTEX, and now it seems that the firm has a processor ready to go to market. The processor of choice for mobile devices? Their Atom Z2460 platform, formerly known as Medfield. To highlight the capabilities of the processor on mobile devices, Intel brought a fully functional smartphone to CES which was built for them by Lenovo. The device sports a 4.5-inch high-resolution LCD touch screen for crisp text and vibrant images, two cameras for imaging and support for HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 Platform. The device was running on Android 4.0 during the event.

Intel CEO Paul Otelleni also announced during the show a including a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Motorola Mobility, Inc. “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.”

Additionally, the firm has promised that devices running on their chips will be able to run a vast swath of Android software, including those compiled for other architectures. Furthermore, Intel powered tablets will raise the bar on tablet experiences by offering compatibility with the millions of existing applications and devices; an instant-on, software and apps experience; and support of the Metro* user interface. Onstage during Intel’s keynote for CES was the world’s first public demonstration of the forthcoming 32nm Intel Atom SoC for tablets and hybrids running on Microsoft Windows 8, codenamed “Clover Trail.

*We apologize for the low res pictures, we’ll get higher-res versions up as soon as we can