Orange Squeezes Out Its First Intel-Powered Phone

By Sam Gibbs on at

The rumours were true; Orange has just unveiled its first Intel-powered phone codenamed Santa Clara. Packing a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460, it’s pretty much a clone of Intel’s Medfield reference design.

The Santa Clara’ll get its final, on-the-shelf name soon, but for now we know it’s got a 4-inch 600x1024 resolution screen, and an eight-megapixel camera, which’ll burst fire an impressive 10 shots a second and capture 1080p video; it’ll even shove media out over HDMI once you’ve captured your masterpiece.

The 1.6GHz chip should make Gingerbread fly (Ice Cream Sandwich is promised for soon after launch), while Orange’s HD calling; HSPA 21.1Mbps down and 5.6Mbps up, and NFC are all present.

Battery life is a worry for these Medfield phones, but with a 14-day rated standby time and eight hours of 3G calling it sounds promising. Like every other Orange-branded phone, the Santa Clara will be cheap, and it doesn’t seem half bad for a plain looking slate-of-a-phone. [Orange]