Intel has been making some pretty steady progress with their mobile processor lineup, and now some recent rumors have been confirmed. Today at MWC 2013 Intel has announced they'll soon be debuting their new Intel Atom dual-core processors, formally known as Clovertrail+. If the ASUS FonePad rocking a dual-core ATOM wasn't enough, Intel's now made it official.
Intel has not only confirmed new dual-core Atom processors will be taking the market by storm, but they also plan to release their much improved quad-core variants later this year - yet still be early enough to hopefully compete with the others. The new dual-core Atom is built on a 32nm processor fabrication and will be reaching speeds topping 2.0 GHz.
They've also confirmed 1.6GHz, and 1.2GHz flavors and all models will feature Hyperthreading, and GMA GPU's clocked at 533MHz. Intel hopes for good GPU performance, although it might not top NVIDIA, they should handle most gaming needs, HD video playback, and more. Then Intel also confirmed their new chipset will support cameras up to 16 megapixels, 1080p resolution and higher display support, and much more.
Interestingly enough Intel wants to skip the current 28nm processor fabrication powering most Cortex-A15 processors, and jump right to 22nm for their quad-core chipsets. If they can manage this they might have a serious competitor to the others by the end of the year. We've already seen a few phones from Lenovo and Motorola, but we can also expect partners to include ASUS (obviously) and ZTE in the coming months. It looks like between the Samsung Octa-core, NVIDIA's Tegra 4, Snapdragon 600 and 800, and now Intel things will be getting uber competitive this year. Stay tuned!