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Intel finally gets Android 4.0 running on its prototype smartphone: Hands-on video

Intel has been trying to break into the mobile market for years, but so far, nothing has worked. ARM processors are used in virtually all smartphones, tablets, and other portable devices, leaving Intel with little more than PCs and laptops when it comes to consumer gadgets. That could change soon. This year, Intel finally seems to have gotten its mobile act together. The phone you see in this video is an Intel reference design for a smartphone that runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). When we saw this phone at Mobile World Congress back in February, it was still running Android 2.3, but Intel appears to have caught up. The new model running Android 4.0 doesn’t have as many fancy apps and isn’t quite optimized yet, but it shows promise. Aside from the boxy, bland styling of the phone, it’s almost impossible to tell it apart from ARM devices, which is good.

The phone still runs on a single-core processor, but thanks to Intel’s Hyper Threading technology, it runs as fast as most dual-core devices. We ran a Quadrant benchmark test on it, and it scored about 2,900, which is a very respectable score. We didn’t notice any slowdown either.

There aren’t currently any Intel smartphones available in the US, but there are a few models making their way to different countries in Europe and Asia.