World’s first smartphone powered by Intel’s Medfield processor goes on sale, but only in India

Lava Xolo X900 Intel MedfieldFollowing a rumor that the first smartphone powered by Intel’s Medfield processor would be released this week, little-known handset manufacturer Lava International has become the very first company to put a phone with Intel inside on sale, but unfortunately the Xolo X900 will only be sold in India.

Intel has been looking to break into the smartphone market for sometime, but has never quite managed to come up with the goods, until that is, the appearance of the Medfield processor. Designed specifically for mobile, Intel wants to challenge ARM’s dominance in the industry using the Atom-based, low power-consumption chip.

Initially seen in the so-called “reference design” handset just before Christmas, the first phones using the Medfield processor tentatively appeared at CES and Mobile World Congress earlier this year.

Lenovo’s K800 was tipped to be the first device to go on sale, while UK network Orange snapped up Intel’s reference design, codenamed it the Santa Clara, and hinted at a summer 2012 release date.

Motorola and ZTE have also announced their intention to make Intel-powered phones, and LG has been rumored to join them, but other than a leaked snap of the Motorola phone, nothing official has appeared.

Xolo X900

So it’s Lava International with its Xolo X900 smartphone that has beaten all of them to the gate. This isn’t some early announcement with no street date either, as the Xolo X900 will be available to buy from April 23, when it will cost 22,000 rupees, or about $425 SIM-free.

Like Orange, Lava chose to adapt Intel’s reference design for the X900, and therefore it has a 4-inch, 1024 x 600 LCD touchscreen, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, Google Android 2.3 Gingerbread, NFC and 16GB of internal memory.

Of course, the standout feature is the 1.6Ghz single-core Atom processor, backed up by 1GB of RAM. Lava also says an update to Android 4.0 will arrive later in the year too.

As few outside of India will have heard of Lava International, it’s unlikely the X900 will ever find its way out of the country, and as Lenovo’s K800 could only launch in China, those of us in North America and Europe are still waiting to hear about our first Intel Medfield phone.

Motorola seems the most obvious candidate to provide such a device, with ZTE close behind, but it will probably be Orange and its Santa Clara in second place.

Yes it’s still early days, but if Intel truly wants to take on ARM, then it’s not only going to have to push Motorola a little harder, but also attract some more big-name manufacturers too, as a few localized handsets and a carrier-specific phone just won’t be enough to gain the market share they so obviously desire.


Midrange phones can’t do A.I., but MediaTek’s P90 chip aims to change that

MediaTek has announced the Helio P90 mobile processor, which it says will bring the best A.I. features we see on high-end smartphones, to the mid-range. We spoke to the company about the chip.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.
Movies & TV

Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ sequel conjures up a director and a release date

Doctor Strange director and co-writer Scott Derrickson will return to helm the Sorcerer Supreme's next big-screen adventure. Filming will begin in 2020, after Strange's mysterious Avengers: Endgame fate is resolved.

Intel's discrete graphics will be called 'Xe,' IGP gets Adapative Sync next year

Intel has officially dubbed its discrete graphics product Intel Xe, and the company also provided details about its Gen11 IGP. The latter will include adaptive sync support and will arrive in 2019.

The Galaxy A8s is Samsung's first with a hole-punch camera cutout

Samsung is building exciting, technologically innovative midrange phones, and the latest to be revealed is the new Samsung Galaxy A8s, which may give us an idea of what the new Samsung Galaxy S10 will look like.

The best smartphone stocking stuffers for a very techy Christmas

If you've got a tech-loving smartphone enthusiast to buy for, we can help you out. Here's a selection of top phone accessories that would make amazing stocking stuffers so you can have a very Merry Christmas.
Product Review

The Black Shark gaming phone takes a big bite out of your free time, but the software sinks it

The world is being treated to an ever-increasing number of high-powered gaming phones. With so many great options already out, is there room for another? The Black Shark thinks so. But is it any good? We find out.

OnePlus's 5G phone should arrive in May 2019, may cost up to $850

OnePlus will be among the first companies to put the new Snapdragon 855 processor into a phone, and will also release a separate and more expensive 5G phone in 2019 with the help of U.K. network EE.

Santa Claus is coming to town. Get ready with these Christmas apps

Like it or not, Christmas comes but once a year. Thankfully, we've got a list of the best Christmas apps to help get you into the holiday spirit, just in case you want to call Santa or become a Christmas elf.

Xiaomi’s Gamepad 2.0 turns the Black Shark into a mini Switch

Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi has introduced the Gamepad 2.0 for its Black Shark gaming phone that launched earlier this year. The new gamepad is similar to the Switch Joy-Con, with one piece attaching to each side of the phone.

Google makes it easy to donate to charity straight through the Play Store

As we head into the holiday season, Google announced a new feature on Google Play that makes it a little easier to donate to charity. Through the new page, you'll be able to choose from a range of charities to donate to.

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.

The Galaxy S10 may be announced before MWC, sell for up to $1,750

While we still may be months away from an announcement, there's no doubt about it: Samsung is working hard on its successor to the Galaxy S9. Here's everything we know about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10.

The LG V40 ThinQ, G7 ThinQ, and Watch W7 are discounted for the holidays

LG announced a series of deals for the holiday season where you can buy the company's two flagship phones, the V40 ThinQ and G7 ThinQ, as well as its latest smartwatch, for between $150 and $200 off, depending on the device.