Intel Expands Smartphone Presence, Talks New Partnerships

At MWC in Barcelona, Intel has announced a slew of new partnerships that will expand their smartphone presence around the world. For starters, Orange plans on releasing an Intel phone in the U.K. and France, during summertime. In India, Lava has plans to release the XOLO X900 along with Lava in India, in the second quarter of 2012. ZTE also has plans to use Intel processors inside their smartphones.

Visa also took to the stage with Intel’s Paul Otellini to talk about their multi-year alliance with Intel to bring their Visa payWave contact-less payment system, which is an NFC based system, to Intel powered phones.

But before talking about their new partnerships, Intel talked about what makes their Android powered smartphones unique. For starters, they say that the CPUs inside of their smartphones isn’t just faster than other competing smartphone processors, but that they are also able to be truly power efficient. To that effect, the specifications for their reference smartphone includes 14 days of standby time. Other features include an 8MP camera that can snap up-to 10 photos in under a second, along with 1080P video recording with HDMI out.

Intel also talked about their plans for the future, which includes the Z2580, a processor with double the speed of their current Atom Z2460. Lastly,  the company also has plans for a chip designed for the value smartphone. Their goals is for this processor to be used in an Android phone that costs under $150, without a carrier subsidy. All in all, it seems that although Intel has been late to the smartphone chip game, they are planning on making up for lost time.

Please note, that in accordance to the FTC Guidelines and WOMMA Code of Ethics, I am disclosing that Intel Corporation has covered my travel, accommodations and costs related to our visit to MWC 2012.

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