Orange finally launched the much-awaited San Diego smartphone. It is the world’s second smartphone, which runs on the Intel Medfield processor. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. It was earlier known as the Santa Clara smartphone. San Diego will be exclusively available for the Orange subscribers in the UK. This handset will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, it will get the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update in the coming months.
Paul Jevons, Director of Products and Devices, Orange UK, said:
“We’re proud to be working with such an exciting partner as Intel, and offering our customers the first Orange Intel powered smartphone on the market. The San Diego is a great addition to our own-branded device portfolio, and is testament to our heritage in offering consumers great value innovation.”
Mike Bell, Intel Vice President and General Manager of the company’s Mobile and Communications Group, said:
“We congratulate Orange on the launch of their ‘San Diego’ smartphone with Intel inside. Orange is truly a progressive operator who has its finger on the pulse on its customer base. The new Intel-based smartphone exemplifies Orange’s focus on delivering a well executed product to its users, from the quality and feel of industrial design to the overall software and applications experience.”
The Orange San Diego features a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixel, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS (upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS), Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Micro USB and much more.
It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 8 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 16 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store and 14 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 123 x 63 x 9.99mm and weighs 117 g.
Orange San Diego will be available for £199.99 on Orange Pay As You Go. Orange subscribers will also get 250 MB of free mobile data per month for 12 months. This handset will go on sale from 6th June at Orange shops, Orange telesales and Orange online store.