Orange & Intel launch San Diego handset

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Everything Everywhere's Orange has launched the first x86, Intel-based smartphone in the UK, the Orange Santa Clara, which will go on sale on the 6th of June. The phone has also been launched today in France on Orange.

The phone is similar to the Xolo X900 which was released in India back in April and has an almost identical set of features.

Like previous own-branded Orange smartphones, the San Diego will be available exclusively on the network and will be available nationwide from Orange shops, telessales and online.

The phone costs £199.99 on PAYG with a compulsory £10 top up plus 250MB monthly data for a year. Pay Monthly prices start from £15.50 per month with 50 minutes, 50 texts, 100MB mobile data allowance per month and a total cost of ownership of £372. After the 25th of July, customers may have to pay an upfront fee for the phone.

The San Diego has the best configuration we've seen on a smartphone below £200. There's an Intel Atom "Medfield" processor, the Z2460, which is clocked at 1.6GHz, features a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, Intel's XMM6260 platform, 1GB, 16GB onboard storage, a 4in 1,024 x 600 pixels capacitive display and much more.