Orange to Sell “Santa Clara”, Intel’s Medfield Smartphone Reference Design

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27 Feb, 2012 5:00 pm

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When Intel showed off their Medfield-based Android smartphone reference design at CES 2012, they said that they wanted to produce a reference design to showcase what smartphone manufacturers could do with the Medfield platform.

OEMs could choose to use as much or as little of the reference design as they want. By creating a reference design that was also production-ready, Intel was trying to make it as easy as possible for OEMs to get up and running with a Medfield smartphone as soon as possible.

Orange, one of the world’s largest mobile carriers, has decided to take up Intel on its offer and will be selling mobiles using Intel’s reference design, with some co-branding with Intel. In this way, they will have essentially cut out the “middle man” — the OEMs — to have a product under their direct control. Orange will be providing a stock Gingerbread experience (ICS upgrade coming “soon”) with some of their own apps, widgets, and games preloaded. They will also be supporting the phones directly. The phone is currently code-named “Santa Clara”, an homage to Intel’s headquarters in Santa Clara, CA.  We can expect to see it released in June, by which time we hope it will just be released with the Android 4.0 upgrade.

We got to check it out on the show floor of Mobile World Congress, here is our video:

 

Relevant specs:

Orange Santa Clara
SoC Intel Atom Z2460 w/ 1GB LPDDR2 PoP DRAM
Baseband Intel XMM 6260
NAND 16GB
Screen 4.03 inches, 1024 x 600 resolution
Dimensions 123mm x 63mm x 9.99mm
Weight 117g
OS Android 2.3.x (4.0.x upgrade available OTA)

It seems most of the specs are unchanged from the reference design seen at CES, but the chassis is slightly different. It’s  more of the standard “thin slab” design, with no sloping or curves to the shape, staying at a constant thinness of 9.99 mm. And if the rear camera is unchanged from the reference design, it will be an 8 MP camera with a burst mode of up to 15 fps, but we’re not sure about that at this point.

No pricing or release date information is available yet, but since Orange is a mobile carrier in Europe and Asia, it stands to reason that the “Santa Clara” will be released in those markets first. It’s possible that when a Medfield-based Android phone is released in North America, it will be from Motorola or Lenovo instead of a product directly from Intel, but we’ll see.

Via AnandTech


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