Intel, Microsoft Unite For Low-Cost Windows 10 Smartphones

Intel and Microsoft have come together to offer a Windows Phone running on a chip from the former. As of now, there are no Intel-based Microsoft phones available, but that is going to change when Windows 10 arrives later this year.

Intel, Microsoft Unite For Low-Cost Windows 10 Smartphones

Windows 10 on both Intel, ARM

Presently, Windows phones are packed only with ARM-based processors from Qualcomm. Windows 10 will also work on ARM systems, but will also be compatible with Intel’s x86 chips.

Intel will power the Windows 10 mobile OS, and the phablets will be packed with Intel’s upcoming Atom X3 chips, dubbed “Sofia,” as announced by the chip maker at the Mobile World Congress. Devices that will run on X3 chips will come with a price tag of $75 to $249. Additionally, the X3 chips will be offered in Android handsets.

With Windows 10, Microsoft wants to give an experience that is consistent across phones, tablets and PCs. However, one thing that will be interesting to watch is how the software giant will design its applications so they run smoothly on both x86 and ARM even though they have completely different instructions sets.

Will Wintel be a hit in mobile?

For some time, Intel has been weighing the idea of supporting Windows Phone but was not convinced with the slow adoption rate of the OS, says a report from PC World. However, despite supporting Android phones because of their widespread adoption, Intel has not gained any substantial turf in the smartphone market yet.

In 2014, Windows-based phones totaled only 34.9 million, garnering a market share of just 2.7%. In contrast, Android smartphones totaled 1.06 billion, an 81.5% market share. Also Apple iOS devices totaled 192.7 million, capturing a 14.8% market share, according to IDC.

Aicha Evans, vice president and general manager of Intel’s Communication and Devices Group, believes the popularity of the Windows mobile operating systems will rise in the coming time.

“We consider that very important,” Evans said.

Microsoft and Intel have been partners for a long time. Their partnership, popularly known as Wintel, dominated the PC market. The chip maker is expecting to boost its performance in the handheld devices segment by partnering with Android and Windows 10.

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  • – = + theprimerfield

    Wintel smartphone? The smartphone w1 i is close to ready (testing it on a arm powered 640) if intel AND MS are serious about this and one variant of official window 10 smartphone is wintel. I’m in .i have been using wintel for ages . Itsc is a huge bonus (especially with msi/x )who knows maybe ms will change default time for msix from lapic to invariant time stamp counter. one thing is sure ,the only way intel and Ms Will be taken seriously on smartphone Wintel or telwin.anything less and user will feel cheated (and user will wonder why intel and Ms aren’t taking this seriously.wintel isn’t number one by luck.telwin has shown multiple time what they re capable of.userknow about this .now telwin is victim of it own success .user demand similar experienceon smartphone .butintel and windows didn’t want wintel in smartphone with the result you see. Arm too give chunk of the market. Hopefully telwin or wintel is brought online .only this might convince user .anything less then wintel or telwin and people will just be annoyedand go grab alternative

  • AMRooke

    We don’t need more bargain WP devices, WE NEED A HIGH END FLAGSHIP!!! The early adopters, and often the most vocally proponents of WP need to replace aging 920s and 1020s, but there isn’t a current flagship available, nor has there been a true flagship for WP since the 1020, almost 2 yrs ago. The 930/Icon was close, but went cheap on the display (no Glance) and was barely available in the US. The HTC One was a decent mid-range device, but went cheap on the camera. Come’on MS and others, make the phone that we have been requesting for years. You want the US market, this is a requirement, and this of us who have remained loyal regardless of this continuing oversight can’t wait much longer.

  • coip

    I hope this results in Microsoft going all in on Windows 10 on phones by truly making them portable PCs: launch a Surface Phone flagship with an x86 Intel chip, 4GB of RAM, expandable storage, and a docking station to further expand it: HDMI, USB, etc. Then I carry my phone with me from work to home, dock it in to an external touchscreen monitor and I’ve got a killer portable PC/phone.