Motorola is set to steal some limelight away from other phone makers at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 with the debut of its first Intel-powered Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) handset.
According to Pocketnow, the unnamed device is among the first in Motorola's product portfolio to run on Intel's Medfield processor. The handset is also said to have a key selling point which is its camera. The camera is alleged to feature instant-on capabilities as well as 15 frame-per-second-burst capture.
Although Motorola traditionally uses Texas Instruments OMAP processors in its devices such as the Razr and Xoom 2 tablet, it is not a surprise to see the company take a different route this year. Intel and Motorola jointly announced a multi-year, multi-device strategic partnership at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012, which will see Motorola shipping smartphones and tablets based on Intel's processors.
Intel claimed in an earlier report that consumers can expect better Android performance on its Medfield processors as the company is a "first class citizen" in the Android ecosystem. Its ability to release optimized processors simultaneously with each new iteration of Android will bring the user experience to the next level and help differentiate Intel from the competition.
The launch of Intel-powered Android smartphones and tablets in the first half of 2012 is likely to spark off a two-horse race with Advanced RISC Machine (ARM) as the latter has a dominating grip on the industry with many licensees such as NVIDIA and Samsung deploying its reference CPU cores in a number of devices.