Motorola EDGE Intel-powered Android smartphone to be unveiled on September 18?
EDGE is that pre-3G tech you used to curse at because of how slow it was. But EDGE may also be what Motorola’s first Intel-powered smartphone will be called.
The now Google-owned phone maker has just announced its second big event in September, this time taking place in London on the 18th (and not crashing any competitor’s party this time around). Unlike Moto’s September 5 gathering, which will see it introduce new smartphones for Verizon (probably both the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR M), the London thing will be about another kind of device entirely.
The famed, and sometimes rumored, Intel-powered Motorola smartphone. In January, Moto announced that ‘Intel Inside’ devices would be coming soon, and now it seems we’re less than a month away from the unveiling of the first one. Which, by the way, could look like this render leaked in February.
I’m going out on a limb here, but I think this Intel device will be called Motorola EDGE. It makes sense, from a branding perspective – it’s still a four letter construction (and Moto loves those). And look at the invite you can see above – see how EDGE is the biggest word in there?
But perhaps the biggest clue, I think, is the Twitter hashtag Motorola chose: #motoedge. Now, this wouldn’t make much sense if EDGE isn’t what the smartphone is going to be called, now would it? Also note that Motorola loves to abbreviate its own name to Moto when talking about products, so it fits better with the four-letter device names.
So don’t take my word for it, but I think we’ll be seeing a MotoEDGE soon. Then again, we may not. The only way to be sure? Check back with us on September 18.
Anyway, the Intel smartphone by Motorola is expected to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, unlike all the other Intel-powered Android devices launched so far. We have no other details about this phone just yet, but in terms of specs it will probably be close to Intel’s reference design for its Medfield mobile platform. All of the already announced Medfield devices (the Lenovo K800, Lava XOLO X900, Orange San Diego, and MegaFon Mint) have been basically rebranded versions of that reference design. Motorola’s will probably be the most tweaked yet, but don’t expect earth-shattering hardware to make it in.
With the backing of Google itself (through its subsidiary), Intel is sure set to become a respected chip maker in the mobile world, after many years of trying and failing to achieve that status. So the future holds even more competition in this space, which can only be good for us consumers.
Via Phone Arena