Intel powers new Motorola smartphone

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Motorola Mobility is to launch its first Intel-powered smartphone in the UK on 18 September, the company has confirmed.

The identity of the Intel chip that will feature in the device is not yet known, although rumours suggest it could be the Medfield chip, which powers the Orange San Diego device.

The new device launch is the first major product development to be announced since Intel unveiled Google as its latest partner at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

Motorola Mobility was acquired by the internet search giant approximately 12 months ago.

Intel has described smartphone chips as a "big part of the company's future," but told the BBC News site it would not be focusing solely on developing faster processors.

"Faster speeds only get you so far. It is really all about user experience and the responsiveness of the device and less about speeds and feeds," Mike Bell, Intel's vice president for mobile, told the BBC.

Little has been revealed about the new phone, other than the launch date. However, industry watchers suggest it could be a new version of the Razr.

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