First Intel Atom-powered smartphone will be a Lenovo model destined for the Chinese market.

CES 2012: Intel enters smartphone arena

Intel announced the chip giant’s entry into the smartphone arena with new "medfield" processors appearing in smartphones from Lenovo and Motorola later in the year.

The first Android smartphone to be powered by Intel is the Lenovo K800 which looks to be a high-end device armed with a 4.5-inch display, HDMI out, NFC and Intel’s 32nm Medfield Atom processor.

In perhaps a sign of the times, the K800 will arrive in the Chinese market first with Intel chief Paul Otellini pointing out that China is the world’s largest single market for smartphones.

The Intel chip is claimed to offer significantly better performance, particularly web browsing and javascript, than ARM-based Android smartphones and the K800 will apparently offer battery life comparable to other smartphones. That’ll be a day tops, then.

Motorola Mobility, which is set to be acquired in Google, has apparently also agreed to produce smartphones based on the Medfield processor although they will not appear until the second half of the year.

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