Orange, a Mobile Operator company, has just announced an Intel Atom powered Android Smartphone. Dubbed as Santa Clara (which is a code name only that can be changed in near future), the phone has high performance based on Intel’s x86 chips that were historically used in personal computers and have now been refashioned with low-power technology to be used in energy-efficient smartphones with long battery lives.
Powered by an Intel Atom Z2460 Medfield-based processor clocked at 1.6GHz, the Santa Clara features an 8MP shooter (that will be able to take 10 images in one second, and shoot video at 1080p), a second 1.3MP front-facing snapper, a 4.3-inch (600 x 1024) display, and 16GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, the smartphone will be flavored by Android Gingerbread, with Orange promising to bring Ice Cream Sandwich soon after launch. Other features include NFC support, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi, GPS, HDMI-out, uses Intel’s XMM 6260 HSPA+ (21/5.7Mbps) baseband, and support for global GSM and 3G networks. The Orange Santa Clara measuring just at 123mm long by 63mm wide by 9.99mm deep and weighs 117 grams. It also has 14 days of standby battery life and eight hours of talk time.
The smartphone will debut this summer for customers in the United Kingdom and France — when the handset like HTC One S will arrive — though Orange still hopes to compete on price and name for this.