Intel shows off Moorestown based Android 2.1 smartphone – to launch in early 2011

June 2, 2010, By Thomas Antony

All this time you were thinking the SnapDragon was God of mobile processors. Now it seems like there is challenger in the field who is by no means a new kid on the block. It is of course Intel who is set to enter the lucrative smartphone and mobile devices market with their new Moorestown Atom platform.

Intel was showing off the their Moorestown Android smartphone at the Computex 2010 at Taipei.

The prototype device shown was one of many being demoed at Computex by Intel, and manufactured by Aava Mobile. Most of the devices were running on Meego ( a mobile OS by Intel and Nokia in case you didn’t know ), while there were also a couple of devices showing off Android 2.1. The Atom Z6xx processors powering these gadgets ranged from 1.5GHz to 1.9 GHz along with HD capable graphics.

Smartphones and tablets using these processors are expected to arrive in the first half of 2011. Intel expects Android Froyo release to be ready by then. For the past few years, ARM-based processors have reigned king over mobile space particularly due to their high power efficiency. Intel hasn’t made any attempts to enter this field since x86 chips were always too power hungry. However the newer Atom processors such as the ones shown off at Computex, boasts an idle power consumption as low as 21 mW.

Intel said the chip delivers two to four times the graphics performance of competing smartphone processors and is the only smartphone chip that can handle 1080p video. Most phones don’t have the screen resolution to support full high-definition but it’s likely to be offered by many tablet PCs. Early next year Intel will release a second version of its Atom processor aimed at tablet PC. Called Oak Trail, the package is a variant on Moorestown.

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