Back at CES, Intel showed off its reference design for mobile phones using its low-power Medfield platform and today Orange has announced an own-branded phone based on Intel’s platform which looks very similar to the reference model.
The Orange Santa Clara, which is only a codename and could change to the Orange London when the phone launches in the summer, will run Android 2.3.7 (updated to Ice Cream Sandwich soon after launch according to Orange) and will be powered by an Intel Atom 1.6GHz Z2460 processor with 16GB of on-board storage.
The phone has a 4in display with a resolution of 1,024x600, giving you a pixel density of 294ppi. The phone, which will be manufactured by Chinese firm Gigabyte, also features an 8 megapixel camera including a 10fps burst-shooting mode and 1080p video capture.
The new phone will be priced aggressively when it launches and won’t be challenging the likes of the Apple iPhone 4S or the recently announced HTC One X in terms of raw specs, but does promise to compete with these phones in terms of battery life and performance.
The phone will also feature a mini HDMI port, microUSB port, as well as HSDPA, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS, Wi-Fi b/g/n and NFC.
The phone’s availability, pricing and official name will be announced later this year ahead of an expected summer launch. We'll be looking to get some hands-on time with the Orange Santa Clara at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and bring you our first impressions of the Intel phone.
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