Geeksphone makes the Intel switch with Revolution phone

The Spanish handset manufacturer will use a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 chip in its top-end phone, set to arrive in the first quarter of 2014.

A video from Geeksphone shows an Intel-based model outperforming the company's existing phone using a Qualcomm ARM processor.
A video from Geeksphone shows an Intel-based model outperforming the company's existing phone using a Qualcomm ARM processor. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET

Yup, the upcoming Geeksphone Revolution, a handset that'll run either Google's Android or Mozilla's Firefox OS, uses an Intel processor.

Specifically Geeksphone Revolution will employ a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor when it ships in the first quarter of 2014, the Spanish company said Friday. The company teased the Geeksphone Revolution in November, with one employee hinting that it had Intel inside.

Geeksphone is hardly a name-brand manufacturer, but Intel needs any help it can get in finding customers for its mobile processors in a market dominated by ARM chips from companies such as Qualcomm, Apple, Samsung, and Broadcom.

Geeksphone has yet to reveal pricing or share what the phone will look, but it did share some specifications Friday: a 4.7-inch IPS 960x540-pixel screen, a 2,000mAh battery, an HD-capable 8-megapixel camera with flash, and expandable storage.

The Geeksphone Revolution uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor.
The Geeksphone Revolution uses a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 processor. Geeksphone

Geeksphone rose to prominence through its early support of Firefox OS, a browser-based mobile operating system from Firefox developer Mozilla. It runs Web apps rather than software compiled to run natively on its processor, an approach that gives developers more flexibility about underlying hardware.

Android also insulates programmers from chip details through its use of a Java-like virtual machine layer. However, many Android programmers have written native components for their apps that work only on particular classes of hardware, so not all apps are easily portable.

Geeksphone is working on a new Firefox OS phone called Revolution, but it's not ready to share details.
Geeksphone is working on a new Firefox OS phone called Revolution, but it's not ready to share details. screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET
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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.

 

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