Intel recently showed off the first smartphone running on its new “Merrifield” Atom processor. The company took the chance to unveil the prototype device during the Computex tradeshow in Taipei and said that the new chip architecture should help improve battery life and boost performance over the current generation Atom chips by 50 percent.
Intel has struggled to compete in the mobile space against larger competitors such as Qualcomm and NVIDIA, both of which have secured partnerships with major device makers. Motorola launched the RAZR i earlier this year, a device with similarities to the RAZR M on Verizon Wireless, though it never hit store shelves in the U.S. Perhaps Intel will be able to woo additional carriers and device makers alike with its new Merrifield chip.
Intel said that smartphones using the Merrifield Atom processor will ship in early 2014, according to PCWorld.