Intel Medfield-powered Lava Xolo X900 gets benchmarked, performs surprisingly well

by: AdrianApril 26, 2012
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We’ve been waiting for a while now to see Intel make its push into the mobile CPU market and challenge Nvidia and Qualcomm’s leading positions in the industry. While we didn’t expect much from the Lava Xolo X900, the first smartphone to be powered by a Medfield processor, we might be in for a surprise.

The X900 has just been released in India, the only market where it is currently set to make an appearance, and the first tests and benchmarks, conducted by the guys at Anandtech, show that this little guy is no pushover. Even though it’s powered by a single-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, the Xolo X900 should prove a worthy competitor for several dual-core smartphones these days, in terms of raw performance and speed.

Anandtech’s tests ranged from benchmarks measuring browsing performance, low level FP performance, and flash rendering speed, to GPU performance and battery life. In most of these tests, the X900 was bested by HTC’s One S and X, two of the most powerful smartphones of the moment, which shouldn’t come as a surprise for anyone.

However, the first ever Intel Medfield phone held its own very well against the Samsung Galaxy S2, the LG Optimus 3D, or the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, all featuring snappy dual-core chips and considered some of the best high-end devices of the past year or so.

The Xolo X900 really excelled in terms of Javascript performance, where it managed to beat all its competitors, including the One X, but also in the BrowserMark and Linpack benchmarks, where it came second to HTC’s One X and S respectively.

Aside from the couple of tests that showed Intel’s strong suites and the slew of benchmarks where it came right behind HTC’s hero devices and/or Moto’s Droid Razr Maxx, the benchmarks also revealed the Xolo X900′ weak points. GPU performance is not great, with the 4-incher ranking near the bottom of the high-end phone pack in GLBenchmark, and the phone seems to be mediocre in terms of battery life, as well.

All in all, Anandtech’s review comes as a very nice surprise for anyone who’s been ignoring Intel in the mobile phone game, as it seems that, in terms of raw performance, this Xolo X900 could well take on several high-end devices on the market right now.

For those of you who’ve missed the phone’s unveiling and Indian launch, we should tell you that the Xolo X900 sports a 4-inch screen with a 1024 x 600 pixels resolution and features the Intel Medfield chip we already talked about, as well as 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on-board storage, and 8 MP/1.3 MP dual cameras.

Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box with a “planned” ICS upgrade set in the near future, the Xolo X900 will most likely not see the light of day in the US or Europe, which is starting to make me feel a bit depressed, especially as the phone is not that expensive ($419 in India).

What do you guys think? Would you be tempted to purchase the Lava Xolo X900 phone if it would be made available in a store near you? Does Intel stand a chance to challenge Nvidia and Qualcomm’s leading positions in the mobile chip market anytime soon? Hit us with a comment and let us know!

  • ChristopherCLara

    Hmm.. dont look that great too me!

  • Stranger Soul
  • Jake VanWagoner

    It’s not the best, but being the best here is not what Intel was going for. They were going for “can we compete?” They busted the myth that x86 architecture is unsuitable for low-power applications. The phone is competitive, and that’s the point, not being the best. Being the best is what they will go for once they establish that they aren’t big losers in the mobile space, which probably won’t even be in the next processor generation.

  • Jijopinku9

    I would never want to purchase a phone which is only available in India… Because if it’s only in India then there will be no rooting, no custom roms, and finally no developer support from xda…

    • Gauravjeet

      This phone is available outside India too and named as Orange San Diego. Check your specs first.

  • rishidev

    indians are idoits who will pay for the “best”………..look at where zotac and msi are now..
    intel’ hideous monopoly to reign supreme in benchmark tests and Anandtech being an intel “chamcha” will promote and advertise supremacy……..

    all people who “use” computers end up buying AMD.

    take a good look at the gaming front and intel xolo does not stand a chance. same thing where a core 2 duo in some benchmarks beats and x6 1090t in vanity…

    See the market place and you will be shocked at how many lappies hp has sold using AMD’s trinity 4500 APU.

    Are you going to buy an ultrabook @ rs 53000 that wont be able to match industry standards 1.5 years from now…take a good look at “flash” from macromedia and where its headed VS an amd laptop for rs 32000 which is capable of playing crysis 2 at high res………inevitably you would be disappointed in AMD because you would want to buy a lappie after 3 years usage but it will tug you for 7 years without compromise.

    WOW !!! I LOVE INTEL!!

    • d

      and you are samsung chamcha?? you dont understand abcd of computers ands still commenting on something that has all the qualities of becoming a high end phone. Just because it’s price is low, dont underestimate it. We are thankful to intel for providing so many features in one phone that samsung was providing for double price.

    • Gauravjeet

      First use the phone and then comment. Have you used the xolo x900 ever? I am using it and it’s even better after the ICS upgrade. Don’t just brag about things if you don’t have a clear understanding and equivalent experience. Little knowledge is dangerous.

      • Pandian

        Well, i am using this phone for last 9 months. From the day one i have issue and no service center to solve..Heating, sometime no network signal, touch screen slow in response or sometime doesn’t work.

        One of the worst work from Intel..LAVA don’t know how to serve the customer!

  • Damo

    Apples a6 wipes the floor with this and it’s only 1.3 ghz.