Intel is set to make a move on the mobile processing market later this year, and this week it reconfirmed its first two partners.
As we’d pretty much gathered already, they’ll be US manufacturer Motorola and Chinese OEM Lenovo. Slow news day? Aye, kinda.
Lenovo was the only manufacturer to turn up at CES in January alongside Intel, despite rumours that South Korean titans Samsung and LG were also interested.
The Lenovo K800 – or Racer A, if you prefer – was revealed as the world’s first Intel-powered smartphone. It has a 4.5in 720p display, 8MP camera, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and a 1.6GHz Medfield chip.
Motorola didn’t show off any hardware at CES, instead issuing a meaty press release full of nonsense such as “multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship” and “converged mobile device portfolio”.
Unless Motorola gets its finger out and cranks it up several notches, it looks like the Lenovo K800 will be the first Intel-powered smartphone to market.
We expect the first wave of Intel-juiced smartphones to be Android-based, however they’re also tipped for Windows Phone action.
Intel will be dishing more dirt on its smartphone plans at Mobile World Congress next week.