Asus is set to launch
an Intel Atom-powered smartphone, joining Lenovo and Motorola who have both also experimented with Intel's Clovertrail x86-based chips in their devices. The smartphone will be the second mobile device from Asus in recent times that has adopted an Intel chip, following the debut of the 7-inch Asus Fonepad
at Mobile World Congress earlier this year. According to Digitimes
, the earliest the new Asus smartphone will arrive is in the month of June.
Further details to emerge from the upstream Taiwanese supply chain also point to the Asus Intel-powered smartphone centering on either a 5-inch or 5.5-inch display. If accurate, this would make the new Asus smartphone similar to the Lenovo K900, which similarly adopts a dual-core Atom chip clocked at 2GHz features a 5.5-inch 1080p display. In our hands-on with the K900
at CES earlier this year, we found it to be unwieldy, but appreciated its slim 6.9mm profile.
The Intel Clovertrail+ chip is built on Intel's 32nm High-k/metal gate process and features hyperthreading for the ability to process four instruction sets simultaneously. Its SoC integrates an Imagination (a part Apple-owned company) PowerVR SGX 544 GPU which is the same GPU family Samsung has adopted for its Galaxy S 4
. However, the Intel chip only uses a dual-core version of the GPU, whereas Samsung utilizes a triple core configuration, similar to the Apple A6
processor powering the iPhone 5.
The Asus Intel-powered smartphone will run a version of Android 4.2.2 'Jelly Bean,' that has been compiled to run on Intel's x86 architecture, but which should remain compatible with most standard Android apps.