First Intel-based smartphone Lava Xolo X900 launches in India
Lava International is all set to heat up the Indian smartphone market as it launches Xolo X900, what Intel's CEO Paull Otellini is calling the "first Intel architecture-based smartphone."
Though there have been Intel-based smartphones in the past, the Lava Xolo X900 does still qualify as the first Intel-based Android smartphone, running Intel's first specifically designed mobile chipset.
Priced at Rs. 22,000, the new Lava Xolo X900 is powered by Intel's single-core 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 mobile processor (with Hyper-Threading), code-named Medfield. The device is scheduled to hit retail chains in early May - though it will be available exclusively in Croma outlets from April 23.
The Lava Xolo X900 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradeable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich) and features a 4.03 inch touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution (295 ppi), Near Field Communication (NFC) capabilities, and micro-HDMI. Intel's Atom Z2460 SoC comes with PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz. The Lava device also sports an 8MP and a 1.3MP front facing camera. The built-in storage will be 16GB, with microSD card support up to 32GB. The handset will come with 1GB of RAM ( 32-bit Dual channel LPDDR2).
Intel claims that the smartphones powered by its Z2460 processor can give battery back up to eight hours on 3G voice calling, six hours of HD video decoding, or five hours of 3G browsing, and standby time of 14 hours. Intel's processor is said to be capable of clocking at a speed of 2GHz. The Z2460 processor is based on Intel’s XMM 6260 HSPA+ radio with Hyper-Threading Technology.
The Xolo X900 was announced at the MWC event held earlier this year. Intel has also partnered with Lenovo, Motorola and Orange, which will also be coming up with phones with an Intel chip aboard in coming months. According to reports, Lenovo will be launching a K900 smartphone with Medfield chip next month.
The new Xolo X900 is considered to be a major breakthrough for Intel, which has stayed away from the rapidly growing smartphone market for years. Back in 2010, Intel had shown a LG smartphone based on Atom chip code-named Moorestown, but the device never reached customers.
Intel mainly provides chips for devices such as laptops, PCs and severs. The market dynamics have changed in past few years with users switching to smaller devices such as smartphones and tablets. Intel is now making attempts to enter the high-volume smartphones market, which is currently dominated by ARM's processors.
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