Less than a week ago we told you guys about Intel partnering up with the African wireless operator Safaricom to launch a cheap Android device called the Yolo. The same platform that was used to make that device is now being used by Acer to launch a phone in Thailand called the “Liquid C1”. Unlike Safaricom’s phone, the Liquid C1 has a much more impressive spec sheet. It has a 4.3 inch quarter HD resolution display, 1 GB of RAM, and an 8 megapixel camera. Again, it uses the same 1.2 GHz Intel chip as the Yolo, but the rest of the phone is a bit nicer.
According to ZD|Net, this phone will hit other Asian countries quite soon, but what about America and America? Our gut tells us the C1 will never leave South East Asia, not because it isn’t good, but because it’s an Acer. Operators and retailers tend to sell devices from more trusted brands. Take Motorola’s RAZR i for instance, which uses an Intel chip. That thing hit Europe, but it never landed in America because it lacked 4G LTE.
When will we see a “flagship” phone powered by some Intel silicon? We’re hoping that the mythical Motorola X Phone has some crazy fast x86 chip inside, but we doubt that’s going to happen. If we’re wrong, then great!
Why is Intel having such a hard time getting companies to use their chips? It likely has something to do with the fact that most companies are already comfortable maintinaing the relationships they’ve already made. Chinese companies like to MediaTek, larger companies like to use Qualcomm, and Samsung likes to use their own chips in their high end devices.
We want Intel to be taken seriously, because competition is great, but until they can offer a solution that integrates 4G LTE … forget about it.