Intel has spent the last few years trying to make a chip small enough to fit inside a smartphone. They’re a company that’s used to making chips for full blown computers, so their task wasn’t an easy one. When the single core Atom packing Motorola RAZR i was announced last September, we were impressed with it, but after some extensive testing we found it rather difficult to call a “great” device.
According to the Chinese website Zol, 2013 is going to be the year Intel finally shakes up the mobile space. Lenovo is going to announce a flagship phone at CES called the Z5 that’s said to pack a dual core Intel chip, 5.5 inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera, 2 GB of RAM, and a 3,500 mAh battery. The Z5 is going to run Android 4.2, but before you ask, no, we have no idea when it’s going to come out and how much it’s going to cost.
Truth be told, until Samsung or Apple start using Intel chips in their devices, then Intel isn’t going to have that much of an impact in places like Europe or the United States. Apple makes their own A-series processor, and Samsung has Exynos. The devices that don’t have either of those chips typically use a Qualcomm solution.
We want Intel to do their best and compete with the big boys, but let’s be serious, Apple is never going to put a chip in the iPhone that wasn’t designed by them, and Samsung has all these factories that they need to put to good use, hence the Exynos brand.
Expect to hear more about the Z5 and Intel’s new dual core chip for smartphones today at 16:00 Eastern Standard Time. That’s when Intel holds their press conference. Here’s hoping Google, via the Motorola handset unit, uses Intel’s chip to be different and deliver something incredible.