The CES 2012 in Las Vegas saw Intel kickstart its first real entry into the smartphone market by unveiling the Intel-powered smartphone that features an Atom processor.
According to a Tech Radar report, the chip-manufacturer proudly announced the Lenovo K800 Android smartphone that's powered by the Intel Atom Z2460 Medfield platform on Tuesday. The announcement made during Intel CEO Paul Otellini's keynote address also revealed that the K800 will be shipped to China Unicom by the second quarter of this year, before hitting the overseas market.
The Verge reportedly got its hands on the 4.5-inch smartphone and dished out some details on the intriguing device.
First off, the K800 is said to run on 1.6GHz processor and is equipped with near-field communication (NFC). The 10mm thick device also features a smart 720p TFT display and sports an 8-megapixel camera that supports dual-LED flash. Other reports indicate that the K800 has Intel's Wi-Di technology to wirelessly connect the handset to external displays. Other specs include a WCDMA HSPA+ 21Mbps wireless radio, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 along with GPS.
Lenovo is among the two companies that Intel has entered a partnership with, the other being Motorola. Not much was elaborated, however, on Motorola's upcoming line-up of Intel-based devices, which are expected for release this 2012.
This isn't the first time that Intel has tried to venture into the smartphone market. The company had previously tied up with LG to develop Atom-based smartphones, but the device was never commercialized.
Intel also added at the trade show that several handsets running on the Atom processor are expected to debut in the same year as well.
The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones, Otellini told his CES keynote audience. Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which to build in 2012 and into the future, added the CEO, as per the report.