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Intel's First Smartphone Is The Xolo X900

The first smartphone based on Intel's Medfield platform has been released in India. The Xolo X900 which was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress last February is possibly built - like the Orange Santa Clara - by Gigabyte.

The phone uses an Intel Atom Z2460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz with a 400MHz graphics subsystem. The phone has an eight megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video recording, the ability to take photos in burst mode, a 4.03-inch screen with a 800 by 480 pixels resolution and an estimated price of 22,000 Rupees or around £260.

As expected it runs on Android 2.3 GIngerbread but an over the air software update will push it to Ice Cream Sandwich shortly. Intel says that the phone's battery life will last at least five hours when browsing the web over 3G and up to eight in talk time.

Other manufacturers like Lenovo, ZTE, Motorola and Orange have confirmed that they will launch Intel-based smartphones over the next few months.

It will be interesting to see whether the platform supports Windows 8 as there's no reason why this should not be the case. After all, the Atom processor is x86 and in theory should be able to run any flavours of Windows as well.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.