Intel has unveiled its latest series of processors, the Atom x3, x5 and x7 smartphone chipsets. The Atom x3 series, previously code-named "SoFIA" has been designed specifically for low end devices, tablets and phablets. On the other hand, the Atom x5 and x7 series, formerly code-named "Cherry Trail" have been made for and premium tablets and small-screen 2 in 1s. Intel states that 20 OEMs will be using the Atom x3 processors in their devices; primarily Android, but there are also signs of Windows 10-based phones powered by the said chipset in the future.
Combining 64-bit multi-core Intel Atom processors together with 3G or 4G LTE connectivity, the integrated communications SoC combines the applications processor, image sensor processor, graphics, audio, connectivity and power management components in a single system chipset. This integration allows device manufacturers to deliver full-featured tablets, phablets and smartphones at affordable price points for the rapidly growing entry and value market segments.
Regarding Windows 10 Phones embedded with the Atom x3 in the future, Aicha Evans, Vice President and General Manager of Intel's Communication and Devices Group states that she considers this "very important".
While there has been no confirmation from Microsoft regarding the use of these processors in its Lumia series of devices; all current Windows Phones are powered by Qualcomm's processors, it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. Evans also believes that by using Intel's processors in Windows Phones, the OS' adoption rate will increase.
The Atom x3 chipset will be priced between $75 to $249 and will make its way to devices, 3G enabled, in the first half of this year. An LTE version of the processor will be rolled out to OEMs in the second half of the same year.