Intel bringing Atom processors to smartphones

Although ARM-based chips currently hold sway in the mobile market, their dominance is about to be challenged following news that telecommunications giant Orange is partnering with Intel in the smartphone arena.

The ‘Orange Santa Clara’ smartphone device is expected to be formally announced during this week’s Mobile World Congress (MWC), and will be powered by Intel’s popular and well-established Atom computer technology.

Set to be manufactured by Taiwan-based Gigabyte Technology, the ‘mass market’ phone will include a 4.0-inch touch-screen display, a rear-facing 16 mega-pixel camera, support for HD video, and HDMI-out.

Orange’s new phone will initially be released with the Gingerbread version of Google’s Android operating system—however, Orange has said an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will be made available soon after launch.

Although pricing for the phone has not yet been revealed, Orange expects to have the platform stocked at retailers across Europe during the summer months.

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