Intel Testing Core M Chips In Smartphones

Intel Testing Core M Chips In Smartphones
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Intel is ready with its promising Skylake processor for use in all types of PCs. Very soon the new chip could also become available inside a PC-on-a-stick. However, it appears the Core M processors might also be further reduced in size to be used in smartphones as well. The chip maker says it is already testing them on smartphones.

Intel Core M chips in phablets

On Wednesday, during a keynote speech at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Intel’s Kirk Skaugen accidentally mentioned that the company has plans of putting the Core M chips inside phablets, and is already working on it, noted Engadget. While many people might not be interested in carrying a phablet, this news could prove important for users who wish to have a single computer that can be carried around everywhere.

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Intel has been producing chips for the smartphones for some time, but with minimal success to date. The loss on phone chips every year amounts to billions of dollars for the chip maker. Intel has not been able to match market-leader Qualcomm as it does not have competitive technology and deal-making ability. But this could change soon with Intel’s new Core M chips.

Intel claims that its Core M chip can deliver twice the performance of an iPad Air 2 with comparable battery life. They has been designed in a manner to automatically speed up to high levels of performance, and then reduce to minimum levels as per the user’s need. This feature was not available in previous Intel processors, and this is exactly what a user needs in a phone, says a report from Gizmodo.

Core M Chips and Windows 10

For Windows 10 devices, it makes more sense to use Intel’s Core M laptop and tablet chips than Qualcomm’s provided Intel is able to reduce the size further, notes Gizmodo. The Intel chip also has the right architecture to run the legacy Windows app.

Continuum for Phones is a pretty amazing new feature introduced by Microsoft in Windows 10 for Phones. Future smartphones running on Windows 10 will be able to enjoy a Windows 10 desktop feel with this new feature. All the apps and interface will fit themselves once a user connects the phone wirelessly or with cables  into a keyboard, mouse and monitor.

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