Speaking during a Q&A session on Thursday (via CNET) at Intel’s annual investor day in California, Intel reiterated that its first dual-core smartphone processor, the “Medfield” Z2580, is coming later this year and will be offered with Intel-branded 4G LTE silicon. CEO Paul Otellini said that phone chip development will move ahead at “twice the rate of Moore’s Law.”
“They have a real chance…if they choose to get aggressive,” said Anand Shimpi of chip review site Anandtech. Intel’s current Atom chip for smartphones — which is a single processor core — competes with leading ARM-based phones in performance, according to Anandtech. While its battery life is not market-leading, it is competitive with the Galaxy S II and Galaxy Nexus, Anandtech said.