Intel still has a lot of work to if it wants to become one of the big players of the mobile SoC industry, but creations like Acer Liquid C1 will help the US-based company with its efforts.
At the Intel conference at CES 2013, the American semiconductor chip maker corporation displayed a smartphone developed around the Intel Lexington platform. Even though at the Las Vegas-based event the mysterious smartphone didn’t had a name tag, now we learn that it was Acer Liquid C1.
Acer Liquid C1 is powered by a 1.2 GHz Atom Z2420 processor hidden behind a 4.3-inch display. Coming pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the smartphone also packs an 8 megapixel camera, 3G HSPA+ connectivity and a battery life of 9 hours of 3G talk time.
The new Intel Atom-powered smartphone will become available as of February with an affordable price of $335, without contract.
The first country that will get its hands on the new Acer Liquid C1 is Thailand, followed after a short while by other Asian countries.
In an attempt to justify why Acer Liquid C1 will not be available on other markets, Intel’s Uday Marty said that the lack of LTE support would make the smartphone underperform in the countries where the 4G networks is becoming more and more popular.
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