Here’s a rather interesting rumor that just popped up: Samsung together with Intel and Sprint are preparing a smartphone powered by Google’s Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich which they will reportedly show off at CES in a little bit more than a month from now.
We’ve already heard reports of Google optimizing Android code to run on Intel chips and the CES/MWC bit was also rumored when the Intel Developer Forum floor allegedly saw Intel personnel reportedly walk around with HTC smartphone prototypes running Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
Intel’s latest Atom processor, codenamed Medfield, reportedly runs Ice Cream Sandwich just fine. How fine? Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that “Medfield processor will beat the competition hands down”. While it is definitely not lacking in performance, “it usually comes in second or third place when compared against smartphones already in the market” when it comes to power consumption.
So how does this fit in the picture? According to rumors, Samsung has reportedly extended its relationship with Intel to include smartphones. Intel CEO Paul Otellini has a keynote set up at CES and Sprint already announced its own just after the chip-maker’s. Of course, while this is all based on rumors, reports and speculations, it could be a bit off but an Intel-powered Android smartphone should definitely hit the market early next year, let it be announced at CES or MWC.