Back in February, Intel and Orange announced the new Santa Clara smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The Lava Xolo X900 was the first smartphone which runs on the Intel Medfield processor, while Santa Clara is the second smartphone to sport the same processor. Earlier it was rumored that Santa Clara is just the codename of the device and the real name will be revealed during the launch. However, it seems that Orange will go ahead with the same name.
The Lava Xolo X900 is already available for purchase from the last 2 months. Now, Orange will launch the much-awaited Santa Clara at an event in the UK on May 31. The company has already started sending out the press invites. This handset will be exclusively available to the Orange subscribers in the UK and France.
The Orange Santa Clara 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), 8 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.
It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, HDMI, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication) and 14 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 123 x 63 x 9.99mm and weighs 117 g.
The Orange Santa Clara will ship with the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. However, you should not worry, since the company has already promised to roll out the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) update soon after the launch. The price and availability of this device will be announced on May 31. Stay tuned for more updates!