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Intel Begins Testing their Core M SoC’s in Smartphones

September 2, 2015 - Written By Alexander Maxham

Intel has admitted that they were late to the mobile game. Very, very late. But in recent years, they have begun to make up for that. ASUS is one of the main manufacturers that have put their processors into their smartphones. Namely the Zenfone 2. If you’ve used the Zenfone 2 then you’ll know that thing is no slouch at all, and the Intel chip inside is pretty powerful. The same goes for Dell’s Venue 8 7000 and 10 7000 tablets. With a few others also looking to Intel, it’s time they got serious. Today, at Intel’s IFA press conference, the company announced that they are testing Core M processors in smartphones.

While Intel did say they were testing Core M processors in smartphones, they gave little information about these chips. Now their Core M chips are in devices like the new Macbook from Apple, which has a clockspeed of around 1.3GHz, pretty powerful right? Intel’s Core M chips are typically found in “cheaper” laptops and hybrids or 2-in-1’s. What’s important to note here is that Intel is optimizing their silicon for Windows 10, so this could be for Windows 10 smartphones and tablets, and not necessarily be for Android smartphones and tablets, at least not yet.

The issue for Intel here is fitting their processor into a device that requires a battery. Now they’ve already created USB sticks that can run Windows 10 using their Core M chips, and they work quite well. But when it comes to a smartphone, the battery and cooling tech are still far behind. And that’s not just Intel that’s having that problem. Just look at Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon offerings in the 615, 808 and 810. Hopefully Intel will be able to figure something out there.

Intel’s been working hard to up their mobile game, and we should see more products with their processors inside them in the near future. At least we hope we do. Intel is a trusted name in the processor world. After having much success with desktop processors. Now they just need to make the transition to the mobile world. Which has proved to be a hard one for the company.