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Android Smartphone Developments At CES 2013

There weren't many smartphone announcements at CES 2013, but most of them were for Android phones and here they are, including one phablet. Pantech, Sony and Huawei all announced phones — some exclusively for the Chinese market — and Intel released a CPU and reference platform optimized for Android and also designed for low cost in emerging markets.
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It's not a new phone (yet) and it won't likely be in any phones you can buy in the USA, but Intel is getting into the Android phone market. Not with an actual phone, but with a CPU targeted at low-cost Android phones in emerging markets.

They call it the Atom Z2420 w/XMM 6265 chip, code-named Lexington. Intel has designed a reference platform and claims the following specs for it:

  • Runs Google’s Android
  • The 1.2 GHz Atom processor Z2420 with hyperthreading has up to 1.2GHz
  • Dual sim cards
  • Intel XMM 6265 HSPA+ modem
  • HD video encoding and decoding (1080p 30fps)
  • 1.3MP front-facing cameras, 5MP rear-facing cameras
  • Camera support with seven-frame burst mode, and SGX540 graphics.
  • FM radio to get media contents without using your data plan
  • Equipped with microSD card slot to easily expands your storage(now a 32GB SD card onlycost around $30)
  • Intel Wireless Display for playback on TVs or devices

Acer, Lava International and Safaricom will support the chip.

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