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Saturday 25 November 2017

Intel announces first smartphones with Lenovo and Motorola

President and CEO of Intel Paul Otellini delivers the keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show. Photo: Getty Images
President and CEO of Intel Paul Otellini delivers the keynote address at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show. Photo: Getty Images

Matt Warman

THE-LONG awaited confirmation of Intel’s first mobile phones came at CES, as Lenovo and Motorola confirmed they were working with the chipmaker.

Lenovo’s K800 will launch in China in the second quarter of this year, while Motorola will gain regulatory approval in the summer and launch in the following months across Europe and America.The announcements mark Intel’s first tangible bid to challenge the smartphone dominance of British company Arm, whose chips power many of the world’s most popular phones. The rapidly expanding mobile market will, Intel hopes, complement its new laptops and other devices.

Paul Ottelini, the company’s chief executive, said the relationship with Lenovo was “just the beginning”, as he also announced “Intel reference designs” for phones and tablets. These emphasise improved battery life, while also keeping standard features such as a camera of up to 16MP and rapid web browsing and graphics capabilities. One Intel spokesman described the Android products as “fully buzzword compliant”. Existing software will not need to be rewritten for the new devices, which the company also demonstrated taking 10 pictures in less than a second. It hopes manufacturers will use them to build new devices of their own.

Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha said that the multi-year deal would see “the best of Intel products’ in Motorola handsets and tablets.

Mr Ottelini also showcased the new Dell XPS 13 laptop, one of many new sim and light “ultrabooks” to launch at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES). He also offered further demonstrations of “concept” ultrabooks using a touchscreen interface or which can transform easily from tablets to laptops. He said this offered the best of both form-factors and was made possible by Intel’s new chips. “It’s about the device adapting to us not the other way round”, he claimed.

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