Orange UK have announced this morning that they will be carrying the San Diego, the first European phone with Intel’s Medfield chipset, starting this June 6th. The device will launch as a pay as you go phone for £200 with £10 of credit, or on-contract starting at £15.50 per month for a two-year agreement. The San Diego is currently running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, though they expect an update to Android 4 sometime in Q3.
Engadget was able to run some hands-on benchmarks of the San Diego, and while the performance obviously didn’t match that of the quad-core Samsung Galaxy S III phone, the single-core 1.6 GHz Medfield chip performed solidly for the mid-range smartphone that it is. Medfield held its own specifically when it came to browser performance, something that Intel has focused on in the development of its first Android chipset.
We’re hoping to get our hands on the Intel Medfield-powered San Diego to get our own take on how the device performs, though we’ll likely see some reviews pop up around the internet fairly soon. As it stands, the San Diego provides a decent alternative to the higher-end (and, thus, higher-priced) superphones coming out. Anyone out there excited about getting their hands on the San Diego? Will you UK readers be picking one up when it launches next week?