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Intel Merrifield-Powered ‘Redhookbay’ Smartphone Resurfaces, Runs Android 4.2

As ARM increases its chokehold over the booming mobile processing market, the only hope to see some kind of fight for supremacy lies in Intel, although the California-based semiconductor chip maker seems to remain faithful to its baby-step strategy.

Intel Merrifield phone

In other words, as much as we’d love to see someone threaten ARM’s dominance and therefore forcing the British company to step up its game, that someone is sure taking its sweet time before making a forceful and bold push for the top spot.

Yet a carefully planned and moderately powerful push is bound to happen over the next few months, when Bay Trail-powered tablets and Merrifield-based smartphones are to see daylight. We’ve known of this charge for a while, we’ve had it confirmed not long ago and now our memory gets a new refresher courtesy of an Intel “Redhookbay” benchmark.

What’s Redhookbay? Not sure if you remember, but it was a rather mysterious phone with “Intel Inside” that got benchmarked in AnTuTu and NenaMark 2 in December 2012. Back in June of this year, some of the mystery got shattered, as Intel showcased Redhookbay as a Clover Trail+ reference design smartphone at Computex.

Reference design, mind you, means that this particular gadget will never go up on actual store shelves and be available for sale for the wide public. Then again, the odds are third-party smartphone OEMs will strike (or better yet, have struck) partnerships with Intel for the using of the Merrifield SoC.


Sadly, we don’t have names yet of OEMs that might be working on Merrifield-powered handhelds, but if I was to take a wild guess, I’d say Lenovo or ZTE will probably want in on this game.

Turning our attention back to the “Redhookbay” device (aka TR10CD1) for a second, let’s say the GFX Bench database shows this fellow running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean (no surprises there) and making use of a PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU.

That particular GPU can be found in a number of different flavors, some dual-core, some tri-core and even quad-core. Again going on a limb and making a wild guess, I think Redhookbay comes with the tri-core SGX544MP3 in tow, which is the same zippy graphics processing unit found inside the Exynos variant of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

Oddly though, the phone’s CPU is only clocked at 1.2 GHz, whereas the display, whose size is unknown, boasts a 1,280 x 752 pixels resolution (720p with some on-screen buttons). Not exactly groundbreaking, am I right? Oh, well, hopefully ZTE, Lenovo or whoever will pick this platform up will up the ante a little in clock speed and screen resolution.

After all, nobody likes a monopolized market other than the ones that monopolize it, correct?

Via [GFX Bench]

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