Mike Bell, Intel's mobile chief, says his company has the software and systems competence to be the most successful.
"To be successful in this industry, simply building chips is insufficient," said Bell. "We can write software that helps us get the most out of our hardware."
As a result, even though Intel's mobile chips don't yet have multiple cores (the best-in-class ARM chips have as many as four cores), the speed tests aren't even that close.
"It's a question of whether you'd rather have a jet engine or two propellers," said Bell.
Bell said that when mobile chip designs start getting smaller and smaller -- more than halving their current size down to 14 nanometers -- it's going to be difficult for many less-experienced companies using ARM's platform to manufacture something like that.