Tests on first mobiles powered by Intel chips ‘fastest ever’
Published 16/01/2012 | 12:10
TESTS on the first mobiles powered by Intel chips have given them higher marks than any other phone examined, including the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S2.
Intel announced its first mobile phone deals at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, revealing that Lenovo would be the first company to sell a device, launching the K800 in China, and that Motorola had signed a multi-ear deal that will see it sell phones in the second half of this year.
The tests on the new "Medfield" Atom Z2460 chip indicate that Intel’s own claims for its technology are largely accurate. The company also says that battery life remains good, despite the increased performance, because the chips only have one ‘core’, while some rival devices use twin or even quadcore processors.
Dave Whalen, vice-president of Intel’s architecture group, said that “We don’t frankly see the need for dual core. Our single core with hyperthreading allows simultaneous applications – so we get much greater power efficiency. We believe we are at par if not better than our competitors.”
Intel has made a number of previous attempts to enter the burgeoning smartphone market, previously announcing a phone with LG that was subsequently cancelled. Last week, however, it underlined its commitment to the new form factor by saying that it had held discussions with Apple about using Intel chips for the iPhone, and that it expected to make Windows Phone devices as well.
Anandtech concluded that the platform " appears to deliver better CPU performance than anything on the market, despite only having a single core. GPU (graphics processing unit) performance is still not as fast as what's in the A5 but it's competitive with much of the competition today, and I fully expect the dual-core version of Medfield to rectify this problem."
Both Apple and Texas Instruments, however, have new faster processors coming with new devices, although Intel is also expected to upgrade its processors’ performance when it launches a new processor codenamed “Clover Trail”.