Intel has been trying to work its way into the mobile phone sector for years now and it had seemed like it would still be some time before they hit the market. But today it has launched its first commercially available product in partnership with Orange. Continuing the latter's city themed naming scheme, it's called the Orange San Diego.
The phone runs Android and has many of the latest must have features including an 8megapixel camera with 10-shot burst mode, 1080p video recording and HDMI output. It's built round a 4in capacitive LCD touchscreen with a resolution of 1,024 x 600 pixels – an impressive screen spec for this calibre of phone.
The Intel processor at this phone's heart is a variation on the long running Atom range, specifically the Z2460, which incorporates the XMM 6260 platform. Intel and Orange think this dual-core processor will provide plenty of performance white maintaining great battery life (14 days standby).
The handset is launching next week and will be available for a very modest £199.99 on PAYG or for free on £15.50pm 24 month contracts.
We're on hand with the phone and will be back with more pictures and our hands on impressions very shortly.