We were expecting to see some big things out of Intel this CES, namely a reference tablet and possible production model smartphone, but we were not expecting this. Intel and Motorola have just announced a multi-year strategic mobile partnership that has Motorola slated to deliver Atom powered devices as soon as summer 2012.
Hot on the heels of an interview with All Things D, where Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said his company was going to focus on releasing less devices in 2012, Motorola has announced that for the next several years, they will be deeply involved in a partnership with Intel.
Calling the partnership “long-term,” the press release detailing the announcement says Motorola will work very closely with Intel in both hardware and software to produce Atom powered smartphones and tablets. If everything goes smoothly, Motorola’s first Atom devices could ship as soon as early in the second half of the year.
It may be a little early to make predictions, but I can see it now. An Intel Atom powered Motorola Nexus (I’m going to go with Nexus X or Nexus Black, because they just sound cool) is a serious possibility. Of course so is a Sony, LG, HTC or Samsung one for that matter. But with Motorola being so closely aligned with Google now, it’s a bit easier to imagine the next Nexus with a big “M” on the back.
We’ll be keeping a close watch on any information that comes out on Motorola’s Intel devices. This year just got a lot more interesting.Show Press Release
Motorola Mobility to Begin Shipping Intel®-Based Smartphone in 2H 2012
LAS VEGAS — Jan 10, 2012 — INTERNATIONAL CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW — Intel Corporation and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) announced that the two companies were entering into a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship that includes smartphones which Motorola will begin shipping later this year using Intel® Atomâ„¢ processors and the Androidâ„¢ platform.
The collaboration, which also covers tablets, will combine Intel’s leadership in silicon processor technology and computing innovation with Motorola’s mobile device design expertise to deliver products that have the high performance, long battery life and convenience necessary for increasingly mobile lifestyles.
“When great silicon and software technology meets great mobile and design innovation, amazing things can happen,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel® architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people’s lives wherever they may be.”
“We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel’s Atom processor to consumers and businesses,” said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “Though there are 5 billion mobile subscribers in the world, less than 800 million are using a smartphone today. With Android as the leading smartphone OS globally and advancements in computing technology we see tremendous opportunity for the converged devices market.”
Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming an indispensible part of people’s daily lives – making them constant companions. The strategic relationship between Intel and Motorola Mobility will expand opportunity for continued innovation in these areas as they work closely to leverage Intel’s low power system-on-chip (SoC) roadmap for Motorola Mobility’s converged mobile device portfolio. The companies will collaborate across hardware, software and services to deliver complete solutions and disruptive new user experiences that offer long battery life, increased computing performance, advanced imaging and video capabilities, and seamless wireless connections.
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.