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Here is what an Intel smartphone reference design looks like

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Here is what an Intel smartphone reference design looks like
What you see pictured below, folks, is a smartphone that has an Intel chip ticking inside it – the Atom 2460, to be precise. It runs Android and can be currently seen at Intel's booth at CES. But there is something very special about the device, namely that it is not intended to end up on the retail market. Instead the smartphone serves the purpose of a reference platform, based on which other smartphone manufacturers are free to design their Intel-based handsets.

What this means is that the smartphone that Intel is currently showing off will serve as a yardstick, to which other handsets with Intel hardware inside it should be compared to. And if they are to be considered decent, they should deliver a user experience equivalent to or better than that of this reference device. 

In case you are wondering what the reference smartphone is offering in terms of features, it has a 4-inch “high resolution” touchscreen on its front and an 8-megapixel camera on its back. There is a front-facing camera as well. Other goodies that are included are a 21Mbps HSPA+ radio, NFC chip, and HDMI output. Under the hood, the Intel Atom Z2460 processor runs at 1.6GHz and the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator handles all the eye-candy. Last but not least, its battery can provide up to 8 hours of 3G talk time and will last for 14 days in stand-by mode.

So, that is pretty much what we should expect out of the future Intel-based smartphones. Is anyone excited about their arrival? Feel free to share your thoughts with us in the comments.

source: Forbes

Intel's Android smartphone reference design
Intel's Android smartphone reference design

Intel's Android smartphone reference design


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posted on 10 Jan 2012, 10:44

1. drahmad (Posts: 478; Member since: 20 Aug 2011)


hey intel...please, there is no more room.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 10:45

2. bloodline (Posts: 691; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


yep looking forward to comparisons with ARM

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 10:46

3. dhruba (Posts: 27; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Well, all the other processors will have something similar till they come out. I think the price will differentiate

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 10:53 1

4. danwatson (Posts: 102; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)


What's interesting is there are so many phones out there (LG mostly) that look just like this reference phone. What does that say? Manufactures need to spend more time styling and working on build quality. Too many androids look like reference phones. I'd love to see them transfer the software department personal to this task and stop wasting time and money on UI's that no one wants anymore.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 10:55 1

5. knights4life03 (Posts: 125; Member since: 09 Jun 2011)


An intel dual core for a phone sounds challenging.... but the actual phone looks clean

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 11:07

6. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I'm interested to see how it runs and sells. I was hoping to see a finished product by a large manufacturer like Samsung or LG so I'm a little disappointed.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 11:11 3

7. MotorolaandSamsungFTW (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)


awesome hope motorola and samsung will be corporating with intel's atom proccessors!

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 11:21

8. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


The biggest problem with the intel platform is the x86 chip in there. Many applications do have native code and every single one of those applications would have to recompiled and ported to the intel chip. Absolute nightmare for the devs and think about consumers that don't know anything about this. Some apps would work just fine but all of a sudden many apps they were familiar with are now missing from the marketplace.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 11:22

9. vijaysivakula (Posts: 163; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


8 hours of 3G talk time? Wow. Point me to it.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:19 1

10. Adianshadows (Posts: 66; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


The Razr is rated for 12 hrs worth of talk time... 8 hrs is really nothing now-a-days.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:31 1

11. vijaysivakula (Posts: 163; Member since: 17 Aug 2011)


I am sorry. I have a phone. Little old but still works quite ok. It is called Samsung Galaxy S2. It has a rated talktime of up to 18 h 20 min (2G) and up to 8 h 40 min (3G). Now, i know this is an old mobile and there have been many technology advances. But i honestly believe that no matter what is quoted you should expect maybe just one third or half of what is claimed.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 20:20

13. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Shut up.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 03:55

14. harsh_732006 (Posts: 65; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)


f off

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 15:58 1

12. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 854; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


Intel has nothing special, and its a single core I bet because I hear their dual cores burn too much juice, and they haven't solved the drain issue of dual cores yet.

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