Santa Clara becomes Orange San Diego, dropping June 6

Santa Clara becomes Orange San Diego, dropping June 6“Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means ‘a whale’s vagina’.”

We first met the Intel-fuelled Orange Santa Clara at Mobile World Congress in February, and earlier this month we were told: “the full name will be announced at launch”. Well, it’s launch time, buddy, and you’re looking at the Orange San Diego.

The Orange San Diego lands in the UK on June 6, and will be available on both PAYG and contract. On PAYG, the Orange San Diego will have an introductory price of £200 (including £10 credit), while contract prices start at £15.50PM for two years.

Orange San Diego specs include a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 4.03in touch display, 8MP rear camera, 16GB internal storage, and Gingerbread (Android 2.3)

An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) is promised in a few months’ time, around the end of Q3.

Qualcomm’s Rob Chandhok isn’t too fussed about Intel’s arrival on the smartphone scene, recently suggesting: “The commercial challenges are going to be tough to overcome … it’s unforgiving and there’s so much competition.”

via: Engadget

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 12:12

I'd love to see some benchmarks for this new Intel chip. The phone has a screen PPI of ~295, which is pretty damn good for a £200 phone.

barrybarryk  May. 31, 2012 at 12:58

A few have just appeared on Engadget. Basically it whips every ARM phone anywhere near the same price bracket

krogothnx  May. 31, 2012 at 13:05

I can't wait to see how this excellent budget friendly phone will inevitably be ruined by Orange's OS customisations.

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 13:06

If it gets CM9 I might get my daughter one to replace her Samsung Jet :p.

barrybarryk  May. 31, 2012 at 13:12

Intel x86 not ARM, CM won't run on it and the rooting process/bootloader will be very different. It'll be a while before there are custom ROMs for intel phones

matt101101 / MOD  May. 31, 2012 at 13:21

Intel x86 not ARM, CM won't run on it and the rooting process/bootloader will be very different. It'll be a while before there are custom ROMs for intel phones
That was my fear...that also means we'll be stuck with sh*tty Orange firmware for ages, yay.

35Winston  Jun. 15, 2012 at 19:59

I can't find any info on the bootloader. I don't want to run Clockwork, just a custom x86 Linux. Anyone know if that's possible?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 16, 2012 at 11:13

As far as I know, the boot loader is still locked and nothing custom can yet be done to the phone, unfortunately.

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