2012 has been all about baby steps for Intel in the Android décor. The world’s largest PC chip maker has adopted a very cautious approach for its first smartphone efforts, focusing mostly on entry-level devices targeted at emerging markets.
But after seeing the mid-range Motorola Razr i it became clear Intel won’t be observing the mobile market much longer and will look to get in the big game (el plato supreme, if you will). The company’s January CES showing, while still rather timid, proved that Intel is looking to step things up a notch and now it seems MWC is going to be the next key phase in the world conquering campaign.
According to a press release issued yesterday, Intel “will showcase its latest smartphone technologies and devices running the Android platform, including a new dual core, dual graphics platform, as well as OEM- and service provider-supported devices based on the company’s new Intel Atom Z2420 platform targeted at emerging markets.”
Though it’s not mentioned by the name, we’re pretty certain the “dual-core, dual graphics platform” is the Z2580 “Clover Trail+” chip shown inside the Lenovo K900 at CES. You might remember that fellow’s outstanding benchmark results, so the mere thought of seeing more devices powered by the CPU makes us feel like kids on a Christmas morning.
Of course, we have no idea how many new Z2580-based devices will be shown in Barcelona and what kind of branding will they carry, but we can certainly start dreaming. How does a Motorola Razr i successor sound? Some other Lenovo-branded devices? Something from Acer or ZTE? Or maybe a phone from a new major Intel partner?
Ah, the excitement. As for the lower-end Z2420 “Lexington” platform, we’ve already got word about three phones using it, the Yolo, Xolo X500 and Acer Liquid C1. Each of these is targeting a different “emerging market”, so if we’re going to see something new in Barcelona that should probably be tailor-made for Europe or South America.
Can Intel’s mobile chips already challenge the ARM-powered competition? Or do we still have to be patient with the Santa Clara-based giant?