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With the Xolo X900, Intel’s smartphone quest begins in India

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The first commercially available Intel(s intl) smartphone debuts in India this month with the launch of the Xolo X900. Running Android(s goog) 2.3 on a 1.6 GHz Atom processor, the Xolo X900 will sell for 22,000 Indian Rupees (US$422) when it becomes available on April 23 from Croma and Xolo.in. Wider availability across India will take place next month.

The product launch is a substantial one for Intel: The company has essentially been shut out of the fast-growing smartphone and consumer tablet space. Instead of using Intel chips, hardware makers have adopted those based on ARM(s armh) architecture, which typically use less power, especially in standby mode. Intel has spent the last few years suggesting that its Atom platform was ready to compete, but the reality is that its competition with ARM processors is only now beginning.

So what is Intel bringing to the battle in the Xolo X900? The handset…

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