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Intel may have given shown the first known instance of a true smartphone using its Medfield-based Atom chips in a new sighting late Sunday. A shot has shown the Ultra Mobility Group's general manager Anand Chandrasekher holding up an unnamed phone at a sales event. From a distance, the hardware seen by a Meego.org forum goer looked to be running on Android but was clearly unrelated to the Aava phone prototype shown last year.
As opposed to the 10-inch Eee Pad EP101TC introduced on Monday, a new Eee Pad was spotted at Computex that runs on Windows 7 rather than Windows Embedded Compact 7 of the earlier device. The two otherwise look nearly identical, sharing the 10-inch touchscreen and ultra-thin form factor. The device could either be based on Intel's current Menlow (Z500) or imminent Moorestown (Z600) platforms.
Intel's ultramobile VP Anand Chandrasekher dashed hopes of cutting-edge x86 tablets in the near future by warning those at Computex that tablets based on the Atom Z600 likely won't ship this year. He put the launches of touch-only Z600 tablets between six to 12 months away. Smartphones wouldn't arrive until even late with the first half of 2011 as the likely target.
Outspoken NVIDIA chief Jen-Hsun Huang hinted in an interview today that a Tegra processor might power a webOS tablet. The executive called Palm's OS "fabulous" and strongly implied it was next for Tegra support after the recent addition of Android. He wouldn't commit to any official plans on the record with Laptop but said the only issue on phones like the Pre was the slow processor, which a multi-core Tegra would fix.
A Nokia device using MeeGo on top of Intel's new Atom Z600 is due by the end of the year, both of the companies may have inadvertently confirmed today. Intel director Pankaj Kedia said devices using both the Intel/Nokia developed OS and the Z600 should be available by the end of the year. Whether these would be phones, tablets or netbooks like the Booklet 3G weren't mentioned.
Intel today at last launched its first Atom processor designed for smartphones and tablets. Once known as Moorestown, the Z600 and its companion MP20 hub are much more power efficient than regular Atom chips, especially in low-demand situations. It gets a strictly average 4-5 hours of battery life for cellular browsing or video viewing but over 10 days of standby and about 2 days of audio.
LG dashed hopes in an unusual fashion today by claiming the GW990 was just a concept device. Although it was scheduld for the fall at CES, the electronics giant now claims that it was never going to be a production device and won't be made. The apparent change of heart hasn't been explained.
Intel used the second day of its Developer Forum to unveil a new system-on-a-chip version of the Atom. Nicknamed Tunnel Creek, it will be based on the upcoming Moorestown Atom chip but will target computing in home users' embedded spaces: Intel suggests home media and phone tablets or in-car entertainment and nav systems. It will incorporate not just the memory controller but the graphics core as well, and in many cases it may not need an external chipset to handle other tasks.
OpenPeak on Tuesday gave companies a white box alternative to the iPad. The OpenTablet 7 is seen both as a media consumption device and as a home control device: through a combination of 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HDMI output, the 7-inch tablet can grab both music and videos from the local network as well as steer home theaters and home automation systems. It also carries 3G for those companies who want online-anywhere access.
LG focused most of its attention on its TV lineup, but it also staked new ground in the mobile arena with two new smartphones and further demos of its 4G network. The GW990 is so far the highlight; it's the first Intel-based phone and will run Moorestown, an upcoming version of Atom that uses a smaller chipset and low enough power for a phone. It should also run Intel's Moblin Linux, which hasn't been used in phones before but shows promise.