Orange UK's Intel-powered San Diego smarphone reviews are in

By Shawn Knight
Jun 15, 2012
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  1. The first Intel-powered smartphone has finally launched, albeit only in the UK for now. Orange UK's San Diego handset admittedly won't be rivaling today's top smartphones but with a competitive price of £200 or just over $300 USD, could it…

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  2. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

    I am not a betting man in anyway, but my calculated guess is in about 5 years time, things will look whole lot different in the SoCs market, and IF Intel is able to implement Tick/Tock development model in place for its mobile SoCs, ARM in all probability will be relegated to No 2.
  3. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 509   +35

    My only thing about this phone is, I heard some or many of the applications are being emulated since it's an x86 processor? Is this true and if so, how does it affect performance?
  4. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,681   +86

  5. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 509   +35

    I read their review and the phone does AWESOME. I can imagine how it will do once optimized for Ice Cream Sandwich. I was just wondering if applications would be faster were they not emulated?
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    I think its fairly safe to assume that any software emulated takes at least some form of performance hit. That said, it also gets to a point where "faster" performance is pretty much unnoticeable in the hands of the average user.

    Going completely off-subject here, (but it provides the perfect example of what I mean), the difference between a mechanical disk and an SSD is like night and day when using it to load and run an OS. However, in my experience its hard to tell the difference between a slower SSD and a faster SSD. They're both blazing quick compared with a 7,200 RPM mechanical disk, but outside of synthetic tests you can only "feel" so much of a difference.
  7. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TS Guru Posts: 509   +35

    Well if you'll excuse me for saying comparing two SSD's is a bit different because SSD's, whether slow or very fast throughput, have one thing in common. Very very fast latency. And that's what people notice. When you click on an application, it boots up right away! But on smart phones its different. You can almost always tell the different between two identical phones because at the moment they're just not that fast and Android especially has tell tale areas that stutter for example. Just my opinion though.
  8. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +116

    Aye, I never said it was foolproof, was just giving an example that makes sense, and explaining that a user can only recognise a certain improvement in performance. Beyond that limit, its simply unnoticeable.

    Another example. I really don't notice the performance difference in day to day usage between my previous single core 1.4GHz Nokia Lumia 710, and my new Samsung Galaxy S3. Windows Phone is considerably better optimised for the hardware than Android is, and a quad-core is proper overkill for all but the most intensive of apps anyway.

    At the end of the day, an emulated app that takes 200ms longer to load is going to make absolutely no difference to the user. It's not even noticeable, and that's the point I was trying to get at really.
  9. Not being funny - but if they're serious about getting into this market - they need to be 'giving' these away at £50 a pop - to grab market share

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