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CES Notes: Intel’s Smartphone Announcement


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.


Intel signed up Motorola and Lenovo to use their chips in their phones this year, which could potentially be a huge deal for Intel. Motorola is one of the premier Android handset manufacturers for the U.S. market, while Lenovo has a strong presence in Asia.


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.

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Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading
Written on Friday, 13 January 2012 15:11 by Todd Traylor, Vice President, Global Trading

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