Jan 10 AT 1:11 PM Anthony Domanico 24 Comments

Intel introduces new smartphone reference design, looks less like an iPhone

Intel-reference-design Image via: Forbes

The gates have been lifted and CES2012 is finally underway in Las Vegas. Tens of thousands of press and tech enthusiasts have taken to the show floor to see what companies have to show off this year.

Those who’ve stopped by Intel’s booth were treated to a new smartphone reference design that was much improved over their previous design, which looked remarkably similar to an iPhone. The device at Intel’s booth is running on their Atom Z2460 processor, a single-core chipset clocked at 1.6GHz. Intel’s reference design is running a stock version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread and also features an Intel Graphics Media Accelerator, 4-inch display, NFC capability, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

The reference design is not marketed directly to consumers; rather, it serves as a reference model for handset makers such as Motorola, HTC and Samsung to use to develop their own smartphones based on Intel’s processors instead of the usual ARM suspects. Intel is attempting to make its way into the smartphone market and aims to convince a few of the big players to develop devices with Intel’s innards.

Intel-phone-specs Intel-reference-design

We’ll stop by the booth a bit later and ask if they’ll let us run a few benchmarks to see how their concept phone compares to the current crop of devices. Previous tests indicate that Intel could give even Tegra 3 a run for its money. Meanwhile, let us know what you think about the reference design phone and/or about Intel’s move into Android.

Source: Forbes

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  • ddpacino

    Not without ICS tho…

    • http://www.anthonydomanico.com Anthony Domanico

      Products based on this concept design will be running ICS.

  • oddball

    If Intel loaded ICS onto the demo model they wouldn’t have a way to compare, We are a long way from seeing ICS on consumer level phones.

    • CEG

      What are you talking about, I have ICS on my Captivate right now. and runs pretty good. I’m just waiting on it now for my GS II, and I don’t think it will be much longer for that.

      • userx

        rooted roms dont count. you wont see ICS on your Captivate , for reals, ever. thank developers for the fact you even know what it looks like in real life.

        The Nexus is a ‘high end consumer’ phone, for those that waste large sums of money on mediocre technology. Im not gonna pay almost 2x for a PC with a new version of Windows / OSX on it, without any hardware improvements. and thats what the nexus is. same device, different shape, newer OS bigger price tag.

        if we had a benchmark for all devices, with a legit build of ICS on it, then we’d have something to compare against. but we dont, we have 1 device that runs a legit build, god knows how many others running Frankenstein builds that will eventually flip out and try to attack the village.

        So in my eyes, I want to know how it stacks, to other devices running Gingerbread. Which is our current industry standard. When ICS holds 50% of market of Android devices, then we can bench again. <3

        • AmericanJedi001

          LOL, “…Frankenstein builds that will eventually flip out and try to attack the village.”

          Nice one!

    • NotRelevent

      The nexus is a “consumer” phone. So WRONG.

      • oddball

        No the nexus is a Google device. Much as I would love to see an official build of ICS on a Non- Google phone we are still way off from it. After all how long was it before most of us saw gingerbread on our phones? In a perfect world we would all have the latest OS version our phone can handle direct from Google and the manufacturers overlay would be a launcher and widget set only.

  • spazby

    So much great stuff being introduced and talked about…

  • elijahblake

    let’s see some benchmarks!!!

    • David

      And videos!!! :-)

  • Nathan D.

    I rather see dual core before I go get a device from there processor inside

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      It doesn’t have to be dualcore to compete with the other chips. If Medfield’s single core chip can bring the same amount of performance as Nvidia’s Tegra, ARM or Qualcomm, then it doesn’t have to be dualcore. X86 chips are more powerful than Tegra or ARM, that are designed for mobile use. At this point, Intel’s problem is with battery consumption.

      • kazetsukai

        ACTUALLY, even Tegra 2 edges out current Atoms in performance at this point, WHILE consuming much less power. Tegra 3 is said to have 50% additional power savings with twice the power of Tegra 2.

        Intel has tried to play the mobile game since forever, and they’ve failed since forever. As an OEM, there’s really no reason to pick x86 over ARM for Android. None.

  • vid500

    Time that also intel gets in the mobile game, it would be a waste if they would miss the opertunity. Like to see the benchmarks.

  • MyMilan

    There’s no reason Intel shouldn’t be in the smartphone business. There’s no reason they shouldn’t have used ICS either…. Hope to see some Intel innards on new phones soon.

  • http://theinternet-allofit.blogspot.com Jorge Branco

    I can’t help but doubt the battery life from intel. Especially with only a single core processor. I guess old ways die hard

  • scores87

    Is it difficult to port from arm to x86? maybe that is why it is running gingerbread

    • NotRelevent

      ICS already runs on Intel chips. Always has.

      • scores87

        really? could you send me a link?

  • lokidokie

    Looks less… good. I really don’t get these boxy design with harsh corners. All comes down to personal opinion I guess, but I don’t like it

  • Chaoz

    Now if we would get a tablet with quad atom CPU that can dualboot ics and win8 I would for Sure get one. Ofcourse if it hadde more than 1 hour battery time

  • WlfHart

    It would be interesting if Intel came in and began to take over the mobile processor market like they’ve dominated the PC processor market…

    • kazetsukai

      It would be much more interesting if ARM came in and began to take over the PC processor market like they’ve dominated the mobile processor market.