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CES 2012 | Summary: Intel's Keynote Speech

The Intel keynote speech at Las Vegas this year was dominated by smartphones, tablets and Ultrabooks with newly found partnerships between IBM, Motorola and Lenovo

Intel CEO Paul S. Otellini was the head honcho at this year's CES 2012 keynote address and as a whole, Intel is certainly feeling the fight against Apple, ARM, Google and others in the battle for market share in the rapidly developing mobile sector. As a direct response, Intel announced during its keynote speech a more direct and growing relationship with both IBM and Motorola.

Additionally, Intel has taken notice the quickly-expanding Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, who had been climbing up the ranks in terms of worldwide shipment numbers. Intel has announced a new partnership with Lenovo in an effort to more efficiently eat away market share from other big names in the mobile market.

Lenovo's president of mobile-Internet and digital-home-business division Liu Jun then took the stage to demonstrate the first Intel-based smartphone, the Lenovo K800. As the product of the new partnership between Lenovo and Intel, the K800 is expected to be delivered by sometime Q2 2012. Similarly, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha came onstage to announce the long term partnership with Intel as well.

Features of the K800 include an Atom CPU, 4.5-inch display, HDMI out, under 10mm (0.394 inches) thickness and NFC technology.

Intel also touched upon tablets and Ultrabooks. The chipmaker now expects over 60 different Ultrabook models to come to fruition by the end of this year. By the time Windows 8 rolls along, Intel will have Atom SoCs ready for the ever-expanding tablet market.

Of course, no Intel keynote speech is complete without an appearance by music artist The American rapper praised the Ultrabook concept, calling it the "new ghetto-blaster".

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Ronald Tiefenthäler/Allen Ngo, 2012-01-12 (Update: 2021-05-18)