Lava Unveils The Intel Atom Powered XOLO X900 Handset

Intel in association with a small time local handset maker in India – Lava – released the first Medfield SoC sporting handset – the XOLO X900. Inside the XOLO X900 is a Intel Atom Z460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, along with HyperThreading technology. The CPU is coupled by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz. Considering this is the first handset ever to be released to consumers to sport an Intel SoC, it would be interesting to see how the single core Atom processor from Intel will stack up against its competitors like Qualcomm’s S4 and Samsung’s Exynos quad-core SoCs. It would be also interesting to see how battery efficient is the Intel Atom processor inside a handset.

“Through XOLO X900, we are happy to bring to the Indian market a device that addresses the needs of those for whom speed and performance matters. After our success in feature phones with over 10 million happy customers in under 3 years, XOLO will be a differentiated player in the fast-growing smartphone segment. The initial reviews of XOLO X900 have been very positive and independent benchmarks clearly point to the fact that when it comes to speed and performance, XOLO X900 is the gold standard,” said Vishal Sehgal, co-founder and director, Lava International.

Other than the SoC, the X900 packs in a 4.03-inch LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p HD videos and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options. Sadly, the X900 runs on stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but Lava and Intel have promised that a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will be available “shortly”.

The XOLO X900 will be available from 23rd April at Croma and other retail stores in India with a street price of approximately Rs 22,000.


One Minute on the Internet

The digital world is much more complex than you think. And guess what? This claim will not assume status-quo. In the forthcoming days, months and year, we will witness a larger penetration in connectivity and digitization. Content will be getting richer not only in terms of quality but also in terms of quantity. These claims are backed by eye-opening stats from Intel Corporation underpinning happenings that take place in “one minute” over the internet. Here is how it goes:

What happens in an Internet Minute?

  • 639,800 GB of global IP data is transferred
  • 6 new Wikipedia articles are published
  • 1300 new mobile users are subscribed
  • 20 people become victims of identity
  • 204 million emails are sent
  • 47,000 apps are downloaded
  • 100+ new LinkedIn accounts are created
  • $83,000 of sales happen on Amazon
  • 20 million photo views on Flickr, out of which 3,000 are new photos
  • 320+ new Twitter accounts are created and 100,000 tweets occur
  • 277,000 logins on Facebook and 6 million page views happen
  • 2+ million searches on Google
  • 1.3 million views on YouTube and 30 hours of new videos are uploaded
60 seconds on the internet

This doesn’t stop here! Predictions for the future are even more shocking. Intel Corporation suggests that by 2015, the number of connected devices will outnumber the total human population of the planet by two times.

Time just got faster!

Orange Announces The Intel Medfield Powered Santa Clara Smartphone

Earlier today, the Indian manufacturer Lava unveiled the Intel Medfield powered Lava XOLO X900 smartphone. On the same day, we have another smartphone which runs on the same Intel Medfield processor. Yes, we are talking about the rumored Orange Santa Clara. Intel and Orange recently announced the new Santa Clara smartphone at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona.

The Orange Santa Clara is basically a codename of this device. The commercial name of this smartphone will be unveiled during the launch. This handset will be exclusively available to the Orange subscribers in the UK and France. The Orange Santa Clara will feature a number of locally-relevant and unique services including Orange TV, Dailymotion, Deezer, Orange Wednesdays, Your Orange and Orange Gestures.

Yves Maitre, Senior Vice President of Mobile Multimedia and Devices, Orange, said,

“For ten years, Orange has pioneered a successful own-branded approach to delivering to its customers high quality, affordable handsets in all price ranges, packed with locally relevant and unique services and features. We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to add such an exceptional device to our portfolio.”

orange santa clara

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 much more.

Other features include 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.

Orange UK and France customers will have to wait till summer, to get their hands on this device. The price and commercial name of Orange Santa Clara will be announced during the launch.

Intel Joins The Document Foundation Advisory Board

Intel has recently joined The Document Foundation. The Document Foundation is a German organization that works for the promotion of open source software. It was specifically created by members to manage the LibreOffice fork. LibreOffice aimed to create a truly Open Source office suite, in contrast to, which required copyright assignment to Oracle.

LibreOffice is the power-packed free, libre and open source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and GNU/Linux, that gives you six feature-rich applications for all your document production and data processing needs.

