Do Intel’s Upcoming Android Phones Stand a Chance ?

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Intel, the world’s largest chip manufacturer, is all set to lock horns with ARM, the world’s largest manufacturer of power-efficient chips. In what many would call as an extremely fierce neck-to-neck battle, there is apparently going to be only one winner, and one would have to wait patiently to behold that. But the million-dollar question however is: Will this audacious venture by Intel, actually payoff?

Intel has code-named its chip for smartphones as Medfield. It will be based on Intel’s very own PC architecture. Intel claims that the chips that they are developing now will be highly power-efficient and is expected to deliver sublime performances on its future line of devices. Initially, Intel had been working with Nokia for the shipment of Nokia handsets that are powered by Intel’s chips. But since Nokia is striking a deal with ARM for some of its Windows 7-based handsets, Intel has to consider its options.

Consequently, Intel partnered with Google for the launching of its first mobile chip. It is important to note that both giant companies have announced a multi-year, multi-device partnership – a great strategy to survive and thrive in today’s tech industry, where competition is at its highest. Apparently, the first device to come accompanied with an Intel processor is a Motorola handset.

This comes as no surprise considering the fact that Google bought Motorola for $12 billion last year. Since it took over, Google has been striving really hard to improvise Motorola devices. The said Motorola handset, according to speculations, will be running Android 4.0 a.k.a. Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature a single core 1.6 GHz Intel Medfield processor. Motorola is also eager to integrate Intel’s Atom Z2460 1.6 GHz processor chip in the future. Does that ring a bell?

That being said, Intel definitely doesn’t want to endure a unified approach by affiliating only with Motorola. It would be striving to strike profitable deals with other leading smartphone manufacturers as well. For Intel to gain an upper-hand, it desperately needs to outwit ARM by developing more powerful and energy-efficient chips. Intel thereby, will have to work hard to develop top-notch chips – chips that will compel OEMs to shift from ARM to Intel.

Ironically, in the past, Intel has chronically failed in delivering chips that are equally powerful and energy-efficient. With ARM standing firm on its ground, some preeminent innovation will be duly required from Intel in order to shift the paradigm. Intel however is in talks with the leading manufacturers and is quite optimistic about integrating its chip into a number of mobile handsets worldwide.

To be realistic enough, one would have to actually wait to review the performance of an Intel-powered device before coming to any concrete conclusion. After all, there is no canny reason, why the world’s largest chip manufacturer that is Intel, will be underestimated, since we all know how diligent and supernatural our notebook processors are and this might well be the first step in expediting our smartphone performance as well.

About the author: Mark Lindstrom is a technology enthusiast that likes trying out the latest gadgets by using hp coupons, and other discounts through top selling merchants.

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