US chip titan Intel on Tuesday announced it will move into the booming smartphone market with a China debut of a handset made by Chinese computer powerhouse Lenovo.
“The best of Intel computing is now coming to smartphones,” California-based Intel’s chief executive Paul Otellini said during a presentation on Tuesday at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
“It is coming first to China, the largest market for smartphones in the world.”
The smartphone features a rich 4.5-inch multi-touch screen and can stream video wirelessly to Lenovo television sets.
The smartphones will run on the China Unicom network when they are released in the second quarter of the year.
The smartphone’s price has yet to be finalized, but could fall in the US$600 to US$700 range, according to Lenovo.