Last Updated: January 11th, 2012

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:

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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.

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Turns out the battery is 1430mAh! If the real world numbers are anything like this, that's very impressive.

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

Ron Amadeo
Ron loves everything related to technology, design, and Google. He always wants to talk about "the big picture" and what's next for Android, and he's not afraid to get knee-deep in an APK for some details. Expect a good eye for detail, lots of research, and some lamenting about how something isn't designed well enough.
  • mastermind26

    Great. That's all we need.

    Intel will eventually team up with Microsoft and we'll have the WinTel saga ALL OVER AGAIN.


    • Adrian

      you're forgetting that Android is open source and Microsoft doesn't like it

      • mastermind26

        Yes. I realize this. But I DID say eventually.

      • bobtentpeg

        Android isn't open...

    • Ron Amadeo

      Actually, Intel has teamed up with Google. They don't support Windows Phone, and don't have any plans to.


      Google + Intel needs a clever name.

      • mastermind26

        Your link doesn't say they WON'T support them in the future though.

      • ssj4Gogeta

        It isn't Intel not supporting WP7 as much as MS not supporting x86.

      • Jon

        Google +Intel = Gentel?

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Well MS also support ARM now with Windows 8.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    A single core Atom should be competitive with at least a dual-core A9 clock for clock. Also, Intel is preparing a new Atom architecture (they've been using the same architecture since it launched) for 2013.
    Also, they'll soon be moving over to 22nm with FinFETs.

  • Darkseider

    Meh. Dual and quad core ARM SOCs should trounce it in multi threaded apps. As it stands it performs slightly better than the Tegra 3 running caffeine mark, which is single threaded, even though it is 300 Mhz faster. Nothing to see here.

  • butchyon

    Whatever he just said... :)

  • Rune

    Definitely it's what inside that counts! I'd like to see these guys give Tegra give a run for their money- Consumer Wins :D

  • UmK

    oh intel, you so regret selling your arm division back then thinking "this has no future".

  • http://www.pretentiousname.com Leo Davidson

    Is this going to be a hassle with Android apps using native code?

    (Do many apps use much native code, or is it a very niche thing? I don't know.)

    • Ron Amadeo

      Oh, such a hassle. The Intel vs ARM thing is going to suck for everyone involved.

      Apps should be ok, but most games use the NDK and will need two versions. (or, should I say, an additional version.)

  • http://verb0ze.net verboze

    Meh. Let's see what sort of battery life these devices will get first. Though I did not know ICS supported x86! Does that mean we are going to see all sorts of fun ICS-based devices such as HTPCs and CarPCs? :}