First Atom-Based Smartphone Launched

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It has been announced that Intel’s first Atom-based smartphone has been launched by Indian-based phone maker Lava.  Constructed around Intel’s Atom processor, this is the world’s first ever smartphone based on this technology and its launch was announced at the Mobile World Congress that took place in Spain.  Intel has plans to launch a number of other phones based on this technology with other mobile phone manufacturer’s including Lenovo, Orange, and Motorola.

The Atom processor has a clock speed if 1.6Ghz and utilises Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology making it the world’s fastest processor available in any mobile device according to claims made by Intel.   The Xolo X900 from Lava marks Intel’s first entry in to the world of smartphones, which has so far seen lesser known microprocessor brands such as Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, NVidia, and ARM Technologies dominate the market.

It is significant that Intel’s team of engineers played a major role in working with Lava in the design of the smartphone that features a 4.03 inch LCD display as well as an 8 megapixel camera at the rear.  The phone also comes with a front facing camera to allow video calls, which are starting to see a surge in popularity.  HDMI connectivity as well as HD video playback and Near Field Communication also feature on the phone that will run on Android’s 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and be capable of over the air upgrade to the Android Ice Cream Sandwich at a later date.

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