Orange launches Atom-based phone
Finally, an Intel Atom in a mobile from a major phone company, as Orange launches the ‘San Diego’, writes Steve Bush.
Inside the phone, codenamed Santa Clara (perhaps there was a clue there) is a Z2460 Atom.
According to website Trusted Reviews, the phone is actually made by Huawei. Trusted Reviews also reports that Android 2.3 has been chosen as the operating system rather than a more modern Android.
The San Diego also comes with 4in capacitive touch display and an 8Mpixel camera.
Intel’s x86 processors have always dominated PCs and laptops, but has struggled to penetrate the phone market which is dominated by ARM-based processors.
ARM architecture processors, which are RISC, have always used less power to perform any specific function compared with CISC x86 processors. Intel counters that use of advanced chip making process can negate any architectural advantage ARM might have in power consumption.
Intel has pushed down-scale into netbooks, and ARM has pushed up-scale into tablets – including iPads.
In 1990 when ARM only had 20 employees, its then CEO Robin Saxby predicted that ARM would one day be bigger than Intel.
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