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Intel's First Medfield Phone to Launch June 6 on Orange

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It's been a while since we last heard anything about Intel's first Europe-bound Android phone, the Orange Santa Clara. First seen at Mobile World Congress in February, the phone was actually confirmed by European wireless carrier Orange as the first Intel-powered Android device. Now, nearly four months later, we've got a release date for the device.

Intel and Orange today unveiled the device officially and announced a launch date of June 6, which is next Wednesday. The companies have done away with the Santa Clara codename and are instead going with another U.S. city for the official name of this device. Dubbed the Orange San Diego, the phone boasts Intel's Atom Z2460 processor, a 4.03-inch display, support for HSPA+, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and an 8-megapixel camera that comes complete with a burst function that takes 10 photos in under a second. The downside? It's running Gingerbread and Orange didn't mention anything about serving up Ice Cream Sandwich in time for the hot summer ahead.

The launch of the San Diego comes just over a month after the launch of the first phone with Intel inside. Intel recently teamed up with Lava International Ltd, a cell phone company in India, to produce the Xolo X900. Launched in April, the X900 features a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 (AKA Medfield) with Intel Hyper Threading Technology, 400 MHz graphics, a 4-inch 1024 x 600 display, full 1080p HD video encoding and playback, a 1-megapixel camera up front, an 8-megapixel camera in the back, and support for HSPA+ 3G connectivity.

The San Diego will be available on Orange Pay As You Go for £199. No word on whether or not Intel plans to partner with a U.S. carrier to produce a similar device that will be available stateside. In the meantime you can check out a demo of the San Diego below:

Orange San Diego Medfield

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    ananthu123 , June 1, 2012 9:02 AM
    I thought the first was the LAVA Xolo, launched a month ago.
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    mayankleoboy1 , June 1, 2012 9:45 AM
    But that doesnt exist because it was not released in USA......
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    danwat1234 , June 1, 2012 9:59 AM
    But can it run dos 6.22 within a Virtual PC 2005 virtual machine within windows XP?
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    mcvf , June 1, 2012 11:04 AM
    Jane, do we have some information about how quickly it drains battery when compared to other ARM/Android phones?
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    back_by_demand , June 1, 2012 12:46 PM
    ananthu123I thought the first was the LAVA Xolo, launched a month ago.

    Well done, reading fail...
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    The launch of the San Diego comes just over a month after the launch of the first phone with Intel inside. Intel recently teamed up with Lava International Ltd, a cell phone company in India, to produce the Xolo X900.

    Did we get bored by the end of the second paragraph?
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    warezme , June 1, 2012 1:19 PM
    why are all atoms always stuck on 1.6ghz?
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 1:40 PM
    According to Anand, it had the best performance per battery life so batterly life was quite good. Only the very latest ARM phones (HTC) performed better but at the sacrafice of battery life. It actually sounds like an excellent reference platform, but I imagine it gets real in 2013 when Intel gets baseband on silicon, refreshes the ATOM, and goes 22nm while adding HD4000 GPU.
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    ananthu123 , June 1, 2012 1:45 PM
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    Did we get bored by the end of the second paragraph?


    Kind of, but the headline said "First".

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    But can it run dos 6.22 within a Virtual PC 2005 virtual machine within windows XP?


    And the next question can be: "But can it run crysis?".
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    eddieroolz , June 1, 2012 4:18 PM
    It's rather unfortunate that it's running Android, and a 2-year old variant at that. It would be lovely to see MeeGo or similar on it.
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    blazorthon , June 1, 2012 4:27 PM
    eddieroolzIt's rather unfortunate that it's running Android, and a 2-year old variant at that. It would be lovely to see MeeGo or similar on it.


    If it was running ICS, then I don't think that it would be unfortunate.
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    danwat1234 , June 1, 2012 8:43 PM
    SerialNewsLinkAccording to Anand, it had the best performance per battery life so batterly life was quite good. Only the very latest ARM phones (HTC) performed better but at the sacrafice of battery life. It actually sounds like an excellent reference platform, but I imagine it gets real in 2013 when Intel gets baseband on silicon, refreshes the ATOM, and goes 22nm while adding HD4000 GPU.

    And then in 2014 with 14nm !
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    ojas , June 2, 2012 7:37 AM
    mcvfJane, do we have some information about how quickly it drains battery when compared to other ARM/Android phones?

    Yeah: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone/6

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    Dubbed the Orange San Diego, the phone boasts Intel's Atom Z2460 processor, a 4.03-inch display, support for HSPA+, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1, and an 8-megapixel camera that comes complete with a burst function that takes 10 photos in under a second. The downside? It's running Gingerbread and Orange didn't mention anything about serving up Ice Cream Sandwich in time for the hot summer ahead.

    It's exactly the same phone as the Xolo 900. And afaik the ICS update is "promised" for the Xolo so obviously the San Diego (Santa Clara was a better name imo) would get it too. When? No clue.