Intel is doing better and better at getting its SoCs into mobile devices. After a slow start, we began to see the pack pick up a little this year, with Intel scoring some wins like getting its chips into new Samsung tablets. We fully expect to see Intel continue to push for the use of its silicon in such models, but now a new FCC regulatory filing has us thinking about Intel building its own hardware from the ground up, with the appearance of paperwork for Intel model CZ120.
The docs are unambiguous about the nature of this device, plainly identifying it as an Intel smartphone. There’s no sign of LTE, and frequency support for 3G networks show coverage on both AT&T and T-Mobile bands. We haven’t spotted any firm indications of just what platform this handset may run – Android could be the most likely candidate, but we shouldn’t rush to rule out something like Tizen, this being Intel and all.
Specs placing the phone’s dimensions at 128 x 67 x 10 millimeters don’t definitively identify its screen size, but those numbers are close enough to measurements we’re familiar with from phones like the HTC One Mini or Galaxy S 4 Mini to at least suggest that we’re dealing with something very close to 4.3 inches.
As phoneArena points out, Intel actually has built smartphones before, like the San Diego for Orange in the UK, but not sold under Intel’s name. Will the CZ120 be another model like that, or could we actually see a full-on Intel smartphone emerge from this?