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Orange Santa Clara Handset To Be First Intel Powered Smartphone

The very first smartphone powered by Intel CPU, Orange Santa Clara, has been launched at the Mobile World Congress 2012 at Barcelona - and is the first device to not contain the traditional Nvidia, Qualcomm or ARM chips onboard.

According to telecommunications provider, Orange, the device will be made available in the market by the end of this year with Chinese firm, Gigabyte, producing the device.

Orange's Vice President for Devices, Yves Maitre, explained: "It's always good to have competition, because it gives consumers more choice,"

Discussing the advantages behind the introduction of this Intel powered smartphone, he commented: "It also allows technology to improve faster, and at the end of the day when you have competition it also has an impact on pricing," reported T3.

Orange has not confirmed when exactly the device will be released or its price tag, but it shouldn't be too long until it makes its debut within the marketplace.

The Orange Santa Clara smartphone will run on Google's Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and will be powered by a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor. The device contains an 8 megapixel camera, boasting "10fps photo burst mode" as well as 16GB internal storage.