Orange drops San Diego Intel-based phone to £180

Orange is currently offering the Gigabyte-built San Diego for only £180 on pay as you go with a compulsory £10 top-up.

It's probably one of the best Android handsets under £200 and it's also the first European smartphone to use an Intel-based processor - an Atom Medfield model (the Z2460) clocked at 1.6GHz with a PowerVR SGX540 GPU.

There’s 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage, and a 4.03in 1,024 x 600 resolution display, an 8-megapixel camera with flash, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Orange’s HD Voice and apps, HD video recording, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and an upgrade path to Ice Cream Sandwich (and hopefully Jelly Bean).

The phone was announced back in May 2012 with Orange grabbing the exclusivity. However, one can expect developers to come up with a Windows-8 powered version given that as far as hardware specifications are concerned, this is just a netbook with touchscreen capabilities and a smaller display.

I still consider the San Diego to be one of the best smartphones south of £200 as it has the highest clocked CPU on the market, the most powerful GPU of its class, and the highest pixel counts for both camera and screen, all for under £200.

Source: Orange