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The Intel ''San Diego'' Medfield Phone Gets Benchmarked

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Intel and Orange's San Diego gets the benchmarking treatment a week ahead of its launch.

Earlier today Intel and Orange announced that Europe's first Intel Medfield phone would be arriving in the United Kingdom next week, on June 6. Priced at £200 on an off-contract Pay As You Go basis, the San Diego is pretty cheap considering we live in a world where smartphones regularly cost upwards of five hundred big ones. However, the value of this device will also depend on how it stacks up against the competition.

 

Lucky for us (or anyone considering putting money down to buy one), the phone has already been benchmarked, so now we know exactly how the phone fares when it goes toe-to-toe with the competition. The guys over at Engadget put the San Diego through its paces with six different benchmarking tools, and compared the phone's performance to that of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Motorola Droid RAZR.

Not surprisingly, the San Diego didn't quite match up to Samsung's just released (and in a lot of places not yet released) flagship phone but it did come close to the GS III when it came to the SunSpider browser test. So how did Motorola do? It seems the dual-core RAZR was a better match for Medfield than the quad-core Exynos that powers the Galaxy S III. Engadget reports that the San Diego beat the RAZR in several tests.

Click through to Engadget for the complete story on benchmarking Intel's new baby.

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    huron , June 1, 2012 3:47 PM
    Interesting to see how well they've done (especially in Browser) against pretty quality phones. I had thought Intel completely missed the SoC market, but apparently they are not.
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    outlw6669 , June 1, 2012 3:48 PM
    Not bad at all... assuming battery life is there that is...
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    K2N hater , June 1, 2012 3:52 PM
    Why Android? This would be a perfect use for Win8.
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    outlw6669 , June 1, 2012 3:57 PM
    Probably because WP8 has not yet been released...
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    CaedenV , June 1, 2012 4:00 PM
    Cannot wait for WP8 on medfield... assuming Windows dosn't screw it up entirely.
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    jimmysmitty , June 1, 2012 4:08 PM
    If you consider the price ($200) vs that Razr ($599) and the fact that in everything but two its beating said Razr (keeps up in graphics) thats a pretty damn good deal so long as the battery life is near the Razr.

    Still $200 for no contract on a phone that performs that well would be great as thats what you pay normally with a new two year contract for a Razr like phone normally.
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    eddieroolz , June 1, 2012 4:25 PM
    $200 for this phone looks pretty good. The design is my type and performance isn't that bad. If only I can flash MeeGo onto it.
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    razor512 , June 1, 2012 4:41 PM
    pretty good, and if it is really $200 then that is great. Hopefully the CPU can be overclocked for even more performance when needed.
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    sync_nine , June 1, 2012 4:46 PM
    jimmysmittyIf you consider the price ($200) vs that Razr ($599) and the fact that in everything but two its beating said Razr (keeps up in graphics) thats a pretty damn good deal so long as the battery life is near the Razr.Still $200 for no contract on a phone that performs that well would be great as thats what you pay normally with a new two year contract for a Razr like phone normally.


    Read the article carefully, its 200 Pounds, not Dollars.
    Which roughly translates to 400 Dollars.
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 6:08 PM
    Um, no, $200 pounds is $306 dollars exactly. That is still roughly half the Razr.
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    Anonymous , June 1, 2012 6:45 PM
    Of course they leave the battery life benchmark to a separate article, that might muddle the intended message that Intel is supposedly competitive.

    CPU benchmarking for phones is dumb anyways. I recently upgraded from ye olden craptastic Android phone of ~2 years ago to the HTC One S, with the latest 28nm Qualcomm 1.5ghz dual core. TBH, the alleged 4x-ish the CPU performance and improved efficiency of ICS is hardly noticeable, the experience hasn't improved significantly. Battery life, however, is and will always be important, and Intel isn't in a position to be competitive there.
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    wildkitten , June 1, 2012 8:14 PM
    jimmysmittyIf you consider the price ($200) vs that Razr ($599) and the fact that in everything but two its beating said Razr (keeps up in graphics) thats a pretty damn good deal so long as the battery life is near the Razr.Still $200 for no contract on a phone that performs that well would be great as thats what you pay normally with a new two year contract for a Razr like phone normally.

    If the battery is removable and able to be swapped out, then it beats the Razr there.
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    youssef 2010 , June 1, 2012 10:59 PM
    And a new player emerges in the smartphone market. Let's see what Intel's deep pockets and infinite patience will do to the smartphone industry
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    ojas , June 2, 2012 8:56 AM
    lmao. Do you people seriously not realize that this is the exact same phone launched in India? All these intel smartphones (San Diego, Xolo 900) are based off a common reference design. In fact, that's what they are, THE ref. design.

    AnandTech benchmarked this phone over a month ago:
    http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone

    Has battery info too, page 6.

    wildkittenIf the battery is removable and able to be swapped out, then it beats the Razr there.

    iirc it can't be.