The fight for the high end smartphone market has switched to overdrive with Samsung’s announcement of their next flagship smartphone, S4 last week. The line of what defines a mid-range phone and what features and specs qualify a phone to be a ‘high end’ smartphone is now clear, though unwritten. Asus, you may know them from their very popular Asus Phonepad tablet cum smartphone hybrid, high performance tablets in the infinity family and Google Nexus 7, are working on a high end smartphone but unlike any other you may have heard about recently, it will be powered by an Intel chip!
Intel is trying to curve a niche for itself in the smartphone market but from the look of things, it may be harder for it to catch up with market leaders in smartphone processors NVIDIA and Qualcomm. According to a source at Digitimes, an online publication, Asus is working on a smartphone with a 5 to 5.5 inch screen and will be powered by the new Atom Z2580 processor, also known as Cover Trail+. Most other ‘high end’ smartphones in the market now come with quad-core processors but the Atom Z2580 is a dual-core, 2 GB RAM and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If indeed Asus is working on such a smartphone, the company will not be the first to create an intel-powered high performance smartphone as Lenovo has already made the K900 which will debut in China in April with the same processor. We are unsure though how an Intel processor will fare in a market dominated by quad-core and recently octa-core processors. Time will tell.
Still on Asus, there is a rumor the company is working on a second generation Nexus 7 tablet which may come to the market in May. If this is true, then it is likely that Google is partnering with the company to introduce a more advanced version of the immensely successful nexus 7 tablet. Could this be the tablet that will debut with Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie? If so, then Google I/O conference should be a party of fireworks as they may be introducing other gadgets including Motorola X Phone and even the rumored LG Nexus 5.
Let’s wait and see. What are your thoughts on this?