We haven’t exactly been inundated with Intel-based smartphones this year, however the Orange San Diego and recently announced Motorola Razr i are far from dire.
Intel promises things are about to get significantly sexier, with LTE before the end of the year, and followed by dual-core chips.
That’s the good word according to Sumeet Syal, Intel’s Director of Product Marketing, who recently spoke to Tech Crunch.
With regards to LTE, Sumeet says Intel will be “shipping some LTE products later this year and ramping into 2013″. We’ll expect a big Intel showing at CES then. The lack of Intel LTE, incidentally, probably explains why the US has been left out to date.
As for multi-core action, Sumeet says Intel is prepping a dual-core Atom chip. On the subject of the single-core Medfield chip, he adds: “Even though it’s a single core it has hyper threading technology so essentially you’re able to do multitasking through a hyper-threaded environment.
“So that’s how we’re able to demonstrate that a single core from Intel outperforms a lot of the dual-core and quad-cores out there.” Echoes of Windows Phone.
On the poop side, it’s been discovered that some Android apps are incompatible with Intel devices, most notably Google Chrome, though Motorola insists that’ll be rectified before the Razr i's release. Sumeet adds: “We’re not quoting any numbers — but the majority of all the apps we’ve tested work just fine.”
Finally, describing Intel’s smartphone performance thus far, Sumeet purrs: “We’ve just gotten into the game, since the beginning of this year, right now we’re really comfortable with how we see our penetration — six products have now been publicly announced into the marketplace. There’s more stuff to come.”