Intel unwraps Atom x3, x5, and x7 processors at Mobile World Congress
At the Mobile World Congress today, Intel unwrapped a new line of Atom processors for entry-level phones and tablets. Known as the Atom x3 series, this lineup comprises chips formerly known under the SoFIA code name. These chips combine x86 Intel cores with integrated baseband modems and, oddly enough, graphics based on ARM’s Mali IP.
With the Atom x3 series, Intel has made certain concessions to cost and time-to-market concerns. The company has made fewer compromises with the Atom x5 and x7 series, formerly known as Cherry Trail. These are the first Atoms built using Intel’s 14-nm fab process, and they boast Intel Gen8 integrated graphics—the very same found in Broadwell.
Where the Atom x3 lineup targets entry-level phones and tablets, Intel expects the Atom x5 and x7 family to power everything from 7″ tablets to 10.1″ two-in-ones with prices ranging from $119 to $499.
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