A Look at Intel’s First Medfield Powered Smartphone and Tablet
In line with our previous posts about Intel joining the pool of Android smartphones and tablets, we finally have a device to show off! Boasting of a Medfield system-on-a-chip processor, the manufacturer hopes to inspire others to do the same as opposed to continuing the use of ARM-based chips.
As earlier reports came in, many expected that the prototypes would run the typical x86 processor optimized with an Intel Android Gingerbread. Unfortunately, there is only a vague amount of information about the hardware of the device. The only sure thing about the prototype is that it has about the same size as an iPhone 4, only it is a tad bit lighter due to its primary material being plastic!
Apart from the size of the prototype, another feature mentioned about the phone is its 8MP camera capability. Combining it with a built in burst mode, the phone is capable of capturing 10 full-resolution images. All these photos in less than a second! The science behind this feature in the camera has been made possible with the emersion of an image processing logic with a software layer, a code developed by Silicon Hive. This was a recent acquisition of Intel.
Moreover, Stephen Smith (Intel’s Vice President, Architecture Group) also mentioned that these chips are packed with enhancements that boost the speed of the Android app, thus providing a better web browsing experience for the user. Comparing it with other phones, Intel’s own smartphone is capable of Blu-ray quality video streaming to an HDTV, most likely through the company’s own WiDi technology.
Spectators were also introduced to a tablet powered by Ice Cream Sandwich. At this state, there have been no confirmations or denials that the ICS OS will be included in the series of Intel tablets. However, people who got to experience the tablet can attest that it is noticeably better to use compared to the current Honeycomb tablet. As for its size and weight, it resembled that of an iPad; it did have a slightly larger screen though.
When asked when the first batch of devices will be launched, Intel could only give a target date by the end of 2012’s first half. Back in 2009, Nokia signed a deal for using the chips and even projected including them on about 450 million devices before 2013. Another rumor about these chips is that they will be half the price of the current Atoms available. If Intel hopes to have a close competency with the other low-cost ARM processors available in the market, the 50% price will play a vital role to the success of the company.
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