Intel shows off smartphone with its chip inside

Intel hasn't been much of a factor in terms of its processors being inside smartphones and tablets. Other companies who use chips designed by ARM have dominated those markets. Today Technology Review posted a story saying that it had seen and used prototype smartphones and tablets running one of Intel's processors.

The smartphone prototype, shown in the above photo, was running Android 2.3 and was lighter than Apple's iPhone with more plastic in the case design. The article stated, "The phone was powerful and pleasing to use, on a par with the latest iPhone and Android handsets. It could play Blu-Ray-quality video and stream it to a TV if desired; Web browsing was smooth and fast." Intel's prototype tablet ran Android 3.2, with a slightly larger screen than the iPad.

Intel plans to offer a version of its Atom processor, code named Medfield, as the basis for its smartphone and tablet chip. The prototype designs were made to give companies a frame of reference to design their own products based on Intel's processor. Intel vice president Stephen Smith said, "They can use as much or as little of the reference design as they like."

Smith also said that the first products that will use Medfield will be launched in the first half of 2012 and hinted that Intel will be making more announcements for CES 2012 in January. It looks like that Sprint + Intel rumor might be true after all.

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TechieXP said,
I figured the Atom would be the chip that would squeeze into a phone.
What I want to know is, how you make an x86 chip, run an OS like Android.?

Android is Linux?

If it's based on the next Atom series processor, then battery should last looong and it could be true, about the Blu-ray playback...

Gaara sama said,
who care wat apple have to say , the phone don't look nothing like the iPhone all.

Have you ever seen an iPhone 4 or 4S? With the exception of a few fine details, this is almost an identical knockoff.

One word, start your photosopiers. =D look at the design, it looks like a iPhone but it isn't a iPhone cuz it isn't made from Apple. Ha plastic trying to mimic glass and stainless steel band. What will the world copy Apple next?

Chica Ami said,
One word, start your photosopiers. =D look at the design, it looks like a iPhone but it isn't a iPhone cuz it isn't made from Apple. Ha plastic trying to mimic glass and stainless steel band. What will the world copy Apple next?

Are you that dense?! I mean really? Why don't you take a gander and use Google and look up the original LG Prada. LG already said how Apple stole the iPhone design from the Prada. They did talk about suing, but chose not too. Apple didn't come up with that look on their own.

Apple has NEVER invented anything. Every single product style they ever had was seen/done somewhere else.

Please attempt to grow brains

Chica Ami said,
One word, start your photosopiers. =D look at the design, it looks like a iPhone but it isn't a iPhone cuz it isn't made from Apple. Ha plastic trying to mimic glass and stainless steel band. What will the world copy Apple next?

LG Electronics has claimed the iPhone's design was copied from the LG Prada. Woo-Young Kwak, head of LG Mobile Handset R&D Center, said at a press conference, “We consider that Apple copied the Prada phone after the design was unveiled when it was presented in the iF Design Award and won the prize in September 2006.”[8]

LG later claimed that Apple stole both the ideas and concept of the Prada phone. A lawsuit by LG had been rumored prior to this announcement; [8] however, LG has remained silent on whether or not they will file a lawsuit.

The KE850 actually got an 2007 iF product design award[9], where entries had to be shipped by September 2006.

I have to agree, they seriously needed to be a bit more creative in the design of the case, but since it is just a prototype, I'm sure that it won't go on the market like that (if Intel themselves even makes one available). One question I have is which version is it running? One part of the article says 2.3, and the other part says 3.2. Obviously one or the other is a typo.

As for apps, I guess it just depends. Here is a list of things that have been tested on Android x86: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1019431

roadwarrior said,
One part of the article says 2.3, and the other part says 3.2. Obviously one or the other is a typo.

Oops, reading failure. I missed that the one running 3.2 was a tablet.

Whoever designed the hardware better change their design or Apple is going to sue them..

Edited by techbeck, Dec 21 2011, 8:43pm :

techbeck said,
Whoever designed the hardware better change their design or Apple is going to sue them..

Sadly that was my first thought... what an age we live in

techbeck said,
Whoever designed the hardware better change their design or Apple is going to sue them..

Agreed. It's clearly a really close knockoff of the iPhone 4/4S.
I'm sure Apple will be watching that very closely.

techbeck said,
Whoever designed the hardware better change their design or Apple is going to sue them..

I didn't even think of that. All thought was "damn! I want that sexy looking phone".