After Lenovo and Motorola, Intel has now collaborated with Orange to bring Medfield-based smartphone to the market. The phone in question, codenamed Santa Clara, has been designed and developed by Intel and is the same reference unit or FFRD (Form Factor Reference Design) that Intel showed off back at CES when they announced Medfield.
Unlike most other reference units, the Santa Clara has been designed not only to show off the platform’s capabilities but has also been tuned to be used by the customer as a day-to-day handset. This means it has a fairly standard shape and size, which measures in at 123mm x 63mm x 9.99mm and weighs 117g. The Santa Clara has an Intel Atom Z2460 SoC, 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. It will release with Android 2.3 Gingerbread but will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich in future and we have already seen it running on the Lenovo K800 that was displayed at CES so it shouldn’t take long.
The partnership with Orange is unique because for the first time a chipset manufacturer is selling its FFRD directly to a carrier instead of going through an OEM. Although Intel already has partnerships in place with Lenovo and Motorola, Medfield devices from them should take some more time, especially Motorola, whose Medfield devices will not arrive before the year’s end. By partnering with Orange, Intel is able to speed up the process considerably and get Medfield devices out there in the hands of the consumers as quickly as possible.
Other details on Santa Clara are sketchy right now but we should hear more from either Intel or Orange soon.
Intel to sell Medfield reference design through Orange