Acer, a company that many of us know for their computers, has been making Android smartphones for quite a few number of years. The thing is, most of them don’t get any attention because they’re budget devices that don’t exactly use the best components on the market. According to The China Post, that’s soon going to change. They say that Peter Shieh, Vice President of Acer’s Business Division in Taiwan, told members of the press that the company is going to launch an Intel powered smartphone by the end of the year. Now before you get too excited, note that there’s a huge difference between launching a phone and selling a phone. Peter’s comments regarding an Intel phone were said at an event to celebrate the Acer S500 hitting the market. When was the Acer S500 announced? February. That’s a delay of 8 months. Can you see why we don’t take Acer seriously?
So why is an Intel powered smartphone important? Because during the next year or two we’re going to see an epic battle take place in the mobile phone market. Intel has been wanting to get into the smartphone space for years, and now they finally have the hardware to do it.
The recently launched Motorola RAZR i received above average reviews. People were pleasantly surprised that it preformed so well while still managing to last a full day on a single charge. We admit, the RAZR i might not be the fastest phone on the market, but with Intel, a company that’s known for relentlessly innovating, it’s not going to be long until we’re all demanding that the next flagship phone from Samsung or HTC have an x86 chip under the hood.
And hey, all that pressure is going to force Qualcomm and Samsung to design faster chips at an increased pace, so we’re going to win either way!