Hands On: Intel Shows Off Reference Design Smartphone – Beats The Competition In Benchmarks


Like every year, Intel made a huge presence at this year’s CES showing off everything from ultrabooks, to tablets, to smartphones. As to be expected, we were most interested in the smartphone reference design they were flashing around the showroom and we nabbed some hands-on time with the device. More of a simple overview than anything, our quick hands-on time with the Intel smartphone gives you a brief look at the aesthetics of the device.

On the software side, the unit we got our hands on was all running stock Gingerbread and although it wasn’t anything we haven’t exactly seen before, we did manage to capture some video of an Intel rep using custom apps specifically meant to show off the key benefits when using an Intel Atom Z2460 processor in your next smartphone.

The Intel “Medfield” Atom Z22460 processor is the heart of the device featuring a 1.6GHz processor that, although only “single-core,” is seemingly blowing away the competition in benchmarks.

Intel was more than happy to release all of their benchmark data as well as announcing new partnerships with Motorola and Lenovo to create smartphones. These should all be due out before the end of the year and honestly, we can’t wait. Competition is, no doubt, always a good thing.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I’m getting their dual core when it comes out :) 

  2. Comparing them to the fastest processor in a phone today doesn’t say a whole lot when it’s not going to be in a phone for months. We’ll see how it stacks up against, say, a tegra 3.

    1. Krait and Cortex A15 will be out by the time this phone is out.

    2. Well they’ve been using the same architecture since when Atom launched (2008). Mostly because they had nothing to compete with in the netbook space. Now that they’re competing with ARM (and they’ve got a new architecture scheduled for 2013), things may get interesting.

  3. Hopefully AMD will follow suit.  Android is about to get a whole lot more interesting…

    1. AMD is dead. their latest chip is power hungry joke.

  4. Where is the power usage comparison this eats way more power vs arm even at 4 cpu cores and 8 gpu cores!

  5. Okay, these are benchscores against TODAYS phones.  How about we do this when the phone is 100% working. This is just a beta phone with things incomplete, right?  By the time it REALLY comes out, the competition will be equal or maybe even better.  CES, next phone please!

  6. What’s the battery life. Speed is one thing, but battery life is equally important. I know they said it has better battery life than the competition, but let’s see some numbers on that.

    1. It wont come out because reference devices are usually used for speed regular chipsets will be clocked diwn quite a bit… no use in seeing battery scores at this time

  7. By the time it comes out in phone, it will face ARM competition in Exynos 4412, 5250, Tegra3, OMAP5, S4 snapdragon clocking around 2.0Ghz. So this bragging on benchmark is pointless.

    1. Not really. It gets the word out to the consumer that Intel is in the game. That’s worth a lot to a company. 

  8. Reference platform can only be compared to a reference platform, not to a real product. Given that reference platform takes quite a few months to actually turn into a real product and reach market, I would expect it to outperform Tegra 4. Understand that even Tegra 3 is no longer just a reference platform. So if they are happy to beat a product that has been out a few months, then all I can say, Goodluck intel. 

  9. you say its stock android but that is truly impossible, that is gingerbread which has absolutely zero support for atom CPU’s. so they did do plenty of modifying.

    1. Which is probably why you see high benchmarks….im skeptical intel would be better

    2. Wrong. Gingerbread has been supported on Intel (and AMD) chips for quite some time now. Ever heard of the Android-x86 project?

      1. yes i have heard of the android-x86 project, it is an unofficial port of android. so again i say, they are NOT running a completely stock android version, they have modified it to run on Atom

        1. Even still, it’s been official support for a while now, even without the Android-x86 port.

          1. x86 was not officially supported in the build until ICS

          2. Even if it wasn’t (which I still mantain it was) all you really have to do is recompile dalvik and the kernel and BAM! That’s it. No “major modifications” there.

          3. thats my point though, a customized kernel could really give some performance boost, so that is why im not believing any of these numbers, with the right kernel, my evo could compete with some of these i bet

      2. covert_death is right. support for x86 architecture wasn’t native to the aosp builds of android from donut to froyo.

        1. Yep. But was in Gingerbread, as I remember seeing an x86 option in the build config for it.

  10. AMD needs to get on the ball and bring their APU’s to the mobile sector.

  11. This is just like how it went for computers. It’s not about the number of cores, it only takes 1 great one

  12. So the phone is incomplete? Why show off then? 8==>

    1. Because they weren’t showing off the phone. They were showing off the chip inside the phone. Duh.

  13. The more competition in this segment the better it will be for consumers. That said, Intel has quite a lot of ‘catching up’ to do in the mobile market. Their atom based processors sucked badly.

  14. You guys are dumb-ass-holes for judgeing this ohone before its out. When it comes out It will be either real shitty or really good. So quit complaining…

  15. I surprised to see the iphone 4S so high on the list. Didnt know that little 800mhz dual core cpu could do that. Imagine it clocked to 1.2 or 1.5…

  16. Impressive feat to get 1335 in GB … lets not forget that ICS brings much better JS performance , even my two years old NexusOne gets ~3500 with ICS (better then S2 on GB)

  17. Thinking if i should wait till a phone have a Intel chip. I already have my mind on the iON

  18. found this posted on xda:
    “After ics it get a 116567… It used to get around 100000… IPad 2 gets 98565 ish ” 

    looks like tegra 3 is already outperforming atom. i’d be more interested in seeing what AMD’s bobcats would bring to the table. they run more efficiently than atom. an e-450 on a phone.. that’d be something to see. even if its next year’s CES. 

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