“To highlight the potential of its handset CPUs, Intel has showcased a number of Atom-based smartphones designed by its partners at IFA. The models include ZTE’s Grand X IN, Orange’s San Diego, Lenovo’s K800 and Lava’s Xolo X900.”
“Motorola, the first major handset vendor to tie up with Intel, is scheduled to unveil its first Atom-based smartphone in London in September, the sources noted.”
Hint: They all run Android/Linux… This is not Wintel but something else. It’s also a gateway to the desktop for Android/Linux since the software runs on Intel. It should be able to run on Intel PCs of all kinds, perhaps with modifications for the phone stuff. Wintel is fragmenting even before M$ gets onto ARM. Isn’t it cute that Intel and friends are releasing these gadgets in September more than a month before “8″? It’s all good.
Intel is getting price/power/performance competitive on smart phones in order to be able to do this. That was inevitable but Intel is still handicapped by single core operation to be in the game. That puts them into the low end of smart phones but that’s still a huge market. In a year or two they will be competitive even in multi-core thanks to Moore’s Law. Soon neither ARM nor Intel will demand much power to run. The display will be the limiting factor.
OTOH, some makers of netbooks intend to get out of the market reducing some use of Atoms. Strangely, one of the triggers for this is higher licensing fees for “8″. Instead of opting for GNU/Linux on netbooks, OEMs are abandoning the netbook altogether in favour of tablets and smart phones. Whatever small cheap computer works, I guess.