Intel's smartphone push is in full swing at CES, they're showing off a brand spanking new reference design, based on their Medfield SoC. Behold:
OK, it's ugly. But reference designs are supposed to be ugly. The point is just to show that an Intel phone is possible. It's strictly about guts - they don't waste any time on design.
It's also still running Gingerbread, which is crazy, because Ice Cream Sandwich is the first version that officially supports x86. I guess the Intel devs wanted to show off all their hard work.
In addition to all the usual phone stuff, this thing is packing a 1.6 GHz Atom Z2460 Processor.I know that sounds like it will melt your battery into a puddle, but Intel is claiming very good battery life. The problem, though, is that they aren't listing the battery size - for all we know it could be a trillion mAh battery.
Intel's ISP (the camera processor) can also support up to 24MP. Won't that be fun.
Also of note is the "Intel XMM 6260 Platform" which is Intel-speak for "We are making our own cell modems, too". So it's good to know the Infineon acquisition is working out. Medfield still has a discrete modem, but things are going to get pretty crazy when Intel integrates a modem and processor into a single chip, which you can only do when you own the modem tech.
Intel is coming! The ARM boys should be worried.
Source: Mostly us, but I stole the last picture from Forbes