Intel Renames Orange Santa Clara to Orange San Diego, Launches June 6by Brian Klug on May 31, 2012 6:44 PM EST
By now everyone should be fairly familiar with Intel's smartphone strategy - by partnering with both carriers and handset vendors, Intel hopes to quickly carve out a niche of the smartphone market and demonstrate a commitment to x86 for phones and tablets. The partners so far include Lenovo with the K800, Motorola with upcoming devices, and Lava with the Xolo X900. We've already taken a look at the Lava Xolo X900 device, which was based around the first iteration of Intel's FFRD (Form Factor Reference Device) and came away pretty impressed with Intel's first phone.
|Intel Smartphone Comparison|
|Device||Lava Xolo X900||Orange San Diego|
|SoC||Intel Atom Z2460 w/ 1GB LPDDR2 PoP DRAM|
|Baseband||Intel XMM 6260|
|Dimensions||123mm x 63mm x 10.99mm||123mm x 63mm x 9.99mm|
|OS||Android 2.3.x (4.0.x upgrade available OTA)|
The news today is about the Medfield device headed to Orange, which was previously codenamed Santa Clara and now formally named San Diego. Intel and Orange announced some availability details, including a launch date of June 6th, and pricing which is 199.99 GBP on Orange's pay as you go plan, or free with a 2 year contract. Orange's San Diego includes the same Intel Z2460 SoC and Intel XMM 6260 HSPA+ baseband we've seen before.
The Medfield platform here hasn't changed at all, but the San Diego does include a thinner form factor and some Orange-specific industrial design tweaks such as a rounded edge profile. The difference is subtle but made a definite difference in in-hand feel when last we played with it. The last we saw the San Diego was at MWC, where we snapped some photos of the device side by side with the traditional FFRD.