Lenovo K800, first Intel Atom Medfield smartphone revealed

Lenovo K800

It looks like Intel has appointed the Lenovo K800 to be the weapon of choice as it gets ready to take its first ever plunge into the smartphone processor market. The Lenovo handset is expected to make its arrival in China during the second quarter of 2012.

The phone is equipped with the Intel XMM 6260 chipset which incorporates support for HSPA+ networks and the energy-efficient Intel Atom Z2460 processor that’s backed by the company’s Hyper Threading technology for enhancing the performance output. It flaunts a 4-inch high resolution LCD touchscreen and dual cameras, one of which is presumably an 8MP snapper. Powered by the Android OS, users will be able to access a majority of applications, even the ones designed for other architectures.

“The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones. Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which to build in 2012 and into the future,” expressed Intel President and CEO, Paul Otellini.

Intel Atom Z2460

Based on the 32nm Intel Medfield platform, the Atom Z2460 processor is said to be specifically designed for smartphones and tablets, and offers the capability to deliver performance and energy efficiency in balanced proportions. The company had already demonstrated this SOC running on the Android OS in the past year. In addition to this, 2012 is likely to witness the rise of the third generation of Intel Core processors, codenamed Ivy Bridge, which are aimed towards further enhancing the Ultrabook segment.

The Lenovo K800 price is still under wraps and the company plans on making this handset available through China Unicom in the second quarter of 2012. Furthermore, several Motorola smartphones based on the new Atom platform are expected to surface sometime this year.