Whilst Mobile World Congress is in it’s wrap up stages, that doesn’t stop Intel showing off a reference device running their all new Dual-Core and Quad-Core 64-bit processors aimed at Smartphones.
Of course the real advantage of 64-bit Smartphones is yet be really be seen, the latest Qualcomm SnapDragon 801 that all the latest Smartphones announced run, such as the Sony Xperia Z2 and Samsung’s S5, are all still 32-bit so we’ll have to see what advantages come to play.
The two different chips named Merrifield and Moorefield, will be landing in 2014, with Merrifield arriving in the first half, Moorefield will follow in the second half. Both support LTE, and both were shown off on stage at the press event in reference devices by Hermann Eul, VP of Mobile and Communications at Intel. Both come with a set of pretty bold, yet not completely unrealistic claims based on previous Intel efforts in mobile.
Energy efficiency and long battery life is one of the top priorities with the new 64-bit processors, while still maintaining a high level of performance. “Stellar graphics” are also promised as is support for “more advanced sensors” without being specific on what they might be.
In the Q&A session, when asked which area of the mobile market each chip is aimed at, the response was clear. Merrifield is capable of powering a high-end Android device, but is perhaps more mainstream. Moorefield “outperforms other CPU’s” and is targeted at the top end devices.
Intel powered Android devices have been a bit of a mixed bag thus far, remember the Motorola and Lenovo devices …. exactly neither do many, but its battery life claims at least don’t go unfounded. On stage Intel pointed out on more than one occasion that it is a “64-bit company,” but we’ll leave final judgment on how good Merrifield and Moorefield actually are until we see them in devices.