If there’s one knock on Medfield-based Intel smartphone chips when comparing them to the ARM-based chips, it’s that they do not support 4G LTE connectivity. Intel is looking to change that “later this year and ramping into 2013.” While Intel’s current Medfield devices feature Hyperthreading making them “appear” to have multi-cores, they’re looking to move into the true multi-core device segment to gain a foothold with U.S. carriers. While they aren’t quite ready to jump to the quad-core offerings, their dual-core phones will still feature Hyperthreading, thus acting like a quad-core device. How will this play out in the U.S. market with so many folks stuck on specs these days? And by the time we see these new Intel devices, are potential buyers going to want true quad-core devices, no matter the marketing speak? We’ll keep you posted with any updates on this front.
So now that Intel-powered Android devices are about to take over the world, it’s only fitting that other entities are hell bent on preventing that from happening. And so here comes famed chipset maker Qualcomm out to show that it has the best processing chips in all the land— not Intel. Qualcomm took some time to highlight some of the major shortcomings found in the in the Intel-line of chips, with some impressive results. Running a series of tests against an unnamed Intel smartphone (presumably an Orange San Diego), Qualcomm highlighted how even older devices such as an unknown censored device (presumably a Sony Xperia Arc) which features older processors (yes— you read that right) can outperform current Intel-powered devices. While the battery of tests seem painfully subjective— you’ll find the Qualcomm-based device is able to do things like load the GPS and Navigation function or operate a game at a faster level than the Intel-based smartphone.
The overall point Qualcomm is trying to make is that it has set the standard of creating impressive processors for years now— and Intel certainly has some catching up to do. It will be curious to see how Intel responds to Qualcomm’s clever attack. We’re sure you’re all itching to see the tests in video, so be sure to jump past the break to see everything in full detail.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco this week, Intel announced they have completed their work to port Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to their low-power Atom chips codenamed Medfield. Intel’s vice president and general manager for mobile computing, Mike Bell, indicates that he and several other employees are running it on their smartphone devices. Read more
While Motorola may have unveiled the Droid RAZR M earlier today in the Big Apple, it may not be the last time we see an announcement for the new hardware. A new report suggests Google-owned Motorola will be bringing the Droid RAZR M to the UK with a new chipset and a fresh name. A spokesperson at today’s event explained that despite the changes, “the form factor will remain the same.”
Motorola has already confirmed that it will be launching an Intel-powered smartphone on September 18th in London with an edge-to-edge display, which lines up nicely with the company’s statement. It seems more than likely that this is the handset in question, though it looks like we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for an official announcement.
Earlier in the year, Motorola announced a partnership with Intel in which they would utilize their chips for select smartphones. We haven’t heard a peep until now. Motorola is sending out invites for an event in London on September 18th. As you can clearly see, the Intel logo is at the top of the invitation so I think it’s safe to say that we will finally see Motorola’s first phone featuring Intel’s Medfield chip. It will be interesting to see what Motorola and Intel have in store. So far the current crop of Intel-based smartphones are mid-level devices. Will Motorola show us a higher-end device and will it look like the leak we saw 6 months ago? Stay tuned.
Another day, another leaked device coming out of the blue— this time an intriguing slider phone by none other than Sprint and MOTO. According to sources, the QWERTY device you see above is supposedly a “test device”, but looks to come jam-packed with an assortment of features. In addition to the 5-row keyboard layout, you’ll notice the gorgeous, yet completely button-less display— which will allow users of the device to truly utilize the virtual buttons found in Ice Cream Sandwich on the display screen. Aside from the obvious in the photo, there are no additional details such as what’s in the guts of the phone— though there’s some speculation this device may be the first offshoot of that little Intel-MOTO collaboration we told you about earlier in the year.
While there’s not much to go off of at this point for this mysterious device— one can’t help but be excited at the idea of possibly having a Sprint-branded DROID slider phone. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we will look out for any additional details on the smartphone.
source: Android Central
Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, has caused quite a stir with its recent comments that Android SOC (System-on-chip) vendors like Samsung, Nvidia and Qualcomm haven’t done enough to optimize Android for multi-core processors. According to Intel tests have shown that in some cases, using the second core on a dual-core chip from another manufacturer (they wouldn’t say which one) actually results in decreased performance versus using a single core. They say the benefits of the second core aren’t being realized because the processor scheduler, which sends “jobs” to a specific processor to complete, hasn’t been optimized to work with the Android OS. Intel blames the SOC manufacturers and not Google for this, as it’s their prerogative to make sure their chips operate the way they are intended.
Now, let’s step back and take a look at all this. It’s no coincidence that Intel is about to start pushing its single-core “Medfield” chips onto the Android market in the coming months. It goes without saying that Intel needs to make a case for single-core processors in a world of dual-core and quad-core devices. If Intel can show that similar (or better) performance can be achieved by a single core, I don’t think anyone is going to complain. If Intel’s claims about more optimization being needed are true (which they may be, at least partly), hopefully having the 800-pound gorilla of the processor world calling out other manufacturers will see some real action on their parts to improve performance. Either way some competition in the processor space, whether it’s in the hardware design or the software that runs on it, is good for the Android ecosystem.
source: The Inquirer
Last month the Lava Xolo X900 (pictured above) debuted, which was the very first Intel-based smartphone. For now it’s only available in India. Next up is the Orange Santa Clara, which will debut in the UK and France sometime in quarter 2. Intel is showing both of these off at CTIA this week. They are both very similar devices and are running Android Gingerbread. The Orange has more UI enhancements including a very cool IM360 app that allows you to film at 360 degrees.
Both devices feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor with Hyper Threading 400MHz graphics clock, 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch (1024 x 600) display, 8MP rear camera, 1.3 front camera, 16GB of storage, NFC, and HSPA+ compatible. Intel’s design unit was running Ice Cream Sandwich so hopefully we will see updates soon. Hit the break for the hands ons.
Intel’s Medfield chipset promises to bring performance and improved power consumption to Ice Cream Sandwich-powered devices. Launch partner Lenovo is promising to release its 1.6GHz Atom Z2460-powered K800 smartphone in China in two months. Until then, we won’t really know if Medfield will live up to its potential, but Engadget managed to score some early benchmarks for a prototype K800 running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread.
Now we just have to see how well the battery holds up. Check out the full benchmarks after the break.
Intel has recently been talking a lot about its Medfield platform, the Atom Z2460 processor, and the Orange “Santa Clara”, a European phone that will feature the Intel chipset. Cascheys Blog has run some benchmark tests on the Santa Clara, and while the processor is only single-core, it bested several other devices.
I’m sure that Intel would readily agree with these results, as they’ve been talking nonstop about the greatness and improved power consumption of Medfield-powered devices. We do have to remember, though, that benchmarks aren’t everything, and ultimately the overall user experience is the most important thing.
source: Caschys Blog
via: Android Central