Intel has introduced a smartphone with an Atom x7-Z8700 Cherry Trail processor, a 6 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display, 2GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage. And the company’s going to sell it for $399.

There’s one small catch though: the target market is developers, and the phone is really a development kit designed to showcase the company’s RealSense depth-sensing camera.

You can sign up now to reserve a phone, but Intel hasn’t said when the RealSense Smartphone Developer Kit will ship yet.


The phone has a RealSense Camera ZR300 which is designed to scan 3D items including people, objects, and environments.

It supports WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS and the phone runs Google Android Software. Developers can use the Intel RealSense software developer kit or Google Project Tango SDK to create apps that leverage the camera.

In addition to the 3D camera, the phone has an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera.

Intel also offers an adjustable tilt dock with HDMI and USB 3.0 ports.

It’s unlikely that Intel plans to get into the smartphone space itself, but this developer kit could be useful for manufacturers thinking of using Intel’s chips and camera technology as well as for app developers interested in working with 3D, depth-sensing devices.

Then again, maybe Intel will sell its own phones one day. After all, the chip maker now sells a line of NUC and Compute Stick computers under its own brand. I doubt we’ll see a phone with these specs with a retail price of $399 anytime soon though.

via The Inquirer


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