Intel's first smartphone due Monday

The first smartphone powered by an Intel chipset will go on sale in India on Monday, the chip maker has revealed.
 
The Android-based device, named the XOLO 900, has been produced by Indian handset vendor Lava International. It will retail for around 22,000 rupees (€321), and runs a 1.6 GHz Atom processor with a 400 MHz graphics clock. The chip is capable of using Intel's hyper threading technology, and the firm claims the handset can provide up to 8 hours of talk time and 5 hours of 3G browsing on a single charge.
 
Intel and Lava first announced their partnership to build an Intel smartphone at February's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
 
The handset has a 4.03-inch screen and an 8-megapixel camera. At launch, it will use Android Gingerbread, with an over-the-air update planned to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich.
 
Intel is believed to have been trying for some time to expand beyond the desktop CPU market - where it dominates - into smartphones and tablets, where ARM architecture rules the day.
 

The company announced plans in 2009 to collaborate with LG on smartphones using Intel's Moorestown chipsets, and in 2010 LG showed off the Atom-powered GW990 smartphone, but later insisted that this was just a concept phone not destined for full production.

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