Intel’s Journey in the smartphone market over the last 10 years was going pretty well, but then suddenly there was a very big downfall for intel due to the cancellation of its broxton smartphone SoC’s in April, 2016. Well, this was still not the end for intel SoC’s in smartphones because a deal between intel and Spreadtrum, which is an Asia based SoC Maker for the low-end market, kept making the Intel SoC’s For the low end market. These SoC’s contained Intel Atom X86 cores, graphics, Spreadtrum modems, and were reportedly made in Intel’s fabs.
The two chips that were made in the deal between Intel and Spreadtrum were the SC9861G-IA which was released in early 2017 and SC9853i which was released at the end of 2017. These chips were found in the senwa Smartphones with model number LS9718 and LS9918 that were released at the Mobile World Congress. The senwa smartphones are mostly found in the Latin, American and African Markets.
The latest sock to come out of the deal between Intel and Spreadtrum is the Spreadtrum SC9853i. The SC9853i uses about eight of Intel Atom cores clicked at 1.8 GHz. This SoC from spreadtrum also includes an Arm Mali-T820 Dual Core GPU, an 80p video engine and a camera resolution of 16 megapixel. The modem for the spreadtrum SC9853i is also compatible for downloads upto 300 Mbps.
The senwa LS9718 which is one out of the two phones to use the chips made in the deal between Intel and spreadtrum, is a pretty normal looking mid range priced phone, which has a 5.7 inch HD+ IPS Display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The phone also comes with 3GB of DRAM, internal storage of 32GB and a battery capable of 3,000 mag. On the rear side of the phone, it has a dual camera set-up which consists of a primary sensor of 16 mega pixel and secondary sensor of 8MP. In a press release issued by Senwa, they said that the Senwa LS9918 was also there at the MWC. Both the phones are seemingly similar, except for the fact that the Senwa LS9918 has a much more premium looking 5.99-inch HD+ IPS screen.
The Senwa LS9718 still heavily relies on the Android Software in order to be actually amassed for the Intel X86. A technology website AnandTech, somehow managed to do the benchmark test on the Senwa LS9718 at the MWC, 2018 which took about 10 to 20 minutes to complete. The phone had a score of 22.65 on Jetstream while running on the native browser. An image of the benchmark score of Senwa LS9718 compared to other smartphones is given below:
The greatest irony in this entire story was that between the time when MWC happened and a few days ago, an official announcement was made by both Intel and spreadtrum saying that they are extending their SoC coalition. Both the companies are reportedly going to work together to develop sources which are going to integrate Intel 5G modems and the reported deadline for this project is by the end of 2019. The only difference in this project compared to the earlier project is that now spreadtrum is going to use Arm CPU cores instead of the Intel X86 Cores. This makes the Senwa LS9718 and Senwa LS9918 to be the last Intel atom powered smartphones.