May 31 AT 12:21 PM Anthony Domanico 2 Comments

Orange UK to get first Intel Medfield-based San Diego in June

San Diego Medfield Image via: Engadget

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?

Via: Engadget

Source: Engadget

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  • jaxidian

    I’m interested in the hackability of these things. If they’re x86 then I bet they’ll have some sort of BIOS instead of the bootloader we’re familiar with. It may be more like a traditional PC BIOS or it may be a newer EFI-based BIOS (what you see in newer motherboards where the BIOS has a true GUI and mouse support). However, this is speculation in that they would try to make an x86-based Android device be somewhat PC-like.

    If this is the case, then I bet we’ll have some smart folks cooking up some hacked BIOSes for us to hack things with. Of course there could be extra components in there requiring signed BIOSes, so ultimately we’ll have to wait and see.

    Neat stuff happening, though!

  • aranea

    I’m more excited on the ability of Android to run on x86-based cpus than the phone itself. It’s going to open up some interesting options where ultra light notebooks can also run android and pair better with a tablet.