US chip titan Intel on January 10 announced it will move into the booming smartphone market with a China debut of a handset made by Chinese computer powerhouse Lenovo.
“The best of Intel computing is now coming to smartphones,” California-based Intel’s chief executive Paul Otellini said during a presentation at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
“It is coming first to China, the largest market for smartphones in the world.”
Lenovo senior vice president Liu Jun joined Otellini on stage to introduce the K800 smartphone, powered by an Intel processor and Google’s Android software.
The smartphone features a rich 4.5-inch multi-touch screen and can stream video wirelessly to Lenovo televisions. It will run on the China Unicom network when they are released in the second quarter of the year. The phone’s price has yet to be finalised, but could fall in the $600 to $700 range, according to Lenovo. Intel has created a “reference device” to show off the prowess of its smartphone chip technology to other hardware makers. The company has been under pressure to field small, powerful chips for mobile devices as consumer lifestyles and preferences shift from desktop or laptop computers to smartphones and tablets. Source:
Published in The Express Tribune, January 14th, 2012.