Intel has announced a number of advancements across its smartphone business, including a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship with Motorola Mobility and a handset by Lenovo based on its new Intel Atom processor platform.
Several smartphones based on the new Atom processor are expected to come to market in 2012.
“The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones,” says 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.”
Otellini made the announcements during a keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show. He also detailed ultrabook category momentum and described how the company is innovating to deliver superior experiences across a range of mobile devices.
Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, joined Otellini onstage and the two executives detailed their companies’ multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship. The effort includes smartphones that Motorola will begin to ship in the second half of this year using Intel Atom processors and the Android platform. The collaboration, which also covers tablets, combines Intel’s leadership in silicon technology and computing innovation with Motorola’s mobile device design expertise.
Liu Jun, Lenovo senior vice-president and president of Mobile Internet and Digital Home, also joined Otellini onstage to debut the Lenovo K800smartphone based on Intel technology and running the Android platform.
Liu Jun said the K800 smartphone will be available in China in the second quarter and will run on China Unicom’s 21Mbs network. The smartphone features the low-power Intel Atom processor Z2460 with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, support for HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 Platform, and the Lenovo LeOS user interface for a localised experience in China.
Otellini says that enabling the best mobile experience is a priority for Intel.
He says Intel 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.