Orange launches Intel-powered San Diego

Orange has unveiled the first Intel smartphone, an Android Gingerbread device packing an Atom processor with high-end features – and the low-end price point typical of the network's own-brand devices.

The San Diego – previously codenamed the Santa Clara – runs on the 1.6GHz Atom Z2640 chip and features a four-inch display, 1080p video recording and an eight-megapixel camera supporting burst mode for up to 10 pictures in a second. An HDMI out lets you smoothly transfer those HD goodies.

Along with the standard HSDPA, Wi-Fi and A-GPS, the San Diego has an NFC chip, so it's ready for the incoming slew of contactless payment apps as well as Orange's Quick Tap Treats.

Battery life is said to top out around 14 days for standby, six hours of 1080p video, or eight hours of talktime, thanks to efficient battery processes on the Atom chip.

The Orange San Diego is available from 6 June for £199.99 on pay-as-you-go, with 250MB free data each month for 12 months. On contract, it'll be free for £15.50 per month with 50 any-network minutes, 50 texts and 100MB of data – at least until 25 July, when the contract price jumps to £20.50.

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