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[Anand] Lava Xolo X900 - The First Intel Medfield Phone

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http://www.anandtech.com/show/5770/lava-xolo-x900-review-the-first-intel-medfield-phone
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For Intel, the road to their first real competitive smartphone SoC has been a long one. Shortly after joining AnandTech and beginning this journey writing about both smartphones and the SoC space, I remember hopping on a call with Anand and some Intel folks to talk about Moorestown. While we never did see Moorestown in a smartphone, we did see it in a few tablets, and even looked at performance in an OpenPeak Tablet at IDF 2011. Back then performance was more than competitive against the single core Cortex A8s in a number of other devices, but power profile, lack of ISP, video encode, decode, or PoP LPDDR2 support, and the number of discrete packages required to implement Moorestown, made it impossible to build a smartphone around. While Moorestown was never the success that Intel was hoping for, it paved the way for something that finally brings x86 both down to a place on the power-performance curve that until now has been dominated by ARM-powered SoCs, and includes all the things hanging off the edges that you need (ISP, encode, decode, integrated memory controller, etc), and it’s called Medfield. With Medfield, Intel finally has a real, bona fide SoC that is already in a number of devices shipping before the end of 2012.

Note bad for Intel's first smartphone CPU.... Its performance is about the same as a single Cortex-A15. Intel needs to step it up though since A15 are shipping as dual-cores now, quad-cores in the future.


The ARM->x86 conversion/migration worked pretty well too.


x86 power consumption is competitive to ARM as well...
Edited by DuckieHo - 4/25/12 at 7:27am
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Not bad at all.

600

600

GPU performance isn't the best though:
500
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GPU performance isn't the best though

They just used an off-the-shelf PowerVR SGX 540. The Galaxy Nexus, Droid RAZR, and Droid 4 all use the same GPU.

Intel can just swap that with another GPU block or their own HD Graphics (one day) in the next version. wink.gif
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Thanks Duckie, this is good news here

unfortunately this makes me sad because my Epic 4g not even on the list and the intel thing is twice as good as the Epic 4g II lol

Must wait for new phone! Wait Longer!
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

They just used an off-the-shelf PowerVR SGX 540. The Galaxy Nexus, Droid RAZR, and Droid 4 all use the same GPU.
Intel can just swap that with another GPU block or their own HD Graphics (one day) in the next version. wink.gif

That is very true, it's not a bad phone at all for their first in the market.
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goo bad Intel and nvidia are Competitors in this market. if not it would be sexy to see an Intel logo and Nvidia logo on the back of the phone lol

all things aside this is good news because now that Intel is in the mobile market, others are going to step up their game and release even more cpus with higher performance!!

competition is good!!
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Yeah, let's be real here: Intel's managed to take their 5 year old netbook CPU and have it be very competitive with the very latest ARM designs core-for-core. Can't wait for "Silvermont" smile.gif
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Ehh... interesting...
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