Following the big announcement over in Las Vegas at CES regarding Intel's mobile focused Medfield Atom processor, the silicon giant is showing off a reference model at its booth at the big tech expo and Pocket-lint was on hand to get hands-on.

The Android Gingerbread smartphone, which will be available to programmers as a development unit ahead of the big Intel mobile push (or indeed skinned and sold by phone companies) boasts a spec sheet that would put it on par with most high-end Android handsets. When we benchmarked it using the stock browser on Browser Mark it scored a whopping 114,067. The Intel rep didn't like us doing this though and wouldn't let us photograph the evidence. Boo indeed.

Gameplay and video, as you'd expect, were flawless.

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The performance is down to the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 CPU, backed up by 512MB of RAM. It also has a gorgeous 4.03-inch, 1024 x 600, display and a rear 8-megapixel camera that can shoot 1080p video. Remember, the 32nm X86-architecture Medfield chip supports Intel's graphics media accelerator for video and up to a 24-megapixel image sensor - so we can expect big things on the display and camera front down the line.

There's a 1.3-megapixel camera up front and the battery life is pretty impressive thanks to the 1,460mAh pack. There's 14 days of stand-by, 8 hours of 3G talk-time, 6 hours of HD video or 45 hours of audio. Not all at once obviously.  

As for the maker of the phone, Intel were keeping tight lipped, but a company rep's hint kind of gave the game away. It's a big phone manufacturer, with plenty of Android experience, based in Taiwan. We've put two and two together and come up with HTC... or Acer... or maybe Asus.