Orange’s new smartphone will be the first device to use the Intel Atom Z2460 processor. Closely based on the reference smartphone Intel displayed at the Las Vegas CES, the Santa Clara was announced by Orange in the ongoing Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Set for release this summer, it will be available only in France and UK.
Intel’s Entry into Smartphones
Intel has finally entered into the smartphone market and soon we will be seeing the ‘Intel Inside’ logo in smartphones too. Intel will lock horns against Nvidia that manufactures its chips and Arm. New Intel processors have staked its claim as giving higher performance with low power consumption. It has to be noted that old processors in Intel’s devices consumed a lot of power.
The Santa Clara
The smartphone will be manufactured by Gigabyte, a Chinese firm and according to Orange sources at the MWC; it is a mid-range, which is aimed at people buying their first smartphone. The handset is not made to compete with Apple’s iPhone or does not come closer to the high end gadgets set for launch by the Intel-Motorola partnership. The name Santa Clara is a code name as Orange is yet to decide on the real name of the new gadgets.
The smartphone will run on the Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform. It will have a 4.3-inch touchscreen display, and 16 GB internal memory. The Santa Clara will also come equipped with an 8 MP camera with an extra burst mode of 10 frames per second. With dimension 123 x 63 x 9.99 mm, it weighs 117 g.
The smartphone comes with a horde of preloaded apps too. Orange claims that the device will be slightly cheaper and will be giving outstanding performance and battery life. This, they hope, will attract many new smartphone buyers.