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Ambarish Ganesh
Ambarish Ganesh • Dec 21, 2011

Intel Android Smartphone And Tablet Designs Are Out

Intel's big jump into the mobile market was the talk of the tech-town throughout the year, and looking at the positive response its design has generated, we can say that this talk will continue for a while. With the disclosure of its latest Medfield smartphone and tablet reference designs, Intel expects to win support of the manufacturers to embrace its x86 mobile chip instead of adhering to ARM. Both the devices powered by Android- the phone on Gingerbread and the tablet on Ice Cream Sandwich - were examined by MIT' Technology Review, and the result appears to be positive. The phone was reported to be at par with the latest Android and iPhone devices, and also its Intel credentials were established when it played back Blu-ray-quality video.[​IMG]

In contrast to the earlier Intel chips, Medfield draws all of the core processing jobs on a single chip. This alleged System-on-Chip (SoC) design imitates the design scheme adopted by ARM retailers like NVIDIA, Qualcomm and Texas Instruments, which have so far managed to stay more successful with their chips in mobile devices than Intel. For now, there have been no issues on the performance front, but still it remains to see if there will be any further power advancements. At present, both the phone and the tablet are capable of performing usual quality tasks, which includes multimedia playback and recording. Both can shoot ten 8-megapixel full-sized images at a rate of 15 fps.

Intel VP Stephen Smith stated that the first Medfield-based Android devices may be launched in the first half of 2012, though he also intimated that a few of them may be seen at the CES 2012.

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