It's been nearly four months since we got the first look at Intel's plans for Mefield hardware, and finally the first smartphone powered by Intel's x86 mobile processor is about to go on sale in India. The smartphone, named the Lava Xolo X900, looks quite a bit like the prototypes we saw at CES, and comes with some very impressive specifications.
Primarily, of course, there's the Intel Atom Z2460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz and paired with a 400MHz GPU, that has already been benchmarked and beaten the Galaxy Nexus and iPhone 4S. Then there's the display, which isn't of the WVGA or 720p variety you might expect, but is instead in between both with a 1024 x 600 resolution, which puts the 4-inch display at 295ppi. The display also includes IPS technology, which means bright whites and good viewing angles. Other hardware includes an 8MP rear and 1.3MP front camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and HSPA+ connectivity.
Powering the phone is still Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but the manufacturer Lava has promised an Ice Cream Sandwich update in the near future.
The current Indian price of INR 22,000 converts to about $425, but as conversions aren't always exact, it may be best to compare the Xolo to the iPhone 4, which retails at INR 34,500.
It's a bit disappointing that no US release has been announced for the Xolo X900, as the smartphone's specs are actually quite good. Hopefully this release indicates that US bound devices are coming, because both the Medfield Platform and the Xolo X900 are looking quite promising.