Intel is ready to chip away at Qualcomm’s dominance in the smartphone arena.Intel introduced the Atom Z2420 mobile processor, codenamed Lexington, which is aimed at the emerging market demographics including India, Latin America, and Africa.Lexington, will power affordable Android smartphones for emerging markets. Acer, Lava and Safaricom are the first hardware partners that will launch the first smartphone based on Intel’s reference design. The Lexington features a 1.2GHz processor with hyper-threading, a 3.5-inch HVGA display, XMM6225 HSPA+ modem, Imagination SGX 540 graphics processor. The device will offer dual-SIM, dual-standby, feature FM radio, 1080p hardware-accelerated encode/decode, and support for up to two cameras delivering advanced imaging capabilities, including burst mode that allows people to capture seven pictures in less than a second in 5-megapixel quality. Smartphone would be priced at around Rs 7,000, which Intel had promised earlier.
But Intel isn’t only focused on imaging in smartphones, as crucial as it may be. The Z2420 chip and Lexington platform also supports Dual Sim/Dual Standby technology. This means that users can not only swap out sim cads based on their location and the best possible carrier options, but that those dual sim cards can actually remain within the device itself, and simply be toggled on and off. A few other features clearly aimed at emerging markets include the ability to wirelessly share the display with larger WiFi-enabled devices like a TV or computer monitor, FM radio, as well as microSD expansion support. But perhaps the most important characteristic of the Atom Z2420 platform is it’s frugality with battery consumption. According to Mr. Bell, the chip has about 18 percent better power consumption than Qualcomm’s offerings.
Intel introduced the Atom Z2420 mobile processor, codenamed Lexington, which is aimed at the emerging market demographics including India, Latin America, and Africa for smartphones by Acer, Lava, and Safaricom with full support for Android apps.Lava is likely to launch one in India for 7,000 Rs.