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The Worlds First Intel Powered Smartphone Coming In 3 Days

Eric McBride
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Nvidia's Tegra 3, Samsung's Eynos 4412 (along with their 5250 chipset), and Huawei's K3V2 chipsets have been the most commonly talked about processors in the past weeks, and the battle to get as much power packed into a phone/tablet is off to a good start in 2012. But there's another chipset maker that's also looking to get their hardware into our little green Andy, which would actually demo the worlds first Android powered smartphone running this particular architecture. We haven't heard much from them in terms of mobile devices, but that certainly doesn't make them a stranger to the game. In fact, it's quite the opposite, as Intel, the worlds largest and highest valued semiconductor chip maker in the world, will feature their chip in the first Intel powered Android smartphone in just 3 days from now.

The device is called the Lava Xolo X900 (Lava is the company producing the phone, and are an India based cell phone maker), and will be running Android Gingerbread (why?) on Intels Medfield architecture. It's based on Intel's 1.6GHz Atom Z2460, has a 4.03 inch LCD screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, and will be released with a 424 dollar pricetag for the Indian Market. It also sports an 8 megapixel camera, and it's said that it will see an update to Android Ice Cream Sandwich "shortly“ (uh oh).

Intel seems to be pushing the camera as a unique selling point of this particlular device, boasting that it's burst mode is capable of grabbing 10 shots in less than a second. The device can also record video in 1080P, and features 1080p HD video encoding/playback thanks to the 400MHz GPU. Intel also claims that battery life should be at 5 hours on 3G browsing, 45 hours of audio, or 8 hours talktime. Performance wise, the processor is only a single core chip, but according to reports, the CPU performance of the Z2460 easily beats the Samsung Galaxy Nexus due to its dual-core TI OMAP4460 and the A5-based iPhone 4S in terms of JavaScript performance. I guess we'll need to get our hands on it first before we can confirm that.

In terms of additional hardware, the Intel powered device has a standard micro USB slot along with a micro HDMI, a 1.3 MP front facing camera, stereo speakers, 2 microphones, 16 gigs of internal storage, and 1GB of RAM.

Well......ok why not! I mean no, it's not anything that makes us drool, especially when you compare it to current high end Android devices like the HTC One X or the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S3. But that being said, this is a big advancement for Intel, as it has taken them several years to finally release a chip suitable for mobile devices.

The X900 will be available for purchase in India on Monday, April 23rd, and we'll update this article when we recieve any news in regards to a North American or European release.

Picture credits: Slashgear

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  • Meekmeme Henry Apr 19, 2012 Link

    This must be a samsung site right

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  • Eric McBride Apr 19, 2012 Link

    Yeah...because when I write about an Intel phone being released, and mention HTC, Nvida, Tegra3, Huawei, and Samsung, it makes it abundantly clear that this is indeed a Samsung only website.

    :-D

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  • Jeremiah Apr 20, 2012 Link

    Who makes the phone itself? Intel? I don't see where you mention the phone manufacturer. Any plans for an US release?
    Oh.. and is this a single core chip?

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  • Eric McBride Apr 20, 2012 Link

    Hi Jeremiah!

    Nice to see you here as well as on the forums!

    I should have been more clear on this..sorry. Lava is the name of the company launching the phone. Its an India based cell phone maker. The processor is a single core chip, but according to reports, the CPU performance of the Z2460 easily beats the Samsung Galaxy Nexus due to its dual-core TI OMAP4460 and the A5-based iPhone 4S in terms of JavaScript performance.

    I guess we'll need to get our hands on it first before we can confirm that. I will add these details to the blog. No word yet on when it will come to the US and EU.

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