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Motorola and Lenovo to make Intel-based smartphones

Intel has been working to convince smartphone and tablet makers that it has processors that will work well with their products. On Tuesday during CES 2012, Intel confirmed that two companies, Lenovo and Motorola, have agreed to create portable devices that will have a version of Intel's Atom processor inside.

In a press release annoucing the move, Intel revealed that Lenovo will use the Atom processor Z2460 platform, formerly known as its code name Medfield, inside the Lenovo K800 smartphone. The Android-powered device will be launched in China in the second quarter of 2012.

Intel also issued another press release announcing its deal with Motorola Mobility. The multi-year and multi-device agreement will have the Atom processor inside a number of upcoming Motorola smartphones and tablets, again running on Google's Android operating system. Specifics about the deal were not revealed.

Intel has been slow to have its processors inside smartphones and tablets. Other companies such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments and NVIDIA have taken the lion's share of the smartphone processor market, using chips with ARM-based designs rather than the X86 design that Intel and its big PC rival AMD uses.

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