Up until a month ago, all smartphones were built using ARM’s architectural design, while Intel’s processors were a reserved territory for desktop and notebook computers. Now, the landscape starts to change, and one of the first devices to kick off that change is the Orange Santa Clara, the first Intel Medfield-powered phone to arrive on Western markets. And now we have the release date - the Santa Clara will hit shelves on May 31st.
Orange already has published the page for the Santa Clara, detailing everything there’s to know about the phone. The biggest focus of course is the silicon - an Intel Atom Z2460 chip with 1.6GHz processor promises to deliver performance on par and in some cases even better than the current crop of ARM chips. The phone is still lagging in the graphics department when compared to the best, but overall it fares well.
Otherwise, the Orange Santa Clara comes with a 4.03” touchscreen, 16GB of internal memory, an 8-megapixel camera and Android Gingerbread. We should note that the Santa Clara is only a pre-launch name, and the final one will be unveiled at launch. Stay tuned.