Wow - Motorola's Sanjay Jha and Intel just announced that the two companies have entered into a strategic partnership to combine forces to deliver new Medfield-based mobile devices to the US market, with actual devices finalized by this summer, and availability shortly thereafter (subject to carrier approval). This is probably the most exciting thing we've heard all day.

Motorola has had a fairly long-standing relationship with Texas Instruments (along with a couple brief collaborations with NVIDIA). The deal with Intel was said to be a multi-year agreement, suggesting that Motorola may be changing its go-to chipset and processor provider. Sanjay Jha stated we could expect specific device announcements in the coming months, and we can't wait to see what the two are going to come up with, especially now that Google will probably play a significant role in the whole process, as well.

It has taken a while, but it looks like Intel is serious about making a splash in the smartphone and tablet market, and competition is always good news for consumers.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Mark

    Google will sit back and let Moto continue to make crap.

    We are not Motorola costumers. Verizon is.

  • Jarek James

    So why would motorola want an x86 based phone, so it's battery life can be shorter?

    • RazorHail

      who says the battery life is shorter?
      intel is saying that the battery life is actually up to 3x better than ARM chips

    • Andy in Indy

      They are pushing Medfield chips down to a power cost similar to ARM.

      It would be nice to have a phone that I can plug into my Lapdock or media dock and run Windows. This would definitely be in line with Motorola's view of the phone as a computing core.

  • Mgamerz

    Sweet, now ARM phones can be dumped from support! Oh wait.......
    I'd rather NVidia or TI be a mobile leader than intel, intel's reputation as a fair player is shady at best, though nvidia isn't that reputable either.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

    Funny, nobody mentions Qualcomm or even Samsung...Odd...

    Regardless, absolutely NONE of this clearly defines WHAT devices are going to be getting Intel hardware. It's just as possible that Intel hardware is going into a future Motorola phone as it is that it'll be going into a future GoogleTV box. There's also no statement of exclusivity. I'd say everybody should chill until there's more info. It also wouldn't hurt to have read the other posting today that points out that they've got pretty competitive battery life.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      While it does not clearly define what will get the Intel processors, it defines a segment, to which, Google TV does not belong. In lines two and three of the above article, it clearly says "...combine forces to deliver new Medfield-based mobile devices to the US market..." I am fairly certain that mobile devices will be phones PMPs, and tablets. Especially since that is the processor Intel showed off today as well in an Android PHONE.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody

        It wouldn't be the first time Motorola set up a deal like this and didn't follow through. I was kinda trying to be dismissive because too many people complain about battery life when they don't really know what Intel is actually going to bring to the table.

        My first thought when I read this posting was that these processors would probably be used for building Windows 8 Tablets, but then considering the future owners of this division of Motorola, I started to reconsider. Of course, if Google really means it when they say that they will have Motorola Mobility continue to function mostly autonomously, then it's still possible. But the greater point remains, we'll have to wait and see what actually happens. Intel does build great technology, but they have built some really crap stuff (like XScale) in the past. I'd like to see how well a phone built on their chipset fairs in the real world before I condemn them as most others already have.

        • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

          Can't argue with you much there. I agree about we don't really know exactly what is going to happen yet. As for XScale, that is just funny. That was Intel trying the ARM game. What a joke. So lets hope that rather than building a chip that works with Android, their attempt at making Android work with their chip will turn out well. Seems promising.

  • sgtguthrie

    I hope google flexes some muscle with MOTOROLA and makes them as simply unlocked as "fastboot oem unlock" :-) Until that happens, I don't care one bit about MOTOROLA or their locked & encrypted devices! Hopefully they wise up!

  • AndroHero

    @jerek & mgamerz, who says intel will be using x86 instruction? It will be just as easy for Intel to get a licence from ARM as it is for quallcomm/texus/samsung and nvida.

    • Ron Amadeo

      "Medfield-based mobile devices"

      Medfield is x86.

      Also Intel uses x86 because they own it. They aren't going to pay for an ARM licence. They did (xscale), but they never will again.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      If you look at the specs of the Medfield System-on-Chip that is listed, you will see that it is in fact x86.

      Edit: Sorry, Ron. Didn't refresh before I posted.