The floodgates have finally opened here at CES 2012 and we've just played with Intel's reference design smartphone on the show floor. This prototype smartphone is running Android 2.3.7 on the company's Atom Z2460 Medfield processor we've recently heard about. Clocked at 1.6Ghz, the 32nm X86-architecture chip supports hyperthreading, Intel's graphics media accelerator for video and up to a 24 megapixel image sensor. The device has a 4.03-inch 1024x600 display, records 1080P video on its 8 megapixel camera on the rear, and has a 1.3 megapixel shooter up front. It's running on AT&T's HSPA+ network and has 16GB of built-in flash memory.

In terms of device performance, we experienced fluidity when flicking through the home screen and application page, and played Angry Birds and a device-optimized version of Modern Combat 2. The games ran smoothly with minimal visible lag, and the hardware itself felt a bit light in-hand. Mind you, though, that this prototype hardare is merely for demonstrating the company's new system-on-chip, and Intel's told us it plans on announcing a manufacturer partnership later today. Stay tuned!