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…)
We know ASUS is king of the low-priced tablet market, given the popularity of the Nexus 7, but it seems that they just can’t help themselves from going lower and lower. They recently launched the 7″ MeMo Pad in Europe for about $150, and now there is new talk of an Intel-powered “ultra-budget” tablet. (more…)
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?
Chrome for Android has been updated today, to make it compatible with Intel x86 devices. The most notable Intel device to hit the streets is the Motorola RAZR i, but it likely won’t be long before there are more than a handful of them. Intel is interested in becoming a major player in the mobile space, so don’t take this slow start as a sign of things to come.
There doesn’t appear to be any other new additions to the Chrome update.