Intel antes up in the mobile game with another device

by: nathanAugust 23, 2012
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Megafon, the Russian carrier, has given us another treat in the form of the mid-ranger, the Megafon Mint. Intel is the engine behind this one, so let’s get used to seeing their name on more of our mobile devices.

The good thing about Intel getting into the mobile game is it breeds competition. The bad news is, carrier’s efforts thus far have been, to put it bluntly, tepid. There have been several other Intel-powered devices this year, the Lenovo K800 and Orange San Diego and they all have the same specs. Maybe this is the year of homogenized phones? Here’s the lowdown on the guts of this phone:

  • 1.6 GHz single-core Atom processor
  • 4″ 600×1024 touchscreen
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 8 MP rear camera, 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 16 GB of built-in storage, the usual connectivity options and NFC
  • A 1,460 mAh battery

The real jawdropper here is this phone comes with 2.3.7 Gingerbread. When will we stop seeing mid-rangers hampered by old dusty Android versions? The fact the OS comes with an overlay, SPB Shell 3D launcher, might be good or bad. It sounds handy, but with the specs of this phone, can it handle it? We think so.

Finally, if you feel compelled to get your hands on this snazzy little hotrod, MegaFon Mint is available today in the carrier’s retail outlets for $565 (17,990 rubles or €455, respectively).

  • MasterMuffin

    I would want to see 2 core intel inside nokia’s next windows 8 flagship phone!

    • Do you think Nokia could muster that sort of firepower after their failure to entice consumers to buy Windows Phones up to this point?

      • MasterMuffin

        Nokia made phones probably before you were born, so yes they can master that kind of firepower

        • Sondre Krumsvik

          Really? Nokia is good at making dumbphones, but I don’t recall any Nokia branded samrtphone that has been fast, easy, had firepower or been fairly priced (all nokia smartphones (that I know of) have been costing more than they are worth.) Nokia need to focus and get back in the game so they can create a new revolution.
          BTW: Nokia’s work = more impressive than the iPhone. (Yes I know it is out of context, but it is true.)

          • MasterMuffin

            I wrote a good and long replyto your comment but my phone lagged and it got deleted… -.-

          • Sondre Krumsvik

            Too bad :-(, but could you tell me if you disagree or not?

          • MasterMuffin

            Sorry not yet, going to go to sleep now and my battery is dieing, I’m going to be back in 11h and write my long answer again :)

          • MasterMuffin

            Ok it took 17 hours because I had work but now I’m going to answer :) so….

            You’re right, nokia > apple, and also mostly nokia > lg and zte and huawei and in some parts, nokia > samsung and htc. And when you said that you don’t know any phones from nokia that are fast and easy and fairly priced, NOKIA LUMIA 900. though some people don’t like it ’cause itdoesn’t have multi core and things like that, but it’s REALLY fast and easy and REALLY fairly priced. And nokia has some great engineers that can make great stuff like their camera technology, which is really awesome. Nokia can make a good phone, the biggest reason why their phones have been slow and sucked are because of that crappy symbian Os (it sucks so much). Now, they have cool looks, great Os, amazing camera technology and possibility to put lots of firepower in it, so they COULD make a super phone if they just WOULD make a super phone. It’s up to nokia to decide if they’re going to put everything they got in to a single phone.

            And btw, did you dislike all my comments o.O