And just like that, we have another Intel-powered smartphone getting ready to make its way to consumers’ hands. Today, Orange announced that it was launching the Orange San Diego, a new Android smartphone powered by Intel’s Medfield processor. If the Orange San Diego looks and sounds familiar, it’s because it was originally supposed to launch as the Santa Clara. For one reason or another, that name changed to San Diego.
The San Diego features a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor and the XMM 6260 HSPA+ (21.1Mbps) modem, both manufactured by Intel. Other specs of the device include an 8-megapixel camera that’s capable of recording video in 1080P, a 4-inch display with 1024 x 600 resolution, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, HD Voice, NFC chip for contact-less transfers, and more. Unfortunately, the San Diego, like other Intel phones that recently launched, still runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Orange plans on upgrading it to Android 4.0 ASAP.
Another feature of the San Diego is its camera’s ability to capture 10 images in a second while in burst mode. We got a chance to play with the Intel reference design phone back at CES and the performance was simply amazing. To see what this phone is capable of doing, check out the video we shot at CES.
Orange UK will begin selling the San Diego on June 6. The phone will cost you £199.99 when purchased with a £10 pay-as-you-go-credit. On a two-year contract, the phone can be yours free of charge with a £15 or more monthly plan.
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