2012 is primed to be an interesting year in the smartphone world. Despite the rows upon rows of shiny new smartphones on display at CES, perhaps one of the biggest announcements occurred when Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the company's Atom chips would make their way into phones during the first half of 2012.
But competition will be stiff in 2012, especially from Apple with a potential iPhone redesign, as well as from Windows partners such as Nokia and HTC. Then there's the question of performance. Many Android apps are built for ARM processors, which handle graphics very efficiently, though Intel says that it's chips will be able to run graphic-intensive apps without any issue.