Orange Unveils Intel Atom based Smartphone for Europe

Nearly six after reporting on the possible availability of Intel atom powered smartphone, we recently got to know that European mobile operator Orange has finally announced their first Intel atom processor based smartphone, which will go on sale from June 6, 2012 for UK and France. This new smartphone is being called as “San Diego”. As we mentioned earlier on our post that this smartphone would be powered by a single core Intel atom Z2460 (PDF).

Intel Atom Powered Orange SmartphoneThe operating system of this smartphone would be Google’s very own Android 4.0. It has a 4.03 inch screen which is bit smaller than few other top end smartphone released by HTC and Samsung. However, this system-on-chip is quite capable of playing 1080p videos. It would have an Intel XMM 6260 communication processor which supports GSM, WCDMA, 3G/HSPA+ and other standards. One 8mp back camera and a comparatively smaller front facing camera would also be there.

Intel is pretty confident that their new chip will out perform many other ARM based dual core processor, regardless the fact that their’s one is a single core processor. It also admits that compare to the newer quad core chips, Z2460 would be much slower. Intel expects that up to 5 hours of 3G browsing, 45 hours of audio playback and 8 hours of talk time would be achievable from this smartphone.

“We are proud to be working with such an exciting partner as Intel, and offering our customers the first Orange Intel powered smartphone on the market. The San Diego is a great addition to our own-branded device portfolio, and is testament to our heritage in offering consumers great value innovation,” said Paul Jevons, director of products and devices at Orange UK.

“This is part of our strategy to grow into what we refer to as adjacent markets, whether that be premium high performance smartphone products in the mature markets or lower cost solutions in some of the emerging markets, and everything in between,” Graham Palmer, Intel’s country manager for the UK and Ireland told the BBC.

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