Orange San Diego is already in Europe

    Orange San Diego is now available.


    Starting June 6th, Orange San Diego is already available in Europe. The phone is still available in the UK and France. This is a phone based on the x86 32-bit platform - Intel Medfield.


    • Old name: Orange Santa Clara
    • OS: Android (2.3.7) with upgrade to 4.0 by the end of 2012
    • Form Factor: Monoblock
    • Dimensions: 123 x 63 x 9.9 mm
    • Weight: 117 g
    • Hardware Keys: Volume control, Camera shutter
    • Black color

    Display :
    • Physical size: 4.03 inches
    • Resolution: 600 x 1024 pixels
    • Pixels per inch: 294 ppi
    • Number of screen colors: 262000
    • Screen Type: LCD
    • Touch Screen Type: Capacitive, Multi-touch
    • Sensors: light, proximity, accelerometer

    Battery :
    • Talk Time: 8.00 hours
    • Standby Time: 14.0 days
    • In music playback mode: 45.00 hours
    • Capacity: 1460 mA \ h
    • Type: Li - Ion

    Hardware :
    • Processor: single-core 1600 MHz, Intel Atom Z2460 (Medfiled)
    • Graphics: PowerVR SGX 540 (400 MHz)
    • RAM: 1GB
    • Built-in memory: 16000 Mb

    Camera :
    • 8 megapixels
    • Maximum photo resolution: 3264x2448
    • Flash: LED
    • Autofocus, touch focus, image stabilizer, ISO control, Multi shot, face recognition, smiles, geo-tagging
    • Video Recording: 1920x1080 (1080p HD)
    • Front camera for video calls: yes

    Multimedia :
    • Music: MP3, AAC
    • Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264
    • Streaming Audio, Video, YouTube
    • Built-in browser supports: HTML, HTML5, Flash
    • Facebook, YouTube (upload), Picasa, Google talk
    • Built-in speakers, conference calling, headphones (3.5 jack).

    Communication :
    • GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
    • UMTS: 900, 2100 MHz
    • Data Transfer: HSDPA + (4G) 21.1 Mbit / s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
    • Micro SIM: yes
    • International roaming: yes
    • Navigation: GPS, A-GPS
    • Bluetooth: 2.1
    • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b, g, n
    • HDMI: Micro HDMI (Type D)
    • USB: USB 2.0 (microUSB (NFC, DLNA, Computer sync, OTA sync))

    Other :
    • Phonebook: Unlimited entries, Caller groups, Multiple numbers per contact, Search by both first and last name, Picture ID, Ring ID
    • Organizer: Calendar, Alarm, Document viewer, Calculator
    • Messaging: SMS, MMS, Threaded view, Predictive text input
    • Email: IMAP, POP3, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange, Push e-mail
    • Notifications: Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode
    • Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording

    And most importantly, its declared price is £ 200, which is ~ 10 tr. At the same time, the price of the Samsung Galaxy SIII is 500 pounds.

    Tests and Comparison

    The performance of the Intel smartphone is not sky-high, but the results are still impressive, given that its competitors are multi-core smartphones, especially with the well-developed ARM platform, unlike the new for x86 phones with non-rolled Android, against Linaro cooperation.

    I want to separately draw attention to the fact that the phones use different architectures, and although all comparisons are not in favor of San Diego, it is worth considering that all benchmarks were originally designed for ARM (and maybe even were launched in compatibility mode), and significant differences and features of x86 platform. Therefore, I would wait for other, more representative tests from EEMBC.
    This is especially true in light of Intel’s latest statement thatAndroid is poorly optimized for multi-core processors . And taking into account the fact that with Intel’s capabilities it started not with the top multi-core solution (although I’m sure it had such an opportunity) to enter the market victoriously, but with the single-core Medfield, it can talk about the strength and capabilities of the new platform from Intel and prospects. Fortunately, Intel is not new to the operation and evaluation of multi-core systems.

    Experience of use.

    When this phone appears in wide sale, as well as on the Russian market, I think there will be a separate review, official release and a trial of the phone on Habré. Therefore, I will not try to do something like this, but I will talk about what I managed to play with and what to see.

    I draw attention immediately to common myths:

    • Voracious, quickly discharged . No, the phone justifies the declared characteristics, and with daily use it works for 1.5-2 days, like most other smartphones. Therefore, a combination of lightness and normal operating time suggests the possibility of further use of multi-core solutions from Intel, perhaps for other platforms.
    • Lack of applications due to architecture . Maybe now there are not many pre-built applications under x86, but firstly, it is a matter of time, and secondly, I had no problem running any ARM code on it.
    • Slow . What do you run on phones? Compared to my HTC Desire, it’s very smart. Compared to the Galaxy SII, the interface seemed faster and more pleasant in its minimalism.

    As for the software under x86 itself: minus the android environment, it has the usual 32-bit code, Elf_i386. If desired, you can build and run any linux-program. This is very convenient for me, because If something is not in the market, then you can assemble without heavy dancing with a tambourine and with adaptation for ARM. Perhaps the same way, there are craftsmen who can easily run Linux on it.


    Generally speaking, purely in the subjective opinion, the phone in its price category is very good. It looks solid and confident, like a business model, discreet but stylish. It will be interesting to look at the price and adaptation for the Russian market. Also interesting is the fact that the phone has not yet reached the United States. Perhaps there will be significant changes compared to the European version, or even a division into another device \ version. So, as now, in fact , twin phones are Lenovo and Lava models for the Asian market.

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