CES 2013: Intel's press conference live blog

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  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:03:13 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:03:26 PM
    Bell says last year brought the first Intel-based smartphones, that includes models from Lenovo, ZTE, Motorola, Megafon, Lava and Orange. These are now in 25 countries.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:03:34 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:04:18 PM
    Bell says the company worked closely with Google to get Android working well on them too. Now onto how this works against the competition.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:04:36 PM
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:04:40 PM

    Mike Bell, VP for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, throws up a benchmark of the Droid Razr i, which uses the Atom chip on the Google Octane benchmark, where it's above the iPhone 5, HTC One X, others.

  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:04:59 PM
    Bell throws up a benchmark of the Droid Razr i, which uses the Atom chip on the Google Octane benchmark, where it's above the iPhone 5, HTC One X, others.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:05:00 PM
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  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:05:37 PM
    Slide featuring Anandtech quote re: performance. Anand is doing some really great, deep writing about Intel's mobile chip ambitions. Required reading.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:05:39 PM
    Another benchmark, on battery life showing that the Razr i has 8 hrs 41mins vs. the Razr M's 7 hrs 22 mins using a chip from Qualcomm.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:05:48 PM
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  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:06:30 PM
    So today: value smartphone for emerging markets, the Atom Z2420 w/XMM 6265 (codenamed "Lexington") chip. These are chips for places like Africa, China, Latin America, and Southeast Asia.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:06:42 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:06:59 PM
    Speeds of up to 1.2Ghz with hyperthreading, can run Android apps "very fast," Bell says.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:07:10 PM
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:07:30 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:07:37 PM
    Bell's holding up a reference design similar to the one the company did at last year's CES using a bunch of standard bits the company expects others to use as part of the platform.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:07:47 PM
    Emerging market focus suggests that Intel is going for low-cost, high volume sales. Also hoping to catch a foothold in places that have not yet been claimed by other mobile chip vendors.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:07:50 PM

    Mike Bell, VP for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group, unveils a value smartphone platform for emerging markets: the Atom Z2420 (codenamed Lexington) chip. This is a chip for places like Africa, China, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. The emerging-market focus suggests Intel is going for low-cost, high volume sales, and that it's also hoping to gain a foothold in places that have not yet been claimed by other mobile-chip vendors.

  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:08:10 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:08:44 PM
    On board you get HD video encoding and decoding (1080p 30fps), 1.3 MP + 5M cameras w/7 frame burst mode, and SGX540 graphics, which Bell say are quite speedy. He does a quick demo of the burst mode too.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:08:49 PM
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  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:09:06 PM
    These are admirable specs for a smartphone chip, though. HD video, respectable camera and graphics processing.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:09:13 PM
    Other parts of the platform: dual-sim, dual standby, FM radio, MicroSD card slot, and a wireless display mode to push stuff to TVs and monitors.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:09:36 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:09:53 PM
    Bell says the video mode is useful for pushing videos you've taken on your phone to something like a ginormous plasma in your living room.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:10:10 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:10:22 PM
    First up with these devices will be Acer, Safaricom, and Lava. The actual products from these companies are coming later this quarter, Bell says.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:10:27 PM
    Man, wireless display. Sounds so great on paper...
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:10:53 PM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:10:57 PM
    Safaricom is based in Africa, Lava from India.
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:11:11 PM
    Now we're getting a peek at the smartphone chip roadmap which has two tracks -- one for "performance" devices, and another for the "value" market, like the one Bell was just talking about. Both eventually moving to 22 nanometer.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:11:29 PM
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:11:30 PM
    Now on to tablets.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:11:36 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:12:00 PM
    On to tablets now. Bell going over the Atom platform and how it's in use by 10 different OEMs for getting Atom-powered devices running Windows 8.
  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:12:15 PM

    Mike Bell going over the Atom platform for tablets and how it's in use by 10 different OEMs to produce Atom-powered devices running Windows 8.

  • josh.miller 1/7/2013 9:12:34 PM
  • Josh Lowensohn 1/7/2013 9:12:57 PM
    Bell's talking up the company's Z2760 processor, which goes up to 1.8Ghz, has two cores, and gets 10+ hours of battery life. News about this chip is already out, Bell notes.
  • Rich Brown 1/7/2013 9:13:14 PM
    Big quote dinging Windows RT on there. Makes sense for Intel, of course.
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