Lenovo (HKG:0992) has announced that it will be using Intel-based (NASDAQ:INTC) hardware on two of its 4G-enabled devices in 2015. The phones will be powered by a 64-bit Atom CPU and will also feature Intel’s LTE-A modem. Both devices will be announced in the first quarter of 2015, with one device catered to a Chinese audience while the other aimed at emerging markets.
This will be the first 4G phone for Intel in China, a key global market for the vendor. This isn’t the first time Intel’s hardware was seen in a 4G device – the Asus PadFone X Mini featured a dual-core Atom Z2560 CPU – but this will be seen as a catalyst for Intel’s 4G push in China.
The inclusion of Intel’s LTE-A modem is also seen as a win in a segment which is largely controlled by Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM). Aicha Evans, a vice president and general manager of Intel’s platform engineering group, said that Intel was stepping up its efforts in the modem segment. “We think that we are one of the few companies that can do that,” she said. “We just think diversity is extremely important.”
Lenovo hasn’t detailed the hardware the upcoming phones will feature, and has only revealed that at least one device will be targeted at the mid-tier segment. Meanwhile, Qualcomm does not seem too concerned at Intel securing a win with Lenovo: “We are like on our fourth or fifth generation of LTE,” Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm’s chip business. “We have a sizeable technology advantage, and we like our position.”