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CES: Intel teams up with Lenovo and Motorola to launch Atom-based smartphones

Dell also joins the party by launching its first ultrabook during Otellini's keynote
Wed Jan 11 2012, 03:44
Lenovo K800 smartphone with Intel Atom processor

CHIPMAKER Intel's CEO Paul Otellini took the stage at CES and made a number of announcements centred around the smartphone and tablet markets.

Otellini revealed that Lenovo will be the first manufacturer to launch an Intel Atom-based smartphone. The Lenovo K800 will ship with the Atom Medfield 1.6GHz processor and the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system.

The only specifications confirmed by Lenovo on stage were the 4.5in HD 720p display and 8MP rear camera with dual-LED flash. The device will initially to go on sale in China starting in the second quarter with pricing and worldwide release dates yet to be announced.

Mike Bell, VP and general manager of ultra mobility at Intel gave an extended demonstration of the firm's Atom-based reference smartphone. He showcased the ability to play HD movies, and even showed how you can capture 15 pictures in less than a second with the 8MP camera.

Bell rather boldly claimed that Intel-based Atom smartphones are the "most highly optimised version of Android on the planet".

Midway through the Intel keynote Sanjay Jha, the CEO of Motorola appeared on stage to announce that the company had signed a multi-year, multi-device partnership with Intel to make Atom-powered phones. Motorola expects to start rolling out devices this Summer, Jha said.


Otellini finished off by emphasising the importance of ultrabooks, which up until now had been the main focus for the firm during CES. To round off the announcements, Jeff Clarke, the vice chairman of Dell came onto the stage to unveil its first ultrabook.

The Dell XPS 13 will feature a 13in Gorilla Glass screen, weigh 1.35kg and be 6mm thick at its thinnest point. Dell claims that the device will run for up to eight hours on a single charge. The ultrabook will have an Intel dual-core Core i5 2467M or i7 2637M processor and feature 4GB of DDR3 RAM. Dell will offer users the choice between a 128GB SSD or a 256GB SSD and plans to start taking orders in February.

Although the keynote finished without mention of Intel's Clover Trail chipset, Intel's creative director did help ensure that attendees left with a smile when he proclaimed, "The ultrabook is the new ghetto blaster." µ


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