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CES may just be the most amazing time of the year for all us technology enthusiasts. There's already been plenty of amazing new gadgets to come out of the convention, but none of them has been quite as cool as Intel's. 

This is the first "smartphone" running the chipmaker's smartphone platform, named Medfield. It's going to go head-to-head with the existing chipsets that other companies make, and it's going to do so with major force. Inside this rather ugly 4-inch piece of plastic is a 1.6GHz Intel Atom, GMA graphics, and an Intel modem. All of Intel's components are running Gingerbread, which isn't exactly what they should be showing off at CES.

The platform is capable of pushing out HD content from the micro-HDMI slot, as well as playing some relatively power-hungry games (like Modern Combat 2 that you see above) without skipping a frame. 

On top of the impressive performance, Intel is also touting the battery life that using Medfield will bring: 45 hours of audio playback, eight hours of talk time on 3G, 14 days of standby, and five hours of browsing the web on 3G. Of course, this was on a pre-release device with a 1460mAh battery, so when others start manufacturing with these chips, we could see different numbers.

Awesome stuff, right? Intel doesn't give a specific release date but I'm hoping that manufacturers pick this up sometime before summer. 

[Engadget]