Intel, the world’s largest microchip maker, announced today that the first smartphone to be powered by one of its latest processors will be released in India by April 23.
The BBC report said the XOLO X900 made by an Indian mobile phone manufacturer will be released to the market on Monday, April 23. The Intel-powered XOLO is priced at around $425 or 22,000 rupees.
Made by Indian manufacturer Lava, the handset will be distributed throughout India beginning next week through a partnership with Indian retail chain Croma.
Lava, considered one of the fastest growing manufacturers in India, was founded just two and a half years ago, and since then has sold over 10 million mobile phones all over the sub-continent.
The brand-new device features an 8-megapixel camera, and will initially run on Android Gingerbread, Google‘s smartphone operating system.
Intel said the Atom-based chip running the X900 provides for more efficient battery consumption, plus enhanced multi-tasking through the company’s “hyper threading technology”.
Intel said this will be upgraded to Android’s latest version, Ice cream Sandwich.
The XOLO X900 debut in India is the latest of Intel’s moves to break into the smartphone market, having failed in an earlier partnership attempt with LG in 2010.
Meanwhile, other Intel-powered devices are expected to hit the market soon, following agreements made in January between Intel and Motorola Mobility, and Lenovo during the Consumer Electronics Show in Barcelona.
Intel’s partnership with Motorola Mobility is viewed as highly significant in the chip maker’s efforts to break into the smartphone market, as Motorola is being lined up for purchase by Google.