Intel-Powered Devices: Are They Really Worth all the Hype?

ARM-based chips like the Samsung Exynos, Nvidia Tegra, Qualcomm Snapdragon, and MediaTek MT are among the most commonly used Systems-on-a-chip (SoC) found on smartphones and tablets we all love. Apple also uses ARM-based chips for their iPhones and iPads. But, there are also a couple of handful devices now running on Intel-based SoCs.

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Last week, we saw 2 local mobile players releasing their first Intel powered tablets – the Engage 9i tablet by Starmobile and the CloudPad 800w by CloudFone (Read our head-to-head comparison of these 2 tablets here). With these releases, a hype sparked, which got us thinking: Are Intel powered devices more exciting than devices running on ARM-based SoCs?

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The Latest Updates from Intel at CES 2014
Latest Updates from Intel at CES 2014

The Latest Updates from Intel at CES 2014

Intel CEO, Brian Krzanick spoke at the keynote address the other day and presented the company’s plans and visions for the year 2014. His keynote presentation gave a clear idea of the upcoming new developments and innovations from the chip giant.

Latest Updates from Intel at CES 2014
Intel CEO, Brian Krzanick

The address resolved some suspense as well as flared up some new opinions.

First up, the speculation about the Android-Windows dual operating system ultimately got resolved at the conference, confirming the release of computers that run both Windows and Android OS’es. Next, Intel also announced partnership with fashion industry players and its introduction to “Jarvis” and “Edison” caught massive attention. However, the company’s announcement of changing the brand name McAfee to Intel Security can flare up a bit of controversy. (more…)

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Intel Launches Ivy Bridge Processors in Cebu

It’s quite obvious that we seldom talk about significant players in the PC business like Intel, perhaps due to the fact that we only see new product releases once a year; or every so often such company announces what’s next on its roadmap yet isn’t exactly of the interest of mainstream consumers.

I’m talking about financial reports and investor relations alike, as well those product development updates for enterprise customers such as the latest server chips and etc. But when we talk about new developments of Intel’s processors for mainstream users, there’s no doubt the chip maker earns substantial buzz in the tech arena.

You probably have already heard about Ivy Bridge since last year when Intel officially demonstrated such processor as the successor to Sandy Bridge. But it was just recently that Intel Philippines officially introduced the new Ivy Bridge processors here in Cebu. I’m not exactly sure though as to which the codename “Ivy Bridge” was named after (Intel processors codenames are mostly named after Places), but the first time you hear the name – it does sounds promising, really. Or is it? (more…)

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