The history of Intel’s XOLO X900 Android smartphone can be traced back in January, during the Mobile World Congress, Intel’s CEO, Paul Otelleni, announced they were planning to release an Intel Medfield processor-powered Android phone this year. Well, he kept his promise. The XOLO X900 has just been launched in India and it is the first ever Android smartphone to run on Intel Atom Z2460 SoC single-core CPU instead of the usual ARM processor from Qualcomm, Samsung or Nvidia (for example, the new LG Spectrum 4G LTE Android Phone and other branded phone models).
In cooperation with Lava Technologies, Intel has managed to come up with a commercial-worthy Medfield Intel Atom Android handset in the XOLO X900. In terms of looks and specs, this phone takes much inspiration from the iPhone. It has the same clean minimalist lines. It’s slightly bigger though at 123mm x 63mm x 10.99mm. This handset also uses a microSIM akin to a feature found in Panasonic Eluga P-04D Android Phone and the tray is located on the right side.
Although the XOLO X900 Android phone that started to sell in India shipped out with Android 2.3 OS, Intel says an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update (already installed in other Android phones such as Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo L) is scheduled before the year ends.
The single-core Intel Atom Medfied CPU is clocked at 1.6GHz. The XOLO X900 is blazing fast thanks to its 1GB of RAM. The 4.03-inch 1024×600 capacitive display is almost desktop PC quality. Gaming on this machine is rated 5 star thanks to its discreet PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
There’s two cameras, the rear-facing 8-megapixel camera has autofocus and LED Flash. It can also record full 1080p video. The front-facing 1.3-megapixel sensor is perfect for video chats. Just like the cheapest Apple iPhone 4S model, the XOLO X900 has a basic 16GB internal storage. Other features are comparable to other high-end smartphones. The XOLO X900 comes with 3G, Wi-Fi, NFC, micro USB, Mini HDMI, and stereo microphone so you can even use Zonda Bluetooth Stereo Headphones and other accessories without problems.
Lava Technology is selling the XOLO X900 in India for 22,00 Rupees or around US$423 in the US and Canada. Price increase in North America could be attributed to higher shipping costs.