CES 2012: Intel Talks More About Ultrabooks and Smartphones

Submitted by lalit on January 12, 2012 - 1:28pm.

For more than 5 years Intel has been showing smartphone prototypes based on x86 chips at CES, but nothing concrete has came out of those prototypes. However, this year things do look different, as Intel not only showed fully working smartphone prototype, but also announced partnerships with Motorola and Lenovo for manufacturing smartphones based on Intel chip.

“The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. “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.”

Intel’s CEO highlighted the new Atom Z2460 processor platform (codenamed Medfield), and showed fully functioning smartphone featuring a 4.03-inch high-resolution LCD touch screen, and two cameras delivering advanced imaging capabilities, including burst mode that allows individuals to capture 15 pictures in less than a second with 8-megapixel quality.

Otellini said that the Atom Z2460 platform will support Android, Linux, Windows and upcoming Windows 8 for tablet. He also announced partnerships with Motorola and Lenovo for making smartphones based on the new platform. Motorola and Intel have entered a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship, while Lenovo has already debuted K800 smartphone based on Intel Atom and plans to ship more handsets in future. Intel said that several smartphones based on the new Atom processor are expected to come to market in 2012.

In other Intel news, the company has been all about Ultrabooks since the MacBook Air became a hit in 2010 and this year’s CES was no different. Intel announced that a total of more than 75 new ultrabooks will ship this year with Dell announcing their first ultrabook XPS 13 on stage.

According to Intel, the company’s engineers will further accelerate Ultrabook innovation in 2012 with 3rd generation Intel Core processors, codenamed “Ivy Bridge,” with the help of Intel’s revolutionary 22nm 3-D Tri-gate transistors. Intel showed new Ultrabook concept designs powered by Ivy Bridge processor during the keynote speech by Otellini.

Overall, Intel this year at CES was all about smartphones, tablets and ultrabooks, indicating where they think the future of computing is heading. Check out the Intel keynote highlights, Intel’s smartphone design and Ultrabooks computing experiences in the videos below.