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Intel is testing its Core M processors for smartphones

Kirk SKAGEN, Intel's General Manager, states that the company is testing its Core M series of processor for use in phablet smartphones.

Published onSeptember 2, 2015

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Intel is yet to gain a major foothold in the smartphone market but the processor giant is persistent. According to Kirk SKAGEN, Intel’s General Manager, the company is looking to bring its latest sixth-generation Core M processors to smartphones.

More specifically, the Core M range is being testing for use with “phablet” phones. Presumably the company is looking to bridge the gap between high-end tablet performance and a small mobile form factor.

Intel’s Core M series of processors are all designed to fit within a TDP of 4.5 watts and are built on a small 14nm manufacturing process. Previously, Intel had suggested that the chip would find a home in 2-in-1 hybrids, notebooks and tablets.

Intel Core M SKU

The current range comprises of dual-core CPU set-ups with hyper threading and Intel’s latest HD 5XXX graphics series. However, without an integrated modem and a relatively high cost per chip, Intel may still struggle to compete with other mobile SoC manufacturers. Not to mention that it is currently unclear how such a chip will perform in a very small smartphone form factor, where cooling technology is virtually non-existent.

Furthermore, Intel has previously stated that it is looking to optimize its Core M range for use with Windows 10, so we may not see an Android implementation any time soon. That being said, the prospect of desktop-class performance in a smartphone is pretty compelling. Let’s see if Intel can pull it off.

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