Intel announced multi-year pacts with Motorola Mobility and Lenovo to develop smartphones and tablets. Speaking at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Intel Chief Executive Paul Otellini said that Lenovo would launch a smartphone for the Chinese market using Intel‘s newest chip in the second quarter of the year, while Motorola will release its phone in the second half. The Medfield chip is a single-core, 32nm processor, clocked at 1.6GHz and supporting hyper-threading. It’s claimed to be particularly low-power: Intel says that a prototype unit could manage eight hours of 3G voice calls, six hours of 1080p video decoding or five hours of 3G internet browsing.
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Lenovo‘s offering, the K800, will run on China Unicom’s 21Mbs network and uses the Lenovo LeOS user interface. It has a 4.5-inch screen with up to 1280 by 1024 resolution – 720p for video and features support for HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 platform. The company is hoping its new Medfield chip conserves enough power to compete with rival smartphones using ARM Holdings’ more energy-efficient architecture. The world’s largest chip maker is also making a concerted push for the likes of Hewlett Packard to go big on super-slim, Apple Macbook Air-like laptops called Ultrabooks, which it hopes will preserve its dominance of the PC market as tablets like the iPad draw consumers away.