Losing an ARM and a leg
French Telecom outfit Orange has decided that it has had enough of the ARM processors on its smartphone and is sticking Intel inside.
According to a press release France Telecom's mobile unit Orange will launch a smartphone in France and the United Kingdom this summer. Branded by Orange, its back cover will also boast the Intel swirl and will be the first time that Chipzilla has been given a significant mobile push.
The new smartphone will run Google's Android and will use Chipzilla's Medfield chip. It will be targeted at the cheap and cheerful pay-as-you-go clients and is a copy of a reference handset Intel created to showcase its newest mobile chip to potential customers. It can provide high-definition video and an 8-megapixel camera.
Intel has been telling the would+dog that its newest mobile processor, codenamed Medfield, stands up to rivals' chips in power efficiency and performance. Not many people have believed it, but it is nice to know that the French still do.
Orange is using Gigabyte to manufacture the phones and is adding its own flavour by installing additional proprietary software.