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Intel to Show Off Dual-Core Atom Z2420 Processors at This Year’s MWC

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Watch out, folks, Intel is bringing their A game to MWC in Barcelona later this month. According to a press release, we can look forward to the Intel showing off their new dual-core Atom Z2420 processors for smartphones running Android. As far as specs on the chips, there is not much to speculate on yet. Intel previously launched the RAZR i with Motorola, but we haven’t heard much about that device since its initial launch.

Can we expect Intel to be able to compete with Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung going into 2013?

Via: Pocket Now | Intel

  • The naivete here is pretty rich. Intel is going to do to the mobile market what they did with server market a few years back, where they went from being a minor player to having 94% of the market.

  • mustbepbs

    I see Intel Atom and I immediately cringe. I feel like Intel should have created a different name from their crappy netbook processors.

    • MicroNix

      Does it require a fan to cool it? Maybe that’s the reason for the huge bezel. “Be careful how you hold it, you might block the vents”

      • michael arazan

        The Falcon Northwest has liquid cooling, I could see phones having the same type of design, like using the gas that is in air conditioners that always stay cold but you’d need some type of copper micro-tubing

  • knightsbore

    Dual core… thats cute

    • JoshGroff

      The S4 (original dual core) outspeeds the Tegra 3, don’t underestimate a chip based solely on the number of cores.

    • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

      Be prepared to have your socks blown right back on.

      • Droidzilla

        I heard that about the last Intel mobile offering. I’ll wait to see the actual device performance before I believe any corporate hype.

        • Josh Fisher

          The Lenovo K900 with it’s Intel clover trail processor blew away the competition at CES this year with a benchmark score of 27,000. the Qualcomm Quad Core S4 pro chip (Which powers the nexus 4 and other phones) only benchmarks at around 17,000. I wouldn’t count Intel out of the Mobile market yet considering they bought Nvidia as well.

          • Droidzilla

            I couldn’t care less about benchmarks; I’m talking actual device performance.

          • Jack Hoffman

            Yeah but what “actual performance” scenarios are you using that benefit from a quad-core vs. an efficient dual-core?

          • Droidzilla

            I don’t care about the number of cores. If Intel makes a smartphone that’s smooth and multitasks well with competitive gaming with a single core, I’m game. From what I saw of their last device, it seems that it benchmarked well but lagged a bit in actual usage.

          • knightsbore

            Running background threads, having a core dedicated to battery savings like the Tegra’s do. Android can also be optimized to utilize multiple cores (which it has been). The argument why do you need more was used alot when talking of only needing 56k modems or 128mb of ram. The more you have available the faster you can do things, the more you can store, the more complex and cpu intensive activities you can run.

          • knightsbore

            Thats a poorly researched article as the nexus 4 ranks around 24,000 according to antutu’s rankings. http://antutulabs.com/Ranking Also nvidia is not owned by intel, nor do either company have any concrete plans to merge or reason to. That was a wild rumor circulated in early december that was supported by here say and has no credible source. This is also based only on one benchmark which a company can easily optimize for. Im not saying it wont be fast, Im saying dont rely on one benchmark reported by one website that even fuzzed on the reporting.

  • Butters619

    That’s a whole lotta bezel.

    • Dave

      Looks like a Galaxy Note 2 body with a 3.7″ screen in it. LoL

  • Jon

    I hope these are the vaunted 14nm process chips they were hinting at 2 years ago

  • Kevin

    Dual-core is sooo 2011…

    • JoshGroff

      S4 original vs Tegra 3, a dual core chip outclassing a quad, just one example. The number of cores isn’t everything.If both chips used the exact same chip tech, than the quad core by all means would win, but there are other factors that need to be taken into account.

      • knightsbore

        Outclassed in what respect? the tegra 3 consistently won on benchmarks designed for multithreading, the only ones the S4 won on was the single threaded tests because it has individually faster cores. The S4 was a traditional CPU while the tegra was designed similar to video cards and threw many smaller cores at a problem rather than relying on 1 or 2 which it did 9 times out of 10 faster than the S4. Show me a set of benchmarks where the tegra didn’t win overall because I have yet to see one.