Over in Barcelona at MWC, companies are staying mighty busy this week. Intel, staying relevant in the mobile processor game, detailed the upcoming quad-core 64-bit Atom Moorefield line of chips, made specifically to power Android devices. According to Intel, the Moorefield line should launch in the second half of 2014, and OEM partners include Lenovo and ASUS. (more…)
It looks like the cable TV market was harder to crack than Intel thought: Verizon finalized the acquisition today of Intel Media, the chipmaker’s research group dedicated to the development of internet-based “Cloud TV”. In a press release, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said the company intends to use the division’s intellectual property, products, and employees to improve its FiOS TV service. (more…)
During an earnings call with investors, Intel’s CEO gave word that consumers should be on the lookout for new Android tablets hitting the market, powered by the new Bay Trail 64-bit processor. The CEO mentioned that the tablets should be around in the spring time, so we could be seeing a few goodies shown off during MWC this year.
If you will recall at last year’s MWC, Intel announced its dual-core Atom line of chips, which was used in one of ASUS’ Fonepad devices. Up until now, the 32-bit counterparts of this chip have been pretty limited to just Windows tablets, but it appears that Intel changed up its focus to other operating systems sometime during development of the silicon. (more…)
Hasn’t everyone wished, at one time or another, for a straightforward way to use Android apps on Windows PCs? I personally haven’t, but Intel apparently thinks the idea is a popular one, because it intends to highlight at CES computers capable of running Android applications alongside Windows programs. Dubbed “Dual OS” or “PC Plus,” the idea is to use the Android app ecosystem to augment the languishing Windows 8 app store. (more…)
Today at the Intel Developer Forum, Google introduced a few new Chromebooks and a Chromebox that were made in partnership with ASUS and Toshiba, powered by Intel’s Haswell processor. The Haswell processor is known for its ability to bring more power, while also consuming less battery, which is good news for Chromebook users that can’t get through a full day of usage on their laptops. (more…)
This morning, Chinese device manufacturer ZTE announced its newest smartphone, the GEEK. It is the first ZTE device powered by Intel’s shiny new 32nm Atom processor, known as the Z2580. It has a few decent specs, such as its 5″ 720p display, a 2,300mAh battery, Android 4.2 “Jelly Bean,” 8GB eMMC+1GBRAM, and an 8MP back shooter. (more…)
There were rumors before MWC that the mobile processor market would be getting a little more competitive with the entrance of Intel’s dual-core Atom Z2420 processors. If the spec sheet on the Fonepad announced by ASUS this morning wasn’t good enough, Intel made things official. The Atom features a 32nm structure and can be found at speeds up to 2.0GHz, which isn’t bad for a dual-core chip. (more…)
After announcing the new Padfone Infinity, Asus had one more trick up their sleeves before calling it a day at Mobile World Congress. They unveiled the Fonepad (yes, that’s like the opposite of Padfone), a 7″ tablet with full voice and data capabilities. There are no docking tricks here, this is strictly a tablet, but one that can make calls and crush data on the go over HSPA+ networks.
Inside, you’ll find a Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1, a 1280×800 HD display, HSPA+ radios, 8/16GB storage options, microSD cart slot, 1.2MP front camera, and a 3MP rear camera. Asus also tossed in some exclusive apps Floating App, SuperNote lite, and WebStorage Office Online.
The tablet is ultimately being sold as a device for viewing and consuming content on a larger screen, but that still has the ability to do the basics, like make phone calls.
Availability starts in March. The 8GB model will run €219. (more…)