Intel has been making a lot of noise at the Mobile World Congress about its next wave of Medfield mobile processors but there is a decided lack of hardware supporting the chip.
Although there have been several devices featuring the first chip on the horizon, according to Digitrends, the high-end hardware is about as rare as a mild mannered used car salesman.
We have heard how Lenovo and Motorola have both signed up to produce mobile devices using Intel’s Medfield processor. Lenovo’s K800 Medfield smartphone was on display but you can long see a picture of Motorola’s offering if someone in a dirty mac leaks on you in the conference centre loos. It certainly did not get a stand of its own at MWC.
Lenovo’s K800 hasn’t been given an official release date yet. It might be seen in China in the middle of the year, but then who knows? If Motorola can’t get a phone to CES then it would probably mean that we will not see it until the end of the year.
That is when Orange tells us it will have its Orange Santa Clara which is based on Intel’s reference design. The Santa Clara has a 4-inch touchscreen with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and Android Gingerbread. Generally not that exciting.
The fact no one has its chip ready for the biggest telephone show of the year did not seem to bother Chipzilla. Instead it was busy telling the world+dog about further two mobile chip platforms.
The Medfield Z2460 shall beget the Z2580, a processor and yeah it shall have double the performance and LTE technology and then there shall be the Z2000, which is a 1GHz chip suited to budget handsets.
At the moment though Intel must feel a little miffed that few people have come to its first mobile party. Our bet is next year there will be a lot more Intel based chips in the mobile arena, but right now it is really time for a snooze.