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

April 26, 2012

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!