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Tablets with Intel Bay Trail chips could be 2x faster than today’s Clover Trail tablets

Intel’s Atom processors are low power chips designed for netbooks, tablets, smartphones, and other devices where long battery life and fanless designs are more important than bleeding-edge performance. That helps explain why an Atom chip from 2012 isn’t much faster than one from 2008 (unless you count the added support for 1080p HD video playback). […]

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Xolo X1000 smartphone packs a 2 GHz Intel Atom processor

Samsung isn’t the only smartphone maker with a new product to launch today. India’s Xolo introduced its newest smartphone, the Xolo X1000. It’s a 4.7 inch handset powered by a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2480 processor and PowerVR SGX 540 graphics. That makes it one of the fastest Intel-powered phones unveiled to date… although that […]

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Intel next-gen 22nm Merrifield, Bay Trail chips coming to future smartphones, tablets

Intel may be busy launching a new dual-core Clover Trail+ processor for smartphones, but the company’s already looking ahead to next-generation Atom chips for smartphones and tablets. The companys’s 32nm Clover Trail+ will eventually be replaced by 22nm “Merrifield” processors designed to offer better performance and longer battery life. Meanwhile the company’s confirming that the […]

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Asus could be working on a cheap, Intel-powered Android tablet

Asus is making a habit of introducing low-cost Android tablets. Now there’s evidence suggesting the company’s next model will feature a low-power Intel Atom processor instead of an ARM-based chip. Bulgarian website tablet.bg has posted specs for an upcoming Asus ME371MG tablet, along with a picture of what’s allegedly the back of that tablet. Hints […]

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Arctic releases a tiny $229 Linux PC designed for XBMC

Arctic is now selling a small form-factor desktop computer with an Intel Atom processor, AMD Radeon HD graphics, and a Linux-based operating system designed to support the XBMC Media Center application. In other words, for $229 you can pick up a low-power computer with an open source media center, the hardware to handle high-definition video, […]

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Lenovo introduces 5.5 inch K900 smartphone with Atom CPU

Lenovo is going big with its next smartphone for the Chinese market. The Lenovo K900 has a Samsung Galaxy Note-rivaling 5.5 inch display, but unlike Samsung’s biggest phone, the K900 is powered by a 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor. The Android phone’s screen isn’t just big — it’s also a high resolution 1920 […]

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Intel introduces low-end Atom chip for “value smartphones”

Intel is expanding its smartphone chip lineup with the Intel Atom Z2420 Lexington processor. It’s designed for emerging markets and it’s a cheaper alternative to the Medfield chips available in select phones now. The Atom Z2420 is a 1.2 GHz chip with support for hyperthreading, 1080p HD video playback and encoding, and support for  dual […]

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Next-gen Intel Atom chips to offer 2x the speed, 3x the graphics performance

You’d have to look pretty hard to find the performance difference between a netbook from 2008 and one from 2012. While Intel has been steadily reducing power consumption of the Atom processors for laptop and desktop computers, the company hasn’t really done much to boost overall performance, aside from adding support for HD video playback […]