European carrier, Orange, today announced it will launch the world’s first Android smartphone running on Intel’s Medfield processor sometime this summer. The device, codenamed Santa Clara, looks very similar to Intel’s own reference design and will be manufactured by Gigabyte. It features Intel’s Atom Z2460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, an 8.0 MP camera that can shoot 1080p videos and capture pictures in burst mode of 10 shots in a second. What’s striking, however, is this looks eerily similar to the smartphone that will be launched in India along with Lava but under a different brand name in the coming weeks.
It looks like rather than waiting for major handset vendors to launch Medfield-based smartphones, Intel has taken things in its own hands and has struck partnerships with carriers and OEMs around the world to launch a smartphone that it has designed itself. From what we are hearing from our sources, this first smartphone would be priced lower than the current ARM-based smartphones that offer similar features. Something tells us we won’t have to wait really long to find out.