• April 18th, 2012
  • Robert Zak

For some time now, Intel has understandably been flirting with the manufacture of smartphone processors. The American chip manufacturers are best known for being loyal providers of processors in PCs and laptops since time immemorial, but now, with figures showing that smartphone sales are higher than those of PCs, they’ve shifted their focus to handheld devices.

Intel has decided to begin its voyage into the smartphone market in the Far East, where they’ve already released the Lenovo K800 in China, which is powered by the Intel Medfield processor. The phone’s success has seen the manufacturer go into partnership with Motorola, and it’s due to be released in the United States in May.

Intel’s focus has now shifted to India, which tomorrow will see the release of the Medfield-powered XOLO X900. The phone has been manufactured by Lava (nope, never heard of them either) and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. A video review shows Intel’s maiden smartphone processor to handle Full HD videos and graphics-heavy games without any trouble.

Intel’s decision to make a name for itself in Eastern markets is a reflection of how it’s thus far been overlooked by the big manufacturers with heavy interests in the West. However, seeing as the chip manufacturer’s future is likely to be intertwined with the growing popularity of tablets and smartphones, it’s probably only a matter of time before they start getting competitive in Western markets.

[Source: Into Mobile]