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Orange San Diego Intel phone won't run third of Android apps

The Orange San Diego, formerly known as the Santa Clara, is the first Intel-powered smart phone -- which has one major drawback.

The Orange San Diego hits the shops on 6 June. The phone previously known as the Santa Clara may sound like a cheap own brand blower, but it's actually the first Intel-powered smart phone -- which has one major drawback.

The Orange San Diego is interesting for phone fans because it's not just another cheap and cheerful own brand phone from Orange, like the affordable Orange San Francisco 2. It's Intel's first foray into phones -- and the major drawback?

The Atom x86 chip isn't compatible with all Android apps. Intel told me that the phone would work with roughly 70 per cent of Android apps -- let's hope it's not the good 30 per cent or so that's affected.

But it does pack one other high-end feature that hasn't made it into many phones yet: HSPA+. It's the fastest version of 3G currently available, and only a handful of phones support it. That includes the Nokia Lumia 900 and iPad, and now the San Diego.

Orange says it has upgraded its network to offer faster Internet speeds already. In theory, you should be able to get up to 21Mbps, but in practise you'll only get a fraction of that speed. Orange told me you won't notice a difference in browsing, but it should speed up streaming and downloading and improve latency in gaming.

Along with T-Mobile, Orange is planning to boost mobile data speeds by launching LTE -- also known as 4G -- by the end of the year.

The San Diego hits the beach next Wednesday, 6 June. It'll set you back £200 on pay as you go, which also gets you 250MB of data each month for the first year. If you sign up to a two year contract costing £15.50 per month then the phone is free. If you're an existing Orange customer switching to the San Diego, you'll get extra minutes and texts thrown in too.

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