Anybody remember the LG GW990?  It was an Intel powered beast of a phone intended to show off the chipset makers capability in a Snapdragon world.  Nothing ever came from the GW990, and along with Intel’s difficulty producing tablet procs for Windows 8, all fell silent in the Intel camp as far as mobility (and, indeed, the future of the company) seemed to be temporarily up in the air.

Until a few days ago, when the big man at Intel Korea spilled the beans to The Korea Times.

“Intel’s chief executive Paul Otellini will release Intel’s first Android smartphone using our own platform at the CES.” – Lee Hee-sung, Intel Korea

An interesting development to be sure, CES 2012 is going to be a big event.  Mostly for all the old players in technology market that have tripped and slipped over themselves trying to penetrate a smartphone market that is being dominated by what were once companies left for dead, bit players, and web services.  Intel needs to show something big, whether it be pure processing power or battery sipping performance, because right now people have Snapdragon and Tegra 2 on their minds, not Medfield.

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