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Intel's Otellini Talks Ultrabooks, Smartphones

1/30/2012 12:01:00 AM Eastern

LAS VEGAS — Intel CEO Paul Otellini
used his International CES keynote to give a
broad overview of it work on Ultrabooks and
smartphones.

The majority of the talk centered on Intel’s
flagship project, the Ultrabook Otellini took the audience through
the Ultrabook’s capabilities and gave a peek
at some upcoming changes that will be
built into the device. This includes adding
touchscreen capability, better security, and
design changes that will have the clamshell design
convert into a tablet.

The big news of the keynote was Dell’s introduction
of the XPS 13 Ultrabook. Jeff Clarke, Dell’s global operations
VP, showed off the new device, saying the 13-
inch model fits into the same footprint as one with an
11-inch screen and is essentially capable of delivering
the same type of always-on-and-ready experience of a
smartphone, but in a mobile computing platform.

Pricing was not announced, but it will be ready for
orders in February, Clarke said.

Intel also brought out pop star Will.i.am who is now
conducting a 12-city, worldwide tour to promote Ultrabooks
and help with several philanthropic projects.

Otellini discussed Intel’s work in the smartphone
space and brought out two collaborators, Motorola
Mobility and Lenovo, each of which will roll out an Intelbased
smartphone in the coming months.

Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha said his company
and Intel have entered into a multiyear agreement to
develop phones, the first of which will be available by
late summer.

Lenovo’s Liu Jun, mobile Internet and digital home
group senior VP, showed off the K800 smartphone,
which will hit the Chinese domestic market during the
second quarter. A U.S. release date was not announced.

Otellini participated in a demo that showed off the
capabilities of the Intel smartphone reference design,
which gives vendors the ability to come
out with a phone and simply add their own
unique features. The basic phone design
uses the Android OS and has an 8-megapixel
camera, 1080p video, six hours of video
play, eight hours of talk time and 14 hours of
life on standby.

There was also a brief overview of a tablet
reference design that uses the upcoming
Windows 8 operating system.

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