I think Intel made a smart move to make small processor from Intel in smartphone or cell phone. It sound like quite powerful processor at 2 GHz in smartphone. I would like to know more about this and am wonder how it will handle the tasking on smartphone. It will make more benfit for Intel and along PC, laptop, ans server with Intel inside.
News:The idea that an end-user should have to buy a product and then spend an hour or three making it run well is ludicrous.
Agreed, there is way too much crap on new laptops these days.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
The Z2460 Medfield is actually 1.3GHz, but it has what is called a Burst Mode... Similar to the Turbo Boost used in Core i5/i7, it allows the SoC to over clock for short periods to give boost as needed, within the power and thermal constraints of the system of course.
Originally, this was set to a max of 1.6GHz for the Burst Mode but FAB yields and average tolerance proved better than expected. So they upped the newer release to have Burst Mode of 2GHz...
LTE and dual core will be coming early 2013 with the release of the dual core version, Z2580, which will also get a more powerful GMA based on a dual GPU version of the SGX544. Along with a lower end Z2000 for more basic phones...
Meaning the present Z2460 is actually the mid-range offering and was just first to market.
However, Intel's Mobile offerings won't really get interesting until 22nm updates come out for Medfield's replacement, Merrifield... Probably early 2014...
While the tablet range offering to replace Clover Trail will likely come out first in the second half of 2013.
I would love to see Intel get more involved in the mobile phone market.
Joel brings up a good point with all the third party crap that comes on laptops nowadays, OEMs have a hard time with Intel's pricing (perfect example being the whitebook that Intel put out and the other ultrabooks at the same pricepoint) and hopefully this doesn't trend into the phone market as well. Either way its good that Intel is getting into the game, now we just might see some true innovation.
I think there are two ways to look at this situation. On the one hand, Intel has kept its margins high, even as OEM margins have cratered. On the other hand, the OEMs themselves *chose* to buy into the race to the bottom.
Apple has something like 9-10% of the laptop market (I don't count tablets as part of laptop sales, the two products are not fungible), but a *huge* chunk of the profits. HP and Dell, in contrast, have done occasional high-value products surrounded my a morass of cheap stuff. it has not served them well as far as establishing brand trust.
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