SAN FRANCISCO--Intel Corp. has announced the release of another Atom-powered smartphone, this time by Chinese electronics vendorLenovo Group, which announced its intent to put out an Intel Inside device at CES 2012 back in January.
The device, dubbed the LePhone K800, is now available for Chinese consumption for around RMB 3,299 ($524).
Intel said the phone was targeted towards “technological pioneers and business elites.”
Built almost exactly to the spec of Intel’s reference design, the LePhone boasts a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, built on a 32-nm process.
The device also sports a 4.5-inch IPS full-view screen and 400MHz GPU for full 1080p HD playback and video recording. Lenovo has also equipped the phone with an 8-megapixel rear-camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera.
Running Android 2.3.7, LePhone comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM and supports HSPA+ 21Mbs network on the Intel XMM 6260 platform.
Intel said the phone is also unique in terms of its wireless display technology, which lets users beam content from their mobile to their TV or laptop.
You can check out similar phones based on Intel’s reference design in the following video:
Of course any company d like to lock you up, if they are able to, such as Intel or Apple.
At the same time, I totally like the whole ARM eco-system.
The bottom line is: It is good to see one more competitor on the market.
This is another perfect example how Intel is somewhat twisting the arms of a key customer to waste money on one of the biggest joke (smartphome). RMB3399 is the price of a high-end smartphone, yet this phone offers the almost antique Android 2.3.7, and 1-core CPU. State-of-the-art smartphones are offering Android 4.0+, 1.5GHz dual-core. I have no doubt that this MP benefits Intel the most (debugging the process and the design), but why Intel keep pushing crap to the innocent consumers!
Intel should simply buy ARM. I cannot see how Intel will change the ARM trajectory. The problem is not just the technology, but the model. ARM makes business sense to many makers, Intel locks you up. That is the difference.
Battery life on the reference phone, according to Intel, is expected to be up to 8 hours for a standard 3G voice call with standby power lasting up to 14 days.
I am very interested in understanding how long a charge will last. In addition, more information on the beaming from mobile to TV would be nice. Competition is good. Intel fabrication technology vs ARM architecture, who's the winner?
So how big is the battery, and how long does it last? Performance alone will not be enough if battery life is not acceptable. Is the battery in this device is user replaceable?
I would think that Intel would be sensitive to the power issue in designing a reference platform.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.