Intel shows off Atom Z-series mobile processor

It's hard to get excited over a mobile phone chip, but when we tell you the riches that the Atom Z-series mobile processor might bring to your next smartphone, you'll understand the excitement.

Formerly known under the Moorestown codename, the Atom Z-series really does promise to turn your smartphone into a pocket-sized PC. Indeed, the same chip, albeit a little faster, will also be heading to tablet devices.

So what does a phone packing an Atom Z-series processor offer? Well, for a start, it offers more speed, whizzing through tasks at 1.5GHz. It also brings full 1080p HD to your phone when coupled with the next generation of screens. HD just like in your living room. But in your pocket, not to mention the option to record in it. It's also a multitasking maestro, able to control multiple windows and split-screen video conferencing. Again, just like a decent laptop. Talking of laptops, the processors should be able to offer web-like browsing too, no shaky layouts, slowdown or missing sections. Yes, YouTube as YouTube was intended. Only smaller.

But, you ask, what about the battery life? Well, that's the cherry on this particular cake. If Intel is to be believed (and there's no reason to say it isn't), battery life is said to be up to 10 days. Yes, you read that right. Obviously if you are hammering YouTube solidly, tha'ts going to be in hours rather than days. But in standby mode, your phone just keeps on and on and on.

So when will you see this wonderful chip in your smartphone? The second half of this year, says Intel. First on tablets, but later on Android and Nokia Maemo devices. Which could mean some impressive handsets doing the rounds in time for the Christmas market.

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