The head of Intel Corp. said that the world's first commercial smartphones featuring Intel Atom "Medfield" system-on-chip would be launched, and possibly available, later this week. The company did not elaborate which smartphones and on which market will be released.
"We expect to see another important milestone for our business later this week with the launch of the world's first Intel architecture-based smartphone," said Paul Otellini, chief executive officer of Intel, during a conference call with financial analysts.
Starting from the Q2 2012 several companies, including Lava, Orange and ZTE, in addition to Motorola Mobility and Lenovo, plan to release their x86 smartphones based on Intel Atom Z2460 platform in different parts of the world. The first three companies intend to use Intel's reference design and add their proprietary features to them in a bid to differentiate themselves from others, whereas Lenovo and Motorola/Google have their own developments based on Intel Atom system-on-chip with their own set of capabilities.
Intel smartphone reference design is based on Atom Z2460 system-on-chip (Atom core at 1.60GHz, PowerVR-based graphics core with OpenGL ES 2.0, OpenGL 2.1, OpenVG 1.1 support clocked at 400MHz with hardware accelerated high-definition 1080p video playback, 32-bit LPDDR2 memory controller and so on) supporting HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 communication processor. The reference design smartphones have 4.03" screens, 8MP cameras and use Google Android 4.0 operating system.