Just about everyone knows how Samsung has built up an impressive number of Android-powered smartphones over the years, and they do not look as though they are going to stop the Android train anytime soon. However, a new rumor has been making its rounds, touting that the South Korean consumer electronics giant could be looking into the introduction of an Intel Atom-powered smartphone later in 2014 – which would be a departure from the usual Samsung Exynos and Snapdragon-powered devices, with South Korean publication DDaily pointing out that the Intel Atom Z3500 (also known as Moorefield, a similar chipset that was rumored to appear on the Nexus 8) will be running proceedings from underneath the hood.
Moorefield was first announced by Intel over at Mobile World Congress in February earlier this year, where it supports 64-bit architecture, sports a quartet of cores that have been clocked to a speedy 2.3GHz. It seems that the very same rumor points out that Samsung would put a cap of 1.7GHz so as to limit the total power consumed, all the while ensuring that the device does not overheat. Wise move, considering how a smartphone is so much smaller than a tablet or notebook, and will need to achieve that careful balance of performance and cooling. Other than that, it ought to continue in the Android tradition, so stay tuned!