After years of prototype designs and multiple generations of Atom processors the first Android smartphone with an Intel CPU to reach retail availability will be the Lovo Xolo X900. The device, which sports a 1.6GHz single-core CPU based on Intel’s Medfield platform, will be available in India starting April 23rd, confirming the words of CEO Pal Ottelini. Other hardware highlights include 16GB of internal storage, 1GB RAM, NFC, and an 8MP camera taking advantage of a 10-shots-in-one-second burst mode. While Intel’s chip supports Android 4.0, the Xolo X900 will ship with Gingerbread (2.3).
There is so far no word on when the phone might be available in other regions. Those in India can pick it up for the rather affordable price of INR 22,000 (~$425). The Xolo will be joined by the Lenovo K800, the first phone to be announced with an Intel processor inside, sometime in May.
[via The Verge]
Uh huh, and has anybody even heard of Lava Xolo???
So many manufacturers are “scrambling” to get it that Intel had to make it themselves, basically.
Wait a minute… Why is it shipping with Gingerbread if it supports ICS? That’s a head-scratcher.
Probably because they started everything with Gingerbread and got it finished. “support” for an OS doesn’t mean you can simply jsut stick it on there. They probably have more than a few proprietaries to get from Intel or other vendors for certain parts.
Lava is an upcoming indian company..
The power button is on the top left. Would be awkward for me.
Doesn’t look too bad. Be interesting to see some real benchmarks from this to know how the processor stacks up.
Is that vanilla Android?
It might have a shot if it lacks extra skins :)
It’s not ICS so it’s of little comfort.
Well, I’d think that being without skins would expedite its upgrade to ICS.
Sometimes but not in all cases. It’s by no means a sure fire “upgrade” will come in the future.
Just look at the LG G2X.. =/
Ugly hardware running a terrible OS. Flop.
Get back in your cave, troll.
He just said right things about hardware.
Deadborned intel smartphone. Nothing else to be said.
Does Intel understand that it should do a HUGE branding/marketing shift in order to become a post-PC (such a stupid marketing term, especially considering that smartphones and tablets are small ‘personal computers’ too) player?
Brand ‘Intel’ does mean NOTHING for smartphones & tablets, will not work and without HUGE branding/marketing efforts will stick Intel in the PCs forever.
We have dynamic SAMSUNG, the world’s largest manufacturer of mobile processors, we have nVidia which isn’t able to explain how awesome Tegra3 is, we have smart bright but procrastinating Qualcomm. We have Texas Instruments, and TI is an outdated brand too. Intel is PC brand. It feels so.
‘Intel inside’ sounds and feels like ‘An elephant in a bathtube’.The same could be said and about ‘Windows’ brand. Metro? ‘An elephant with lollipop in a bathtube’.
Intel is a household name, that’s all that matters.
Stop and remember not everyone is a tech geek like those of us who browse sites like this.
THis is the problem with android ICS been out a while and phones are still shipping with old OS . IF you have new phones out at least have them ship with the new OS seriously
Ok… (Intel now in smartphones, no problem with that). But what isnt said directly here: If I wrote code that compiles to ARM and gets put out to
Android MarketplaceGoogle Play, will it “work” without a recompile on this/other Intel based handsets??? If so then is it ’emulated’ somehow. If not, there will be a lot of PO’ed people with a shiny new smartphone but no software…
I kinda wonder if Google saw that coming and was the reason they changed the market so developers could hide apps from phones that the app wasn’t supported on. Granted seeing messages for apps not being supported on all my devices isn’t what I always want to see, it’s better than loading the app only to find it not work right, or at all.
If you launch with Gingerbread in 2012, you failed.
One more big guy join this smartphone war. I’ve join the fan page to put my eyes on!
AND WHO IS XOLO??