Motorola Mobility and Intel Schedule Press Event for September 18thby Stefan Constantinescu on August 29, 2012 8:21 AM EST
September is going to be an extraordinarily busy month for the technology industry. Nokia and Microsoft are going to hold a joint press conference on September 5th in New York City where it's widely believed that we'll see the first devices to run Windows Phone 8. On the same day Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless are going to show off at least one new handset. The day after that Amazon is going to host an event where we'll likely see a new Kindle Fire. Apple hasn't officially confirmed that they're going to hold an event in September, but the press believes one will take place on the 12th and that we'll see the next iPhone there.
Today Motorola Mobility is announcing yet another event, one to take place on the 18th in London. The invitation features an Intel logo, which shouldn't surprise anyone since Motorola Mobility announced that they'd make an Intel smartphone back in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
There are several Intel powered smartphones currently on the market. We reviewed one of them, the Lava Xolo X900, back in April. That device uses Intel's Medfield platform, which consists of a single core Atom Z2460 clocked at 1.6 GHz. Said Atom has hyper-threading enabled, so it can execute two threads simultaneously. The Z2460 also comes with Imagination Technologies' PowerVR SGX 540 graphics processor clocked at 400 MHz. And finally, as a part of the platform, there's the Intel XMM6260 baseband, which provides 21.1 Mbps HSPA+.
Will this as yet to be announced smartphone from Motorola Mobility use the same Medfield platform that we played with back in April? We don't know. Intel announced a higher end Atom for smartphones called the Z2580 back in February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. It's basically a dual core version of the Z2460, including the hyper-threading feature, so it can execute four threads simultaneously. The PowerVR SGX 540 also gets swapped out for the faster PowerVR SGZ544MP2, and the baseband gets upgraded to Intel's XMM7160 LTE. As the name implies, it's an LTE enabled part, but it also supports 42 Mbps HSPA+. There's even TDD-LTE and TD-SCDMA in there, both of which are important for China.