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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).