By Anton D. Nagy | December 21, 2011 8:44 AM
The fact that Intel wants in the smartphone and tablet business is nothing new as the code is out there and being optimized and we even heard of rumors around Samsung, Intel and Sprint preparing something for CES.
MIT’s Technology Review had the chance to try out prototype smartphones powered by Intel’s Medfield chip and running Google’s Android platform. The phones are actual “reference designs” that are being sent out to manufacturers in order to get them interested in building products around Intel’s latest technology.
The Medfield chip is the latest of Intel’s Atom line-up and “is our first offering that’s truly a single chip,” said Stephen Smith, vice president of Intel’s architecture group. “We expect products based on these to be announced in the first half of 2012,” he added.
The phone itself tested was similar in dimensions to the iPhone but lighter because of the materials used. It was powered by the Gingerbread iteration of Android and acted “on a par with the latest iPhone and Android handsets”. According to Smith the Medfield chip is built specifically to speed up Android apps and Web browsing.