ASUS to follow Fonepad with second Intel-powered Android?

ASUS forayed into Intel territory with the announcement of the Atom-powerd Fonepad, but a new rumor says the company will soon launch a more pocketable x86 device running Android 4.2.2. The phone, which doesn’t have a specific name at this point, is said to run either a 5 or 5.5-inch display with processing courtesy of Intel’s Clovertrail+ CPU.

The dual-core processor, which is built on a 32nm process,  has recently been seen clocked at 2GHz for the Lenovo K900, a smartphone that seems to be in the same ballpark as the rumored ASUS device. The ASUS phone, however, could be the first to launch with the latest Android build. The folks at Intel only recently released an Atom-compatible pre-alpha build of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

All information comes by way of Digitimes and their sources within the Taiwanese manufacturing industry. While their sources are often spotty at best, nothing about the latest rumor seems too far-fetched to be true. With the monstrous 7-inch Fonepad ready to launch with an Intel chip inside, it’s more than feasible that ASUS would explore the platform for future hardware.

[via Electronista]

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  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Asus makes some GREAT products. But I feel they dip there fingers into everyone else plates and food instead of worrying about there own. They seem to have a “eyes bigger than there stomach” problem. The way a kid does when it comes to free candy.

    If Asus put in the same effort into phones as they do Motherboards, Laptop, Monitors, etc….they would be a great alternative to Samsung and HTC. Problem is, they are still way too mediocre of a phone and they keep pushing the Phablet idea that isnt catching on (atleast in the US).

    • Gerard R

      That’s why the US market is being dropped in favour of the far larger Asian and European markets. Phablets, whether you like it or not, are in it for the long run.

      • Steven Skwarkowski

        Ah yes….thats why the sales of these around the world are so spectacular. I must have missed that report.

        BTW, all I am pointing out is I wish Asus made phones like they do other products. A little more focus on a legit product and a little less experimentation.