We know that Intel has been attempting to break into the mobile market and compete with the likes of Qualcomm and NVIDIA, but so far there have only been a couple of Intel powered smartphones, most notably the Motorola RAZR i. However if hints from a Microsoft executive are anything to go by, it would seem like future Windows Phone devices could be powered by Intel’s mobile processor. During an interview held by Computerworld at CES, Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan did not deny that there could be a possibility of an Intel-powered Windows Phone device. According to Sullivan, he claims that the architecture of Windows Phone is hardware independent and likened the possibility of an Intel Windows Phone to that of Windows 8 tablets which are currently also powered by Intel’s processors.
Apparently the idea of an Intel Windows Phone device is looked upon favorably by Intel themselves as Hermann Eul, President of Intel’s Mobile Communications Group, revealed that the company was open in supporting the Windows Phone platform with its x86 chips, although this plan would be dependent on the success of Windows Phone itself. Basically Intel is waiting to see if Windows Phone is lucrative enough to give them a return on their investment before making a move. While no doubt Windows Phone 8 is doing a lot better compared to its predecessors, we’re thinking this could take a while as Windows Phone is still way behind both iOS and Android in terms of market share.