Intel’s smartphone with Medfield chips were recently launched in India, China, UK and Russia. But the smartphone disappeared from the US market attributed to the lack of LTE support. The current x86 SoC’s do not support LTE network.
But Intel has informed that a modem solution could be made available by the end of 2012. Intel plans to start the production of LTE capable Medfield chips in 2013. Devices currently available in the market which use Medfield x86 Atom SoC include:
- Lava XOLO X900 which was exclusively launched in India
- Megafon Mint, a Russian device
- ZTE Grand X IN which will be released in Europe soon
- Lenovo K800 which has been launched in China
- Orange San Diego which is currently available in UK market
- Motorola RAZR i which will be soon available in Europe and South America
With 4G becoming really dominant in major countries, LTE support has become more than necessary for mobile devices to survive in such markets. Intel’s Director of Product Marketing, Sumeet Syal agreed that LTE support is something lacking in Medfield chips. He also added that 4G support is currently in the pipeline and consumers can expect LTE products from Intel in 2013.Hopefully US market will see products with LTE capable Medfield chips by that time.