India Gets the World’s First Intel Medfield-Powered Phone

After Intel’s CEO told investors that the first smartphone using the Medfield processor would go on sale this week, speculation has been rife as to which phone it would be, with the majority of people backing Lenovo’s K800. This was the first Medfield phone to be made official, making it logical to assume it would be the first to go on sale, however Lenovo has been beaten to it by Lava International.

You’re probably thinking ‘who?’ While Lava International isn’t well-known here, in its home country of India it’s considerably more popular, and it’s the company’s Xolo X900 that has taken the honour of being the first Intel Medfield-powered smartphone to go on sale.

Based on Intel’s reference design hardware, the Xolo X900 has a 4-inch, 1024 x 600 LCD touchscreen, an 8 megapixel camera with the ability to shoot 1080p video, 16GB of internal storage and an NFC chip too. The standard operating system is Android 2.3, but an update to Android 4.0 should arrive later in the year.

Inside is the 1.6GHz single-core Atom processor, along with 1GB of RAM, and on the rear of the phone’s casing is the ‘Intel Inside’ logo – ensuring the X900 is easily separated from its peers.

On sale from 23 April, it’ll cost 22,000 rupees locally, which converts to around £260 at today’s rates. That’s SIM-free too, which puts it on a par with the HTC One V and the Sony Xperia U.

So while it’s a shame we don’t have a Medfield phone here in the UK yet, it’s likely the Orange Santa Clara will be next in line. Initially said to go on sale in the summer, the Santa Clara is also based on Intel’s reference design, meaning it will share the above specifications too.

Both Motorola and ZTE are also set to introduce Medfield hardware, although no official announcements have been made.

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