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Intel Reveals Its First Medfield Phone, the Lenovo K800

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Intel is promising amazing things with its Medfield platform and a partnership with Motorola.

We've been quite patient in waiting for the first of Intel's smartphones to come to fruition, and it seems all the waiting has finally paid off. Today during its CES 2012 keynote, Intel announced the first Medfield-based smartphone in the form of the Lenovo K800. Featuring the low-power Intel Atom Z2460 with Hyper-Threading Technology and support for HSPA+, the K800 packs a 4.5-inch 720p display and Android 4.0.

On top of Ice Cream Sandwich, the device will also have the Lenovo LeOS user interface for a localized experience in China when it launches in the second quarter. Additional details are thin on the ground, but we're hoping to hear more about the specs for the K800 soon.

Unfortunately, the K800's Q2 2012 launch is only for China's Unicom, and there's no indication as to when (or even if) the phone will make it over to the USA. Luckily, Intel's Paul Otellini also took the opportunity during the keynote to announce a partnership with Motorola that will see the two companies team up for multiple smartphones and tablets.

Described as a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship, Intel and Motorola said today that the agreement will include smartphones that Motorola will begin to ship in the second half of this year using Intel's Atom CPUs and the Android platform.

"When great silicon and software technology meets great mobile and design innovation, amazing things can happen," said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini. "Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people's lives wherever they may be."

With any luck, we'll see some Medfield-based Android phones launch in the U.S. before long.

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    spookie , January 12, 2012 10:35 AM
    i would love seeing it in action, especially next to a tegra 3 device
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    ojas , January 12, 2012 11:18 AM
    Should also be interesting to see Wintel at work in the smartphone segment in the coming months...
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    nebun , January 12, 2012 11:20 AM
    tegra 3 where are you....we need more devices with this chip :) 
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    cknobman , January 12, 2012 12:17 PM
    Pics or it didnt happen ;) 
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    geekapproved , January 12, 2012 12:45 PM
    Atom = Fail
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    JasonAkkerman , January 12, 2012 1:22 PM
    nebuntegra 3 where are you....we need more devices with this chip

    It's sitting on my desk. Hmmm... glow ball...
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    yanjustin98 , January 12, 2012 2:37 PM
    Nice a dedicated processor developing company is moving into phones. Technology efficiency seems to be getting better and better. Have to say that I'm excited about this new release.
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    willard , January 12, 2012 3:17 PM
    Damnit, I want benchmarks! Let's see how Intel stacks up against ARM.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 3:22 PM
    You may have seen this and it's obviously first comparisons, but this is the data available so far. Looks very promising. At any rate, the question is not whether or not they are going to dominate....yet. It's more of have they caught up? The answer to the latter is undoubtedly yes..
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    thejerk , January 12, 2012 6:53 PM
    Motorola Mobility signs deal with Intel, as Google is set to buy Motorola Mobility.

    Sounds like a Google/Intel vs Apple/ARM battle in the works.
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    thejerk , January 12, 2012 6:57 PM
    Also, while I understand the need to differentiate products that run the same OS, I really wish these companies would get the UI right. The STOCK Android launchers have a hard time with FCs. Every time I see a press release with "... will come with our [INSERT BRAND NAME] user interface" I groan and wince.

    LeOS. Sounds fancy! LOL
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    kronos_cornelius , January 12, 2012 8:25 PM
    Lets wait for toms to publish their detail benchmarks comparing Tegra3 to Atom. I think the reason it will only sale in China is because it is still prototypy and they need a few year to improve the design. I always bet against Intel because their architecture is over-engineered for serial programs. In a multi-core world, a simple architecture coupled with good development tools that enable programmer to use every core is the strategy to follow. For this reason, Tegra3 is likely better performance/watt wise.

    @thejerk. Google's Android is #1 and the vast majority of those phones run on ARM.
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    nurgletheunclean , January 12, 2012 10:55 PM
    Anand has the whole story