Orange has confirmed that the Intel San Diego smartphone will be released in the U.K. on June 6.
The release of the phone marks another milestone for Intel as it advances its plans in the mobile devices space.
“We’re proud to be working with such an exciting partner as Intel, and offering our customers the first Orange Intel powered smartphone on the market,” Paul Jevons, Director of Products and Devices, Orange UK, said. “The San Diego is a great addition to our own-branded device portfolio, and is testament to our heritage in offering consumers great value innovation.”
“We congratulate Orange on the launch of their ‘San Diego’ smartphone with Intel inside,” said Mike Bell, Intel Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Mobile and Communications Group.
“Orange is truly a progressive operator who has its finger on the pulse on its customer base. The new Intel-based smartphone exemplifies Orange’s focus on delivering a well executed product to its users, from the quality and feel of industrial design to the overall software and applications experience,” he added
Intel-based computers are abundant but for mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, the ARM processor architecture has been dominant because of its low power consumption.
However, Intel plans to change all that with the release of microprocessors specifically targeting this market. It has previously been said by Intel that the mobile market is an area of massive potential growth for the company.
Last March, Intel COO Brian Krzanich has said that the company is ready to manufacture mobile chips on a large scale. He revealed then that he has been preparing Intel’s advanced facilities for mobile chip production and that he’s confident all is set to make processors powering smartphones and tablets.
India has gotten the first Intel-powered smartphone last April 23 with the release of the XOLO X900. More smartphones powered by Intel processors are expected.
In fact, it has been no secret that Intel and its partners plan to release smartphones running on Intel processors this year.
Orange has been reported in February to be planning to release the San Diego Intel smartphone.
After the San Diego Intel smartphone will be released in the U.K. this coming June 6th, the smartphone will be released soon in France via Orange.
The Intel San Diego smartphone features an Intel Atom Z2460 processor. It supports HSPA+ with the Intel XMM 6260 Platform, Orange UK said. According to the carrier, these Intel solutions enable the smartphone to have fast and responsive browsing experience.
The San Diego Intel-powered smartphone also has HD Voice, HD Video and an 8MP camera with ‘burst’ capture mode. This camera enables the San Diego to capture Full HD 1080p video. The burst capture mode takes 10 shots a second.
Other features of the San Diego include a 4.03-inch capacitive display, A-GPS and Bluetooth 2.1. It will also have an HDMI out port.
You may remember this phone as the Intel-powered smartphone codenamed “Santa Clara”.
According to Orange, the San Diego will be available for £199.99 on Orange Pay As You Go, when customers top up by £10 in Orange shops.
Furthermore, when subscribers take out the handset on pay as you go, they will also receive a free monthly allowance of 250Mb of mobile data per month for 12 months.
Those who will sign up for a 24-month price plan from £15.50 a month until the 25th of July 2012 can get the San Diego for free. This package includes 50 any network call minutes, 50 texts, as wel as 100MB of mobile data per month, Orange has said.
Meanwhile, here’s a video of the Intel San Diego from Orange: