intel medfield Intel talks 32nm Atom and Android, demoes MeeGo tablet

Intel didn't have a ton of new things to show at the Mobile World Congress beyond its new XMM platform for smartphones and tablets, but one thing the company is communicating very clearly at the show is that Intel will have Atom powered phones in the market later this year. These will be based on Intel's upcoming 32nm Medfield Atom processor which the company claimed will offer at least the same kind of standby power as the competition, presumably referring to ARM based products here. Intel also showed off a MeeGo tablet based on the Oak Trail Atom processor, although the company will also actively support Android on both tablets and smartphones.

Intel didn't have a ton of new things to show at the Mobile World Congress beyond its new XMM platform for smartphones and tablets, but one thing the company is communicating very clearly at the show is that Intel will have Atom powered phones in the market later this year. These will be based on Intel's upcoming 32nm Medfield Atom processor which the company claimed will offer at least the same kind of standby power as the competition, presumably referring to ARM based products here. Intel also showed off a MeeGo tablet based on the Oak Trail Atom processor, although the company will also actively support Android on both tablets and smartphones.

intel medfield Intel talks 32nm Atom and Android, demoes MeeGo tablet

Intel wouldn't say too much about its upcoming 32nm Medfield Atom processor, although the company is currently sampling processors to its partners which is suggesting that we should see the first devices within the next six months or so. What is clear is that Intel is very serious about getting into the mobile phone market space, one way or another and its announcement that it's now officially supporting Android is a clear indication of this. It's not as if Intel has that many other options to be fair, despite the fact that Intel is still pushing MeeGo quite heavily.

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To that effect, the company was demoing a MeeGo tablet from EXOPC running a pane based UI, although we can't say that we're sold on this approach after a quick play with the tablet. That said, MeeGo is quite flexible when it comes to UI's and this is just one of many options and an attempt at doing something different. Some of the functionality worked quite well, but not the concept as a whole. The navigation experience was kind of peculiar as well, not helped by the fact that the home/back button was an optical sensor at the top left hand side of the screen. This wasn't a very intuitive way of navigating compared to every other touch screen based OS/UI we've used in the past and took a little time to figure out.

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Intel also mentioned that it was disappointed with the fact that Nokia has decided to more or less drop its support for MeeGo before the OS has even had a chance to show what it can do. We can sort of understand Intel's sentiment, especially as Nokia didn't give Intel a lot of head warning and it was a very key partner in the project. We have a feeling that MeeGo will have too small of a market share in the smartphone market to ever really make it, although as a tablet OS it might still have a fair chance.

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