It must’ve been hard for Intel to watch Qualcomm, Nvidia, and, to a lesser extent, Texas Instrument gaining such a strong foothold in the mobile CPU industry over the last couple of years. But while the Santa Clara based company has been quite late to the party, we sort of expected to see Intel making a grand entrance. Nevertheless, the first Medfield smartphone will come from one relatively unknown Lava company in India.
Dubbed Xolo X900, the first to market Intel-inside Android phone is powered by a 1.6GHz Medfield processor. Beyond the processor that it is shipping with and the expected Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread flavor, other details are still unknown. It’s been rumored that the phone would have an 8MP rear shooter.
From the pictures that folks at The Verge have taken, the Xolo X900 is thought to have a 3.5- or 3.7-inch display with 1024 x 768 resolution. According to the same report, the phone is relatively light and the screen didn’t disappoint. They did find the hardware buttons on the phone to be on the clunky side, while the placement of the capacitive buttons may not be too comfortable to use.
Lava’s Xolo X900 will only be released in India and there’s still no price and release date information. Time will tell if the phone will be a hot item or be obliterated by the heat.
Back in February, Intel CEO Paul Otellini said that the company has ambitions to become the major player in the mobile market. Although Lava is the first to ship a Medfield phone, Intel has also struck deals with the likes of Motorola, Lenovo, and France Telecom’s Orange. It’s unclear yet when Motorola will release its first Medfield phone, but Lenovo is planning to release its Intel device in May, to be followed by Orange in June.
Earlier reports suggest that the Intel Medfield chip would be reserved for entry level smartphones, which should explain why Lava was approached in the first place. It’s interesting to see what Motorola would come up with, being one of the bigger companies on Intel’s to-do list.
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I hope their graphics drivers don’t suck as bad as their drivers for linux on x86…