Lenovo to ship first Intel smartphone – in China only
Motorola not far behind
CES 2012 The first Intel-based smartphone has been unveiled, but don't go looking for it at AT&T, Vodafone, Verizon, or Orange. When the Lenovo 800K ships in the second quarter of this year, you'll have to get yours from China Unicom.
"Today, I'm thrilled to announce that the best of Intel's computing is now coming to smartphones," Intel president and CEO Paul Otellini told his CES keynote audience on Monday afternoon. "And it's coming first to China, the largest market for smartphones in the world, with 100 million users and growing rapidly."
Liu Jun, president of Lenovo's company's mobile internet and digital home group, joined Otellini on the keynote stage for the announcement. "It is my great honor today," he said, "to introduce to you the world's first Intel architecture–based smartphone, the Lenovo Smartphone K800."
"We are transforming Lenovo from a leading personal computer company to a leading peronal internet device company," Liu said.
The Intel-based Lenovo K800 makes its debut on the CES keynote stage (source: Android Police)
Liu described the K800 as "simple, stylish, and feature-packed." Among those features are a 4.5-inch display, 720p video, HDMI-out, near-field communication (aka NFC), and Intel wireless display technology to stream video to a compatible HD TV. More details are sure to emerge in the run-up to release.
As Liu spoke, Otellini stood beside him, beaming – and he had good reason to smile. Intel has been trying for years to reduce its chips' power consumption sufficiently to prompt a smartphone manufacture to include Chipzilla's chippery in handsets. Now, with the Lenovo K800, they've finally succeeded.
Lenovo's Liu may have been the only manufacturer who could wave an about-to-ship Intel-based smartphone at the keynote, but Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO of Motorola Mobility, joined Otellini to tell the crowd that his company is not far behind.
"I am especially proud to announce today that Motorola and Intel have entered into a multi-year, multi-device strategic partnership around mobile devices and smartphones," he revealed.
Jha said that his company plans to have devices in carrier validation this summer, with commercial launch shortly after that. "Stay tuned for the details in coming months," he added.
ARM-based smartphones finally have real competition – although, of course, exactly how real is a question to be answered only after users get their hands on Intel-based phones in coming months. ®
From past experience...
"battery life is comparable to smartphones in its class" is code for "it lasts half as long" right?
how much Intel is paying
The real question is how much Intel is paying Lenovo and Motorola to produce those phones... If that cash is enough, then nothing else matters for those companies.
I don't Intel has much future hereI could be wrong here, but the issue is not so much how power hungry the Intel chip is but the power of the whole package. The advantage ARM has is that you can take the ARM core and integrate it with all the other components needed to make a phone on the same chip. i.e add the graphics engine, wireless chippery etc. This provides an advantage not only in in reduced footprint but reduced power consumption. One of the problems with Intel chips has been not such the power consumption of the chip itself , but of the north/south bridge. The lack of manufacturer customisation is more likely to kill intel on mobile rather than power/performance
Guess we've spotted the shill account from the inquirer then
You do get it's a keynote presentation right? It said it right there in the article. There wasn't even a device present probably, just some lovely marketing slides.
When they review it, I'm sure that will cover the battery life.
Not just marketing support
Even if Intel is filling their boots with money to start with how is this going to work long term? Intel's chips are not just hotter than ARM ones they are significantly more expensive, which is where Intel's massive profits come from. If for no other reason than they're, er, cheap as chips, ARM offers a compelling argument against x86 where you have only two vendors.