Slowly but surely, Intel’s been making headway back into the mobile device market, and after the past couple years of seeing Intel SoCs pop up here and there, 2014 finally feels like the year when Intel might make its impression felt on mainstream smartphones and tablets. The company had some big announcements to make back at MWC, talking about the introduction of 64-bit mobile chips and arrangements with a number of OEMs, but now we hear a new theory that could really help put Intel-based Androids on the map, with rumors that an Intel chip could power Google’s next tablet.
Fair warning: we really don’t have a good sense of how reliable the sourcing behind this might be, and we’re having a difficult time pinning-down exactly where this is all coming from, and what precisely is being argued. That said, the reporting on these supposed rumors claims that an Intel chip – and specifically a Moorefield design – could find a home at the heart of the Nexus 8.
Let’s look at what makes sense and what doesn’t. Yes, Intel is working with ASUS, the company behind both Nexus 7 models thus far. And Moorefield chips should be graphics powerhouses, which could go a long way towards making such a Nexus 8 a hit with gamers.
But we wonder about availability. This is talking about a July launch, and that could be way too early for Moorefield; Intel’s mentioned second half of the year availability, and we’ve seen some estimates looking all the way out to Q4.
Ultimately, this is an interesting theory, but we’re just not seeing any real meat to it yet, and we’d need to hear the same idea from a much more credible source before we start treating it as a stronger possibility.