Intel Shows Off First Android Phone and Tablet
Intel Corporation has begun showing off a prototype version of Intel powered, Android Phone and an Android 4.0 Tablet. The devices will hit the market in 2012 and will be run on Intel’s Medfield line of chips. Intel is getting into the smartphone competition quite late and is hoping to challenge ARM, the current leader of mobile chips.
Intel has begun showing the devices to manufacturers hoping they’ll adopt the Medfield line in their upcoming products. Technology Review got a sneak-peek at the devices. The Medfield chips are smaller, faster, more advanced and are specially configured to run Android apps.
The phone is similar in design to an iPhone at a glance but is lighter. It’s more likely to ship with a 2.X version of Android than Ice Cream Sandwich. The tablet however runs Ice Cream Sandwich and has a larger display than the iPad 2.
Technology Review says the phone is quite impressive. It plays Blu-Ray quality video and can stream to TV via a port. They also say web browsing is fast on the device and its camera features a burst mode capturing 10 full-size eight-megapixel images at a rate of 15 per second.
We’ll have to wait till 2012 to find out what the battery life of this device is and whether manufacturers will adopt the Medfield chips or not.