Intel smartphones

Reading about the new Qualcomm processors I'm reminded ... what about Intel?!?

Has Intel bowed out of the smartphone market?

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JanSt / MOD  May. 21, 2014 at 21:51

Hey, don't forget the brilliant Prestigio devices :p
In fairness, I thought the Razr i or whatever it was called was a lovely phone. But unfortunately around that time the idiotic quad-core big big bigger hype started.

AhmadCentral  May. 21, 2014 at 22:55

Intel still power phones. Not many though.

spruceyb  May. 21, 2014 at 23:53

Intel is more for tablets.
I bought my gf a Galaxy Tab 3 which is Intel powered, have to say it's quite nice.
Also Onda is releasing the V975i which runs a 64 Bit Atom (Merrifield) chip which looks super powerful and incredibly power efficient.

The main reason we probably don't see it in phones though is Atom still doesn't have onboard LTE, requiring a separate solution taking up more internal space and probably costing more than an equivalent like Snapdragon.

Although Intel does have a strategic partnership with Lenovo and Asus which could see some Merrifield based phones coming out around late Q2 - Q3

AhmadCentral  May. 22, 2014 at 00:00

I think we're going to see more Nividia and Qualcomm (obviously) and Mediatek based tablets than Intel tablets.

Really don't see Intel growing massively this year.

spruceyb  May. 22, 2014 at 03:36

I think we're going to see more Nividia and Qualcomm (obviously) and Mediatek based tablets than Intel tablets.

Really don't see Intel growing massively this year.

I think Mediatek will grab a large portion of low end, they're already getting some traction thanks to Lenovo.

Qualcomm SD8** is the type of chip I would prefer but it's not really in much (Kindle Fire HDX, Tab PRO 8.4 and Xperia Tablet Z2), I personally really want something like a NotePRO 12.2 running a SD800 or better.

Personally I don't think we'll see much Nvidia, K1 benchmarks look good but so did Tegra 3 and Tegra 4 but only really the Nexus 7 worked well with Tegra, most others were pretty bad (LG O4X got super hot in use), Toshiba Excite was pretty poor. I've seen a few other people saying that K1 might not be as good as Nvidia are saying and that Qualcomm & Samsung are too far ahead of them.

Intel getting big may not happen this year but I'd wager it will be soon. The 64 Bit Atoms are compatible with Windows & Android, the flagship Bay Trail-T cost is only $40 and the lower Atom Z3735F is $17, that's official pricing a large buyer could easily get it much cheaper (especially as Intel can make huge amounts due to being able to sell to W8.1/Android).

From the benchmarks I've seen the performance of the Atom Z3735F is between Snapdragon 600-800 (but that's on a device with QHD screen). Then Q4 this year Cherry Trail devices will be releasing.
Here's the bench of the Flagship

Cherry Trail is 14nm and Intel have said along with Cherry Trail they'll be releasing a redesigned BayTrail that will enable manufacturers to put out quality sub $100 tablets.

Intel isn't going to let Qualcomm et al take all this growing processor market space.

CTPAHHIK  May. 22, 2014 at 08:36

Intel struggling with power management, most of their CPUs are too power hungry for phones. Some of them are suitable for tablets, but Intel is not there yet. Give them more time.

Current benchmarks are not representative of Intel performance, due to different architecture non-ARM, different instruction set is being used. If you compare ARM to x86, ARM will always be faster due to less complex instruction set. However, x86 can run ARM, Windows and Linux, while ARM can only run ARM. If you try Linux or Windows on ARM CPU both will slow down to a crawl.

Intel is in difficult position right now as there is no way they can beat ARM performance using x86 architecture. On the other hand, Intel is perfectly positioned for tablets. Why run iOS or Android, or even Windows RT, when you can have normal Windows?


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