At CES 2012 Intel played up the fact that they are working on Android smartphones powered by a 1.6 GHz, Atom Z2460 processor, codenamed Medfield. We saw both a reference design from Intel as well as pre-production version of the Lenovo K800, the first Medfield-based Android smartphone slated for the Chinese market.
Today PocketNow posted a photo of what seems to be a Medfield-based smartphone from Motorola Mobility that is running Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. Not much else is known about the rumored smartphone, but it’s possible that with Mobile World Congress coming up soon, Motorola Mobility may make an announcement there about this mystery device.
If this is a real smartphone resulting from a partnership between Motorola Mobility and Intel, it’ll likely be an important product for both companies. Intel has been struggling to gain a foothold in the mobile space where ARM, Qualcomm, and Texas Instruments are enjoying success. Motorola Mobility continues to stumble behind companies like Samsung and ASUS in the Android smartphone and tablet markets, despite having striking devices like the DROID RAZR, and the DROID RAZR MAXX, which has stunning battery life.
However, it seems unlikely that this Medfield smartphone would be Motorola Mobility’s first smartphone to ship with Android 4.0. The Medfield platform is too new. Though it’s possible that Motorola could use this device to truly differentiate themselves from the rest of the Android pack. Time will tell.