Intel's Medfield made a big splash and both CES in January and Mobile World Congress in February. Intel didn't talk a lot about Medfield at CES. The company did unveil the first Medfield phone, the Lenovo K800, but so far that device is only headed for a Chinese release sometime this quarter. Mobile World Congress, on the other hand, yielded an announcement regarding what is to be Europe's first Medfield-based Android phone. Dubbed the Orange Santa Clara, the phone will run on European wireless provider Orange's network and is scheduled to launch this coming summer.
We already know that the Santa Clara packs a 1.6Ghz Atom CPU, but for those of you that can't bring yourself to wait that long to see how the Santa Clara performs against today's phones, we've got some interesting data for you. German blog Casych has run some benchmarks on the Santa Clara and posted the results (available here auf Deutsch). What you're looking at are the results of Qualcomm's Vellamo benchmark app. Casych also ran BrowserMark, which tests phones ability to render HTML and Java.
Of course, benchmarks aren't the be all and end all, but they do offer a good idea of how the device will stack up to the other devices currently on the market. For now, it looks like Intel's single core Atom has no trouble going toe-to-toe with some of the top Android devices available today. We'll know more when the phone ships this summer.