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At the Consumer Electronics Show 2012, Intel Corp. introduced the world's first smartphone based on the company's Atom Z2460 platform formerly code-named Medfield. The new Lenovo K800 handset will be available in Q2 2012 in China and will be the first smartphone ever to use an x86 microprocessor.

Liu Jun, Lenovo senior vice president and president of mobile Internet and digital home, joined Paul Otellini, chief exec of Intel onstage to debut the Lenovo K800 smartphone based on Intel Z2460 and running the Google Android operating system with Lenovo LeOS user interface for a localized experience in China. Liu Jun said the K800 smartphone will be available in China in the second quarter and will run on China Unicom’s 21Mb/s network. The smartphone features support for HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 platform.


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No precise specifications of the Lenovo K800 are available at the moment, but what is known is that the device sports 4.5" screen (with up to 1280*1024 resolution) and has Hyper-Threading technology activated, which points to the fact that the K800 belongs to high-end (so-called "superphones") breed of products.

During the CES 2012, the world's largest maker of chips also disclosed peculiarities of Atom Z2460/Medfield system-on-chip, which will be Intel's third attempt to enter the market of smartphones.

Intel Medfield is powered by Atom architecture 1.60GHz x86 core with Hyper-Threading technology, enhanced Intel Deeper Sleep, C6E estate, S0i1/S0i3 power reduction features and 512KB of cache. The SoC also includes Intel GMA  graphics core (OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1, OpenVG 1.1, 400MHz) with hardware accelerated high-definition 1080p video playback, 32-bit LPDDR2 memory controller, Intel's new image signal processor and various improvements to speed up various multimedia or security demands. The Atom Z2460 SoC can dynamically scale its clock-speeds and also supports the new Smart Idle technology (SIT) which enables it to switch off while the operating systems remains in the "on" state (S0); the technique takes full advantage of clock and distributed power gating across power islands and can instantly resume from idle states thanks to L2 cache peculiarities. The new chip is in production now using 32nm process technology.

Tags: Intel, Medfield, Atom, Lenovo, Android

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I have a respect for Intel's engineering abilities, but I find it perhaps telling that 1) no one has mentioned battery life of the lenovo phone, just a vague 'uses less power than the competition' (and they don't mention what competition they are comparing it too), and 2) the only phone maker they've convinced to use the chip is lenovo, who are a very small player with a vested interest in maintaining good relations with intel to help with their much larger and more critical PC business.

And SGX540? Really Intel? You've made it nearly obsolete before it even been released.

Its good to have competition, but I get nervous when big behemoths like Intel jump into markets with successful but much smaller competitors, too often I've seen them resort to huge marketing budgets and questionable handouts to manufacturers to take over the market, and then with all competition crushed or subdued, just roll out token updates and charge a mint for them.

Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how well they go with getting design wins with Medfield, and what Apple do, given both their close relation with Intel and the fact they own their own ARM SoC developer.

EDIT - Looks like I already need to take back my comment about lenovo, Intel have scored a Motorola win too (who would have seen that coming in the 80's during the x86 vs 68k period).
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i am curious about which OS has installed on that phone?
win7? vista? xp? me? linux? BSD? Mac OS X?
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I read on another site its Android 4.0, they ported Android to x86 a little while back
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