Intel has confirmed that the first ever Intel smartphone (XOLO X900) will go in sale on April 23rd. It will be launched in India and is expected to be priced at around 21,000 rupees ($400).
The retail chain Croma has teamed up with Lava Mobiles to distribute and sell the X900. This is Intel’s second attempt to break into the mobile phone market after a deal with LG in 2010 fell through, with no models going into production.
The X900 will feature a powerful Intel Atom Z2460 CPU, running at 1.6 GHz with hyper-threading, while promising a very generous battery life. It will also have a dedicated 400MHz graphics chip with support for OpenVG, OpenGL and ES2.0. One of the main unique selling points of the Intel smartphone will be the dedicated imaging chip which will have a throughput of around 240 megapixels per second as well as burst-mode.
Although the atom-based phone will be running Google’s version of Android (Gingerbread), Intel say that it will be updated to the next version, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Never-mind the specs, Intel say that this will be their mid-powered device, with the more powerful smartphones being released in China in the near future, which will be Motorola branded. Intel’s partnership with Motorola is seen as extremely significant as they are currently in the process of being bought over by Google.
Lava’s co-founder and company director said “After our success in feature phones, with over 10 million happy customers in under three years, XOLO will be a differentiated player in the fast-growing smartphone segment”
I’m personally very excited about these new Intel smartphones, how about you?