Lenovo K800 Is First Intel-Powered Smartphone

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Intel and Lenovo have unveiled the first smartphone powered by an Atom processor.

The Lenovo K800 is a 4.5in smartphone which will launch in China in the second quarter of this year. The first ever Intel-based smartphone will be powered by an Atom processor, codenamed Medfield. Intel is trying to break into the smartphone and tablet market currently dominated by ARM-based processors.

Liu Jun, Lenovo Senior Vice President joined Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini on stage at CES this afternoon to show off the new phone which will run the Android OS. The phone will have a 4.5in 720p LCD screen and feature Intel wireless technology to allow you to wirelessly stream your content to compatible TVs.

Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha was also on hand to announce a multi-year, multi-device smartphone partnership between the two companies which will see the first Intel-powered Motorola device arriving in the second half of 2012.

Paul Otellini also showed off the reference design Intel smartphone, showcasing its gaming prowess, 1080p video playback and the burst shooting mode on the 8 megapixel camera which captures 10 images in less than a second. The reference model is less than 10mm thick, features an HDMI port and an NFC chip.

Intel also announced that McAfee Security Software, which Intel purchased last year,  will be coming to Android devices in the near future with an app available in the Android Market, which will offer data back-up and remote locking as well as protecting your smartphone from malware.

Otellini confirmed too that some of Intel’s software developers have been moved from the Windows section to the Android department to help apps work across all platforms and also to help the apps work faster – which will benefit all Android users, not just those using Intel-based devices.

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