We've known about Intel and Motorola's partnership for some time, and we've even seen the chip giant's Medfield platform powering prototype handsets. Today, a leaked render obtained by PocketNow purportedly shows the first Motorola-built, Intel-powered Android smartphone, running Ice Cream Sandwich with a new version of the Motoblur UI. And if you look closely, you'll notice what seem to be Galaxy Nexus-style on-screen buttons below the main viewport.
It's also claimed that the unnamed device will be making its first public appearance in a couple of weeks, at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. That's certainly possible, but remember that Motorola's Sanjay Jha said at the Intel keynote that phones wouldn't hit carrier testing until the summer, with launches coming after that.
Of course, there's no way to verify that this thing is running an Intel chip just by looking at a render. And as is always the case with leaked renders, the finished product may end up looking nothing like this. Time will tell. What is certain, though, is that we'll have full coverage of whatever's on show at MWC in the days ahead.
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