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May
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Intel has been conspicuously absent from the mobile arms race in recent years but 2012 is the year the company changes all that. After a significant showing at CES this year, Intel has now teamed up with Orange to deliver San Diego. No, not the city, and get used to making the distinction. The San Diego is Europe's first Intel-powered Android phone.

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The 4.03" device will be powered by the 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460, and run on an HSPA+ network. The device also packs an 8MP camera, supporting 1080p video capture, and HDMI out. In an effort to keep up with the Joneses One X and the SGSIII, the camera also features a burst mode, boasting the ability to take up to 10 photos inside of a second.

Of course, the deciding factor for many of us is what version of Android it's running. Press shots confusingly show the ancient 2.2 and earlier style status bar, however the demo video above, as well as the device's page on Orange's shop, indicate that it is, in fact, running Gingerbread. Given how far behind Intel has been in the mobile world, it's not surprising they aren't ready to ship an ICS handset yet, but launching a flagship with Gingerbread in this mobile landscape is still going to be a very hard sell.

The device will pack 16GB of internal storage and launch on June 6th. If you want to sign up to hear more, you can give Orange your email address here.

Source: Orange

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Sumatori-kun

    Unless people start converting their apps to run on the x86 architecture, I don't see this taking off very well.

    • http://profiles.google.com/mechanizedapathy Shawn Brandel

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but apps could remain the same. It's the VM that needs to be converted.

  • FrazerMcIntosh

    Intel's first European Android phone and they let Orange put their horrible additions into it-_-

  • jebus

    Is that Spanish for "a whale's vagina"?

    • PaulAtreides

      Stay classy.

  • J Rush

    My favorite color is Red. So Orange is a no go. That, and I'm unsure of Intel. I'd have to see how well they do before I purchase a phone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonbethea Jonathan Bethea

    BUTT UGLY

  • http://twitter.com/Healthierthymes Healthier Thymes

    I want that clock widget.

  • fixxmyhead

    the statusbar in the first pix looks to be froyo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I find it ironic that a smartphone named after an American city is going to be launched initially here in Europe.

    Cosmetically it looks really generic, this smartphone will have to offer some good specs and performance to draw me and probably most other customers in.

    • GigiAUT

      True, it does look generic, but not everyone in the real world is like us on AP. There are people who just want a cheaper smartphone, regardless of performance and looks. Businesses maybe? Our entire department got Wildfires as company phones because they were cheap smartphones and we didn't need anything too fancy or flashy. Clear?

  • Tyler Chappell

    Nothing to see here.  Intel is just power hungry and wants to dominate every single cpu market, they can f off.

    • ssj4Gogeta

      Yeah right, like ARM and AMD and others wouldn't want to if given the opportunity.

  • ssj4Gogeta

    "to keep up with the Joneses One X and the SGSIII, the camera also features a burst mode"

    Intel actually have a much more powerful ISP than the others, from their acquisition of Silicon Hive. The phone takes 10 full 8MP images in a second.

    The handset appears to be the exact same as the Lava Xolo 900 - the rebranded prototype that Intel built for Atom. Reviews:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone 
    http://semiaccurate.com/2012/04/26/how-well-does-intels-new-phone-work-as-a-phone/ 

    The phone seems to have comparable performance to a mid-end Android device, even after the ARM-to-x86 binary translation it has to do for native code. And this with a 4 year old, in-order, single-core architecture. While I certainly hope they don't monopolize the smartphone CPU market, it'll be interesting to see what Intel can bring to the table with their process advantage.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I think you have a valid point there GigiAUT, that many people only require a run-of-the-mill smartphone which can do the essentials and maybe a few things more.

    Another potential obstacle could be the possibility of ARM vs x86 (as pointed out by Sumatori-kun), while there is a  worry about app incompatibility (as shown by the difference between Windows RT and standard Windows 8), there is also reason to worry whether the x86 platform can provide the performance that Android expects. It's early days for Intel and they have a lot of ground to cover.

    Having said that it would be could to have one CPU architecture for smartphones, laptops and desktops (I consider amd64 to be almost 100% x86 compatible in this case) as that means developers can spend more time improving their programs and less time porting them to different platforms.

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