Intel announced two new 64-bit mobile processors designed for Android smartphones and tablets today during a presentation at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The 22nm dual-core Merrifield and larger quad-core Moorefield boast faster speeds which the company says rival Apple’s latest A7 processor as well as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800.
Merrifield, officially called the Intel Atom Z3480, is clocked at 2.13GHz and reportedly offers improved battery life. The first devices packing this new processor should launch in the next few months. Meanwhile, Android tablets and smartphones sporting the new Moorefield chip won’t launch until the second half of 2014. The quad-core processor is clocked at 2.3GHz and offers enhanced graphics and faster memory.
Intel also took the opportunity to announce new partnerships with Lenovo, Asus and Foxconn which should all go into effect later this year. For now, the chip-maker is the only company manufacturing 64-bit processors for Android and Windows devices, though Qualcomm has also announced similar plans.