Intel-based MegaFon Mint arrives on Russia's second largest carrier, swiftly benchmarked

Intel-based MegaFon Mint arrives on Russia's second largest carrier, swiftly benchmarked
The MegaFon Mint wouldn't catch your eye with its generic rectangular design and forms, nor with the fact that it launches on Russia's second largest carrier, but what if we told you it runs on the Intel Medfield platform? With a 4.03-inch screen, a 1.6GHz single-core Atom Z2460 and an HSPA+ modem identical to those in the Orange San Diego, the device is among the first phones sporting Intel's new mobile chip.

Don't get fooled by seeing only one core in the processor of that chip – it's better optimized than ARM machines, and while it cannot beat the latest ARM-based Androids, it's definitely a close runner-up and a decent competitor in the mid-range. Folks from Russian tech blog Hi-tech quickly ran a few benchmarks to check out the performance, and on Quadrant for example the device scored around 4,000. Check out the rest of the benchmark test results below.

The MegaFon Mint also features 400MHz graphics that allow you to play back 1080p video. The 8-megapixel rear camera is very snappy, taking around 10 pictures in under a second with burst mode baked in.

Sadly, the MegaFon Mint is running on the antique Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread. It sports 16GB of internal memory (not expandable), and all of that comes for an off-contract price of $565 (17,990 roubles).




9. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

this is what people are missing... great phones doesnt need dual core quad core to run very fast... please read this.... http://mynokiablogdotcom/2012/08/19/mnb-reader-generated-symbian-or-android/ just remove 'dot' to '.'

10. No_Nonsense unregistered

That's probably the 10th time you're posting this link. U mad bro? Many of us have already read this one

11. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

not not really...just sick of these people that is so hungry about dual cores quad core and gigs or ram... they forgot about the whole functionality... a phone can perform on a single processor and decent ram..

12. No_Nonsense unregistered

User experience is more important than the specs that power a device, but then I wouldn't mind if something better comes at the same price.

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

yeah... functionality and user experience... symbian might be "laggy" to other people but never experience anything like that... smooth and fluid... but its slow... laggy is different from slow... android is really laggy, freezy but it is still well supported coz of its versatility and ecosystem... but the reason of its versatility is symbian... symbian's greatest engineer works on google's android now!!! nokia is being blind and dont want to listen and stupid...symbian foundation has an answer to the competition (iPhone was fast growingthat time) but they reject it... symbian has that too..but it just dont have that large support because again of nokia...

15. No_Nonsense unregistered

-100, Belle FP1 at least when U've used it, doesn't lag. Samsung Android phones do. Now let the thumbs down begin

16. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

-100? dont get it,, you give me -100 but you (i think) agree with me that symbian is better than android?

17. No_Nonsense unregistered

The -100 was for telling Symbian is laggy

18. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

ah ok.. but i didnt said that symbian is laggy... just slow... it is different... android is... symbian can run fluidly with 10 apps running on hte background... i've heard one user that its symbian device can run 67 apps but still fluid... i mean android is dead with that... battery hog OS... but symbian isnt...

19. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

symbian's omly problem is its laggy browser... nokia should have take some update to that browser!

20. No_Nonsense unregistered

FP2 or Opera Mini is the solution

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

A dual core Atom would be a killer

5. jgcaap

Posts: 42; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

battery? seems a monster, imagin a dual core :o

4. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Antique Gingerbread? Thought that was still the most common Android version by far?

3. kamil

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

impressive for a single core but I wonder what the performance would be like if Intel decides to add their high end processors in their smartphones

2. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 561; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

intel an advise to you" cut ur SOC prices close to ARM and Qualcomm SOCs and supply it to as many OEMs".this is not desktop and laptop price is also a competition.

1. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

The Antutu benchmark seems OK (around 5000 like the A9 dual cores) but the Quadrant seems a bit off: most ot the points it got in Memory and I/O. Looked it up and 4000 in Antutu seems normal for that chip, the Lava Xolo also gets a similar score (does intel has better memory and I/O management than ARM? I wonder)

7. denied911

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2012

this price is madness

8. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Antutu can't be used to accurately compare phones with different numbers of cores. Lower cores always=lower score (unless the one with more cores sucks).

13. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

That's because Antutu heavily relies on the CPU part of the benchmark, which is not hecessarily good. You can argue that even if they had a crappy GPU (as an example) a phone with several cores would have a very good score in Antutu. I'm not critisizing the benchmark which is one of the best benchmark tools for Android, just pointing out its shortcomings. I would rather have a benchmark that does the same as Windows was doing with the "Windows Vista/7 Experience". The Windows System Assessment Tool (WinSAT) that gives you marks for GPU, memory, CPU, etc... And then gives you the user experience based on the lower mark.

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