Lava XOLO X900: the first Intel Medfield phone is finally ready

Lava XOLO X900: the first Intel Medfield phone is finally readyIntel – you remember them? They used to be big in the processor game, and weren't they working with Nokia on that MeeGo thing before Stephen Elop decided Windows Phone was the better approach?

OK, that's off the mark but the casual  observer could be forgiven for taking that sort of view of Intel's recent mobile fortunes. Finally, though, Intel's chance to change all that is here, courtesy of the Lava XOLO X900, which launches on Monday April 23.

If that strikes you as an odd name for a smartphone it's probably because Lava is an Indian manufacturer and the XOLO X900 is destined only for the Sub-continent.

Its significance, however, is that it'll be the first consumer device to feature one of Intel's Medfield processors inside. And the familiar 'Intel Inside' swoosh so many of us are familiar with from the world of computing will no doubt become a bit more commonplace on mobiles when Motorola and Lenovo get their first wave of Intel-powered devices off the ground.

And for their sake, we hope they've got more to offer than the XOLO X900 appears to. We're talking a single-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor partnered by 1GB of RAM. Now fair enough, it may be unfair to jump to conclusions based on written specs, but it's pretty much up to Intel to come up with the proof.

As for the rest, we're looking at a 4.03in 1024 x 600 display, an 8-megapixel camera and integrated NFC, which is all well and good. Sadly, though, Intel's great hope will only have Android 2.3 Gingerbread on board at launch, which is quite a disappointment, though as is the norm we're promised that Ice Cream Sandwich is on the way.

Via Engadget

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barrybarryk  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:22

you can't compare an x86 processor to an ARM processor like for like with clock speeds. That Intel processor is probably one of the most capable CPUs in a phone right now, that's also a very high pixel density screen but I wouldn't count on an x86 port of Android being much fun even if it was running ICS lol

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 19, 2012 at 18:22

Hey, you brought up Elop ;) ==>> (the Flash joke made TomiAhonen LOL on twitter :p )

Anyhow... hope it improves the little Android issue called "battery performance" ;)

CTPAHHIK  Apr. 20, 2012 at 08:07

I would not call x86 version of Android a port. Great thing about Linux is that difference between x86, x64, ARM, Ithanium is a compile flag.

Even Z2460 will have trouble beating Tegra 3, especially when it comes to graphics. Everyone knows that Atom is good enough for NAS, GPS, talking fridge and washing machine and nothing else.

barrybarryk  Apr. 20, 2012 at 10:39

Not really it is a port, it's only a compile flag because someone ported the source to cope with the flag, there's serious work involved in changing architectures. Its why there are only ARM ports of certain linux distros and if you try the public x86 android port in a VM it behaves very differently.
you can check here for a quick demo of the responsiveness, but I really wouldn't just assume it's rubbish based on the performance of two year old netbooks using older versions of the processor to run windows 7.


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