The Document Foundation was announced in September 2010, and its identity was laid down formally only recently, on February 17, after clearing all legal hurdles. One of the primary aims of TDF is

to eliminate the digital divide in society by giving everyone access to office productivity tools free of charge to enable them to participate as full citizens in the 21st century.

The Document Foundation (TDF) has an advisory board, which was formed back in June last year. The initial members of this foundation included Google, SUSE, Red Hat and the FSF. Although Canonical is missing from the advisory board, Intel will be a valuable addition to it. It is important to remember that although Advisory Board is not a formal body of the foundation, it helps the Board of Directors to further various TDF projects.

LibreOffice is Available for Download at this page.

Intel Partners with Lava to Launch Medfield Smartphones in India

Apparently, Intel is really desperate to get Android smartphones powered by its Medfield processors in the hands of consumers. We already posted about its partnership with Motorola, which should yield a Medfield powered Android device soon. We can expect it to be launched globally.

In China, Intel has partnered with Lenovo to launch the Lenovo K800, with more devices in the works.

In India, it seems that Intel has partnered with a local mobile manufacturer called Lava, according to a report by BGR. Lava’s first Medfield smartphone running Android may be unveiled at MWC 2012. It will launch a new smartphone brand and presumably launch a series of Intel powered devices running Android.

The first Lava-Intel Android smartphone will likely come with a 1.6 GHz dual core processor, 8 MP camera and a 3.7 inch display. No other details have been revealed yet, but the hardware specifications seem impressive.

However, to compete with giants like Samsung, HTC and Motorola, Lava will have to price it much lower than similar devices by them. Given Lava’s track record, I’m not sure what to make of this announcement. Hopefully, we should see a quick hands-on of the device at MWC 2012.

Motorola’s First Intel Powered Android Phone Revealed

Intel has been trying to get in the smartphone game since years now, but until last year, it didn’t have any major partners. At CES 2012, it was revealed that Motorola would be partnering with Intel to develop Android devices powered by Intel’s Medfield platform. The Intel powered Android smartphones by Motorola are supposed to be launched in 2012.

Today, some details about Motorola’s first Intel-powered Android smartphone were revealed by PocketNow. It will run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS, sporting a new version of the MotoBlur user interface.

No detailed specifications are out yet, but it will offer instant-on capabilities, and a really good camera. Apparently, the camera will offer a 15 frames-per-second burst capture mode.

Here’s an image of the Intel Android smartphone by Motorola. Considering that it is going to be Intel’s first major Android smartphone, you can expect really good hardware specifications which can rival and probably beat the current flagship Android devices.

Motorola Intel Android Phone

We will keep you updated with more details of this device as and when they are revealed. It might be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona by the end of February.

Intel Announces The 520 Series Of SSD; Comes With 5 Years Of Warranty!

Today, Intel announced its latest, fastest and their most reliable SSDs until date for consumers and OEMs – the SSD 520. This new SSD from Intel uses the SATA III interface to communicate, and is based on the 25nm NAND memory process technology.

“We tapped Intel engineering to create a client SSD that delivers performance on all fronts with obsessively high reliability,” said Rob Crooke, Intel vice president and general manager of the Intel Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. “The Intel SSD 520 once again raises the industry bar on SSD performance, quality and reliability to dramatically improve user experience.”

Other features of Intel SSD 520 include Advanced Encryption Standard, 256 bit encryption capabilities, and enhanced password protection for added security. The SSD will be available in a wide-range of capacities right from 60GB to a whopping 480GB.

For per 1000-units order, the 60GB model will cost $149, while the 120GB, 180GB and 240GB will set users back by $229, $369 and $509, respectively. The 480GB variant will set users back by a whopping $999. Intel is also providing a whopping 5-year warranty on the new SSD, which outlasts the 1 or 3 year warranty given on the traditional HDDs by manufacturers.

ARM Sees Profits Rise 45% in Q4 2011

ARM Holdings, the company whose chip designs powers a majority of the world’s mobile devices, has posted its Q4 2011 results, and they are very much in line with expectations.

