Thursday, April 9, 2009

Intel Shows New MIDs at IDF Beijing-New Clamshell Phone With Full Windows XP

All below shown in video.

Intel never fails to disappoint. Their Atom processors allow computers with small form factors (Netbooks, Nettops, and MIDs) to run very fast. At IDF Beijing 2009, they showed off a few MIDs with their Atom processor. They showed off two from OQO, one played Quake 3, and the other was shown running Vista. They also showed off the "Mars" MID. It is a clamshell phone featuring a QUERTY keyboard and full Windows XP. Its no RAZR but it is small enough to fit in a pocket. No demo was shown for the phone. They also shown all the manufacturers that will develop computers around their Atom processor.

Intel also released two "Z" series Atoms. The new Z550 allows speeds up to 2GHz, the "fastest performance of a handheld". The Z515, which is a .6 GHz processor with a performance boost, can reach speeds of up to 1.2 GHz. The Z515 is aimed at very small devices. Intel is hoping that it would give the "intended" devices the boost of speed they need without bumping up the form factor.