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Intel betting big on low-cost smartphones with cheaper chips

Intel making bigger push into smartphones, aiming to cater to low-cost mobile devices

Michael Hatamoto | Mar 10, 2015 at 3:01 pm CDT (0 mins, 48 secs time to read)

Intel seemed overwhelmed trying to join the smartphone and tablet markets years ago, but has learned from its mistakes, and wants to supply hardware for low-cost smartphones. The company hopes its code-named SoFIA - now known as the X3 chip - will be ideal for cheaper smartphones and tablets, and still looks to win over manufacturers.

Intel betting big on low-cost smartphones with cheaper chips | TweakTown.com

At least 20 manufacturers want to use Intel's X3 to power their devices - as Intel looks for new ways to compete with Qualcomm. Intel is now No. 2 in the tablet CPU market, while exploring methods to compete in the smartphone market.

The first Atom X3 smartphones will be available later this quarter, with quad-core 3G and LTE models expected before the end of Q2.

After the release of Microsoft Windows 10 this year, Intel will supply hardware to run Windows-based phones. Intel was initially hesitant to back Windows in the smartphone market, due to low market share, but wants to diversify its mobile portfolio.

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