Lava to launch Xolo X500, second Intel-powered smartphone - Powered by Atom Lexington
Priced at about $160 unlocked.
Lava is all set to launch its second Intel-powered smartphone in India. Dubbed as the Lava Xolo X500, this smartphone will come with the Atom Lexington Z2420 chip. This is the same chipset that Intel had showcased at the recently concluded Consumer Electronics Show.
We have learnt from our sources that the Lava Xolo X500 is a dual-SIM smartphone, which runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It sports a 3.5-inch screen with a resolution of 480X320. The processor clocks a speed of 1.2GHz and comes with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology. The device packs in 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. It has a 1,500mAh battery.
The Xolo X500 comes with a 5-megapixel auto focus rear camera that can click seven images in the burst mode at 6 fps (frames per second). Lava has already shipped the first lot of the assignment and it's executed to arrive in the markets shortly for a best buy price of Rs. 8,999.
The Lava Xolo X900 (Pics | Review) was the first Intel-powered smartphone launched in April 2012. It comes with an Intel Z2460 single-core chip that clocks in at 1.6Ghz. It has a 4.03-inch screen with 1024x600p display and offers 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Lava Xolo X900 was launched with Android 2.3 on-board, but later got an update to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This smartphone is currently available for Rs. 17,500.
Key specifications of the XOLO X500
3.5-inch TFT display with 480X320 pixel resolution
1.2GHz processor with Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
4GB Internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Intel/XOLO did not release any volume data on the initial device. However, I don't see XOLO (or any other OEM) releasing subsequent Intel-based phones if the sales on the previous device were catastrophic and/or if they did not see the future revenue potential of the platform.
I think Intel would do extremely well with Lexington. PC is a mass market. And Intel is great with building and supplying to mass markets. Further, it is right in line with their strategy to build huge factories with massive capacity.
Intel/Android is going to decimate iPhone/iPad and Microsoft/Nokia over a 2 to 3 year period. Even if Apple and Nokia change over to x86, their management costs and overheads are too significantly high compared to Taiwan/China OEMs. When the devices are on par with each other, Apple and Nokia will just not be able to compete on price.