ARM’s revenue grew 21% year-over-year to $217 million, with profit before tax growing 45% to $109 million. ARM grew its operating margin in Q4 2011 to a hefty 48.2%. ARM is able to maintain such high margins because it doesn’t produce chips itself, it just designs them and licenses those designs to chip manufacturers like Qualcomm, Texas Instruments etc.

While its revenues are just a rounding error compared to Intel’s, ARM is proving to be a very tough competitor. While Intel tries to break into the mobile processor market, ARM is trying to get its foot in the door when it comes to desktop processors. With Windows 8 supporting ARM processors, ARM may be able to capture a significant share of the desktop processor market in 2012.

Warren East, ARM’s CEO said:

“In Q4 and throughout 2011 ARM has seen strong licensing growth, driven by market-leading semiconductor companies increasing their commitment to ARM technology, and more new customers choosing ARM technology for the first time. We have also seen our royalty revenue continue to grow faster than industry revenues as the ARM Partnership gains share in our target markets.

2012 will bring exciting opportunities and challenges as ARM enters competitive new markets where we are well positioned to succeed with leading technology, an innovative business model and a thriving ecosystem of Partners. As our customers are designing more ARM technology into their widening product portfolios, ARM is investing in the development of new products. These products will drive further long-term growth in our revenues, profits and cash.”

ARM’s chips are now used not only in mobile devices, but also other consumer electronics technology like digital TVs and embedded devices.

Around 1.2 billion chips for smartphones and mobile devices and 1 billion chips for embedded digital devices were shipped in Q4, implying 10% and 40% growth respectively.

Lenovo K800: First Intel Medfield Smartphone

Intel is probably the biggest name at CES 2012. It has finally delivered on the Ultrabook concept with more than 75 new Ultrabooks launching this year. Intel also entered a strategic relationship with Motorola which includes the latter building new Android smartphones and tablets powered by the former’s chips. This may be the opening Intel was desperately searching for – to enter the mobile market which is currently dominated by ARM.

Today, Intel and Lenovo officially unveiled the K800 – the first Intel powered smartphone. It comes with a 1.6 GHz Intel Medfield processor and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with a possible update to Ice Cream Sandwich on the way. It comes plastered with a heavily skinned UI by Lenovo.

It sports a 4.5 inch HD display and offers an 8 MP camera. It will be launched in China in Q2 2012 on China Unicom’s network. It is comes with WCDMA HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and GPS connectivity. No information about the pricing or global launch has been revealed yet.

Here are some images of the Lenovo K800, courtesy Engadget.

Lenovo K800

Intel will be launching many more smartphones with device partners in 2012. What remains to be seen is whether it will be able to beat ARM at its own game, on its home turf.

Check out our complete CES 2012 coverage: Techie-Buzz @ CES 2012

Intel and Motorola Team Up to Develop Intel Powered Android Devices

Until now, Intel has had exactly zero luck in the smartphone arena which continues to be dominated by ARM. However, 2012 may be the year when Intel’s fortune finally changes for good.

Intel’s Ultrabook movement seems to be a hit, judging by the reaction of the audiences at CES 2012. More than 75 new Ultrabooks are expected to be launched in 2012, with support from all major notebook manufacturers.

Intel also unveiled its Medfield smartphone processors today, and we already have a couple of phones powered by it, which are slated to launch in 2012.

Today, Intel and Motorola officially announced a strategic partnership that includes Motorola building smartphones and tablets powered by Intel’s chips. This should give it some traction in the market, and also attract other smartphone manufacturers to take the same route. Motorola’s Intel powered devices will run on Android, which is quite logical as Google recently acquired Motorola.

“When great silicon and software technology meets great mobile and design innovation, amazing things can happen. Our long-term relationship with Motorola Mobility will help accelerate Intel® architecture into new mobile market segments. We expect the combination of our companies to break new ground and bring the very best of computing capabilities to smartphones and tablets, which in turn will help to create powerful new experiences that connect and enrich people’s lives wherever they may be,” said Intel’s President and CEO, Paul Otellini.

Intel’s processors are traditionally very powerful, but suck at power management, which makes them a really bad option for mobile devices. With its new Medfield architecture, Intel is aiming to remedy exactly that.

While Intel is trying to beat ARM in the mobile market, ARM is trying to break into the PC market. Windows 8 will support both the X86 and ARM architectures. The Microsoft and Intel exclusive alliance is now dead.