Lava XOLO X900 is the first Intel-powered Android smartphone, will be released in India on April 23
The first smartphone to sport an Intel processor and actually go on sale has just been announced. Interestingly, it’s not Lenovo’s K800, or a device made by Motorola, or even the Orange Santa Clara that we saw back at MWC.
No, this comes from Indian phone maker Lava, and it’s called the XOLO X900. It’s powered by Intel’s ‘Medfield’ Atom Z2460 processor, clocked at 1.6 GHz. Although it’s a single-core part, past benchmarks have shown that it’s capable of holding its own against the multi-core ARM competition.
The XOLO X900 will be available in India on April 23, and will cost around Rs.22,000 (approximately $423 or €322). On launch day, it will be running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an update to Android 4.0 ICS is promised shortly thereafter.
Knowing that everyone will just ask about battery life (since its many previous attempts at churning out a decent smartphone processor have all been hampered exactly by that), Intel has let us know that the XOLO X900 will last up to 5 hours while browsing the Web on 3G, 45 hours of listening to music, or 8 hours of talk time. Those figures aren’t bad, but they aren’t awe-inspiring either (unless, that is, you compare them to some of the worst offenders in the Android world, in which case they become quite good). And naturally we’re taking all these numbers with a hefty dose of salt until someone can confirm that they actually do apply in real life, and not just in Intel’s labs.
Still, the battery life problem seems to have finally been sorted out by Intel, which is in fact what we’ve heard during MWC as well. So 2012 might truly be the year when that company starts to get a foothold in the smartphone space. We’ll see how well people will react when they see that familiar “Intel inside” logo slapped on a phone.
The Lava XOLO X900 has the following specs, aside from the aforementioned CPU: a 4-inch 600×1024 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage space, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, quad-band 21 Mbps HSPA+, and a 1,460 mAh battery.