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CES 2019 | Intel intros Project Athena and there are no satellites involved

Intel's Project Athena is now official, first laptops coming in H2 2019 (Source: Intel Newsroom on YouTube)
Intel's Project Athena is now official (Source: Intel Newsroom on YouTube)
Previously used for a secret satellite internet project and a BlackBerry phone, Athena returns as the name of an innovation program by Intel "that defines and aims to help bring to market a new class of advanced laptops that are purpose-built to help people focus, adapt to life’s roles and always be ready."

Project Athena is a new initiative by Intel that aims to introduce a new class of portables "that are purpose-built to help people focus, adapt to life’s roles and always be ready." There is no word about pricing and detailed specs yet, so we cannot say yet if this is going to be an equivalent of Google's Android One effort for the notebook market.

In the past, we heard about the Athena secret internet satellite project by Facebook and the BlackBerry Athena handset. However, none of these two had anything to do with Intel. Now, it looks like the Project Athena devices will bring Windows and Chrome OS under the same banner. 

According to the brief official announcement by Intel, the Project Athena laptops come with "world-class performance, battery life and connectivity in sleek, beautiful designs" and are supposed to hit the market in the second half of 2019. It is almost safe to assume that these new machines will use the new Intel processors from the Ice Lake lineup.

What we know for sure is the impressive list of Project Athena partners, which includes big names like Microsoft, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, HP, Asus, Dell, Lenovo, Samsung, and more. You can find more details regarding the Project Athena and Intel's other innovations that have been unveiled at CES on this page.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-01- 8 (Update: 2019-01- 8)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.