Intel's first smartphone, the Xolo X900 arrives April 23 in India

By on April 19, 2012, 10:30 AM

Indian handset manufacturer Lava today announced the imminent launch of what will be the world's first Intel-based smartphone to hit the consumer market, beating Lenovo and Orange to the punch. Dubbed Xolo X900, the device will launch Monday April 23 in India and will be sold at a street price of approximately 22,000 rupees, or about $420, through a national chain of megastores called Croma.

In terms of specifications, the Xolo X900 packs a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 (Medfield) processor with a 400MHz graphics chip clock capable of full-HD video encoding and playback, HDMI-out, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera with burst mode, 16GB internal storage, HSPA+ 3G connectivity, and a 4.03-inch 1024x600 LCD screen. It also supports Near Field Communication and additional storage through microSD cards. Intel claims battery life of up to 5 hours with 3G browsing and 8 hours of talk time.

Initially the phone will run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but an over-the-air software upgrade to the more recent Ice Cream Sandwich release of Google's mobile OS is planned "shortly," according to Lava and Intel.

With this, Intel has made good on its promise to launch its first smartphone in 2012. The launch marks a major milestone for the company, which has has been synonymous with the PC industry but struggled to break into the mobile segment while ARM licensees like Qualcomm and Nvidia took all the glory.

It's still too early to tell if their efforts will gain any traction in the short and mid-term, but for now at least they have a few other manufacturers lined up to release their own Atom-powered handsets, with devices from Lenovo, Orange, Motorola, and ZTE due in the coming weeks and months.

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Guest said:

Big Thanks to Intel for releasing one of the first's to release from India

captainawesome captainawesome said:

That battery life seems pretty rubbish to me!

yowanvista yowanvista said:

Problem is, will it run most Apps, most of them are designed for ARM and not x86

Guest said:

Not bad looking at all, and it looks real nice run pure Android. The two things that can hurt it are not running ICS from that start "kind of a dumb move if you ask me, latest greatest hardware and its running a two year old OS ver. And the other problem which is out of Intels control is that when the carriers get there hands on it they will slap on whatever crappy UI replacement they hand and mess it up.

But all in all not bad Intel, good luck.

Guest said:

Intel will gain the market

Guest said:

no it wont, but if its x86 then it will run windows programs fine. After that nobody will care about ios or android apps too much

PinothyJ said:

Man is that an ugly phone...

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