Orange San Diego, Intel inside

Orange San Diego

The Orange San Diego was launched in UK in June 2012. It is the first smartphone with an Intel platform. What’s inside the phone is entirely made by Intel.

The San Diego is made from high quality plastic materials. On the front side there are the light and proximity sensors, the ear piece speaker and 4 touch sensitive control buttons. The back panel is soft and velvety at touch and offers a good hand grip. The phone has a dedicated camera button in two-stage.

At a 4.0 inches display it has a huge resolution and pixel density: 600×1024 pixels and 297ppi (almost at the superior limit of the human eye which has about 300ppi). If we talk about viewing angles, contrast or black, the screen quality is very good. The display type is maybe IPS due to its large viewing angles and very good sunlight legibility.

The San Diego comes with Android OS version 2.3.7 Gingerbread. It’s in most part the stock version with minor modifications at some icons and at the launcher.

The 8MP camera interface doesn’t look like on other Android smartphones.   The main features are: noise reduction, ISO, exposure time, geometric distortion correction. You can take in burst mode 10 photos at 15 fps almost instantly. Because the camera is based on the Intel SoC technology and less on the sensor photos aren’t so great because the soft is not well finished. But you have many options and functions to take good photos.  Video recording is made at 1080p resolution but it has a little tremor on the sides. But the ISP (image sensor processor) technology is keeping the frame rate constant.

Because Intel has put an Intel Atom processor on the San Diego the battery doesn’t have a good life, because this CPU was made for netbooks not for smartphones. Using the phone as normal with a little internet browsing, checking emails, playing a game or two, making some calls and listening to music the battery will en up in about 24 hours.

The San Diego’s hardware configuration consists is an Intel Atom Z2460 processor at 1.6 GHz and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage has 16GB and it can’t be expanded with an SD card. The phone has HDMI support. The phone measures 123x63x10mm and weighs 117g.

3G has 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.7 Mbps HSUPA. Wi-Fi supports Hotspot and b/g/n protocols. Bluetooth is v2.1 with A2DP and microUSB is v2.0. NFC (near field connection) is available too.

The Orange San Diego doesn’t impress with its casing materials but with its quality. From far it has the best single core CPU ever seen on an Android device, but it’s not quite adequate for a smartphone because it consumes too much energy. The San Diego is better than its rival, the HTC One V; it has better performances, takes better pictures and the display is much clear and has a bigger pixel density. Intel must improve its efficiency and extent to high-end level.


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