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Orange nabs Intel-powered Santa Clara

At Mobile World Congress, Orange announces that it will bring an Android phone powered by Intel's Atom processor to customers in France and the United Kingdom.

Orange Santa Clara
Orange Santa Clara Orange

BARCELONA, Spain--Just as Mobile World Congress was set to begin, Orange announced a new Android smartphone powered by an Intel Atom processor.

Code-named the Orange Santa Clara, the handset will launch later this year in France and the United Kingdom. At that time, Orange also will reveal pricing and the phone's official name.

Outside of the processor, which is pretty cool by itself, the Santa Clara brings a lot to the table. The candy bar handset measures 123mm long by 63mm wide by 9.99mm deep and weighs 117 grams. The 4.03-inch display has 600x1024-pixel resolution and shows 16 million colors.

Android 2.3 Gingerbread is an obvious disappointment, but the Santa Clara partially makes up for it with an 8-megapixel camera with image stabilization and HD (1080p) video capture; a second 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera; NFC support; messaging and e-mail; a media player; Bluetooth 2.1; Wi-Fi; GPS; HDMI-out; and support for global GSM and 3G networks.