There was dancing, uproarious fanfare and a few juicy tidbits in the smartphone and ultrabook space at Intel’s keynote today. CEO & President Paul Otellini highlighted a number of interesting projects the company is currently focused on as it moves into the mobile game, enlisting the help from Lenovo, Motorola and (bizarrely) will.i.am. Most importantly, Intel looked toward the company’s future as it works on “building an intelligent architecture to create a better tomorrow.”
Intel hyped up many of its ultrabook projects at yesterday’s press conference, and the company didn’t hesitate to do the same today, bringing attention to the earlier announced Dell XPS 13. In addition, Intel showed of an ultrabook/tablet Frankenstein reference design equipped with Ivy Bridge technology, demonstrating everything from the company’s Intel AppUp Center, to games like Modern Warfare 3 and Fruit Ninja, and transferring content through its Thunderbolt port.
Otellini excitedly announced Intel’s efforts to move the best of its computer technology into the mobile space, coming first to the Chinese market – the largest market in the world with more than 100 million users. Liu Jun, senior vice president of Lenovo introduced the Lenovo K800, the first Intel architecture-based phone running the company’s Medfield Atom Z2460 processor. The device will come with a 4.5-inch 720p display, WiDi technology to wirelessly stream content to compatible TVs, 8 megapixel camera, full 1080p video playback (6 hours of video playback, 45 hours of audio playback), 8 hours of 3G talk time, HDMI port and NFC capabilities.
But it was perhaps Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha’s announcement that was most exciting. Jha announced Motorola is partnering with Intel in a multi-year, multi-device (meaning both smartphones and tablets) partnership. The partnership is pegged to start churning out devices sometime after the summer, with more details to be revealed in the coming months. With the partnership being what it is, and knowing that Google owns the handset maker, expect some monstrous devices packing the latest Android to really shake up the industry.
While no finite mobile devices (other than the K800) or release dates were announced, Intel highlighted projects the company is working on to better push the mobile industry forward. With a slew of ultrabooks in the pipeline and partnerships with handset makers finalized, the future is looking mighty promising.