Intel is working on a hybrid phone that is going to borrow a few pages from Microsoft’s Continuum and Canonical’s Ubuntu Convergence. The smartphone is in its development stage and is designed to give you both a mobile and desktop experience. Under the hood is Intel’s custom Atom x3 processor with Android running the phone side of things and Debian Linux on the desktop once you dock the device.
The low power smartphone was reportedly manufactured by Foxconn under Intel’s guidance and features a 5.5-inch display with a 1280 x 720-pixel display, 2GB of RAM and storage capacity of 16GB. At the moment, the device is running on Android 5.1 but the report states that Intel is working on a Marshmallow 6.0 update.
Running on a low power processor means the phone can’t handle heavy task but it does surf through basic computer operations without many problems — and it’s noteworthy that the smartphone’s display does go off when you dock it to use Debian; however, you can still receive calls and perform most mobile functions via your desktop.
Unlike Continuum, interaction is only possible with one system meaning you can’t use your phone while in desktop mode but notifications about incoming calls and messages are displayed on the Linux user interface (Android OS runs in the background)
Though with a screen resolution limit of 720p (as the hardware isn’t powerful enough for higher resolutions), apps can be run in a resizable window and position anywhere on the display.
The Intel guys even showcased the device running multiple programs like LibreOffice, VLC (with a video playback), and Chromium.
The report states that if the device should ever to hit the market, it could sell for as low as $100 – making it cheaper than the Continuum and Convergence capable phones out there.
It will be interesting to see how well Intel moves forward with their idea in a device with such capability. the smartphone is also the first to feature a Hybrid chipset.
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