Last year at CES 2012, Intel first introduced their first Atom powered smartphones. Just one year later, Intel has 7 smartphone designs available in over 25 countries. Today they announced a new smartphone platform that introduces their mobile phones to emerging markets like Latin America, Africa, India, and Southeast Asia. The idea is that Intel has created a first time smartphone that is within reach for everyone.
The phone is running on a 1.2ghz Atom processor with hyperthreading, and it is optimized to run Android applications. The reference device also sports a 3.5″ display with an HSPA+ modem, full HD 1080P @30fps encoding and decoding, a camera capable of taking still images at 7fps and Graphics performance with SGX540 so that it will play games on the Android market without hiccup. Some more unique features include dual-SIM / dual-standby support, so that customers can choose the best sim for the location they are in, and take advantage of the best rates depending on where they are. The device also comes with a built-in FM radio so that users can listen to good old fashion radio without data connection fees. Finally the phone also comes with built in support for Intel’s wireless display technology.
All in all, this phone is looking to be a smartphone that is affordable enough for emerging markets without making any compromises. Now its up to OEM partners to get these phones out to the masses. So far Acer, Safaricom and Lava are all signed on board.
Intel also talked about their next gen tablet experiences running on the Bay Trail platform. This platform will offer twice the performance over the current generation of Atom powered tablets, while also offering better battery life. These Quad Core powered tablets will be powered by the new 22nm Atom architecture and will be available holiday time 2013, powering both Android and Windows 8 tablets.