Motorola to Begin Shipping Tablets and Intel-Based Smartphones in 2012

Motorola has signed a multi-year multi-device partnership with Intel that will allow Motorola to design and produce phones and tablets powered by Intel’s atom processors and the Android platform.

Intel and Motorola are hoping the collaboration will combine Intel’s silicon processor technology with Motorola’s computing innovation to create high performance products with great design and long battery life.

The Intel processors in Motorola phones and tablets signifies a shift from the ARM-based processors that the cellphone manufacturing company has used previously,

“Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel® architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people’s lives wherever they may be,” said Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini.

The partnership with Motorola represents a new chapter for Intel, who have previously focused on laptops (like the deluge of Ultrabooks found at CES this year). Ortellini’s Intel keynote at CES revealed that the company is looking to smartphones as an important market as people become less concerned with the personal computer and more concerned with mobile computing.

Motorola and Intel did not give an exact release date for the new devices, but I would expect to see them beginning to hit store shelves later this year.

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