Intel AZ210 smartphone hits the FCC, coming to America?

The Intel AZ210 is a smartphone with a 4 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display and a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 Medfield processor. It’s sold in the UK as the Orange San Diego and in India as the XOLO X900.

So far the first Intel Atom-powered smartphone hasn’t been launched in the US, but that may be about to change. The Intel AZ210 showed up at the FCC website today.

Intel AZ210
That’s one of the steps any wireless device has to take before it can be sold in the United States. That doesn’t mean the AZ210 will definitely be picked up by a US carrier, but it looks like Intel is at least preparing for the possibility.

Since the phone supports GSM networks it’s not likely to show up on Verizon or Sprint. It should work on AT&T or T-Mobile wireless networks.

The Intel AZ210 features PowerVR SGX 540 graphics, has 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and a 1460mAh battery. It features an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing camera.

The phone measures 4.8″ x 2.5″ x 0.4″ and weighs just over 4 ounces.

While it’s the first processor to feature a Medfield x86 processor, for the most part you’d be hard pressed to tell the Intel AZ210 apart from an ARM-based smartphone. It’s a similar size and shape, should offer similar battery life, and it can run Google Android 2.3 or Android 4.0.

 

  • timmymac

    I thought this model didn’t support 4G LTE speeds. Some google searching hasn’t revealed any sources saying that this slight issue has been fixed.

    • CyberGusa

      Where did you read that? LTE wasn’t available when they first launched Medfield but they always stated it was on the way!

      • timmymac

        Yes, the initial models didn’t have LTE, which was sometimes suggested as a partial reason why the intel phones aren’t in the US yet. Googling for information on the AZ210 doesn’t give any information confirming or denying LTE functionality. That’s why I mentioned it, hoping that someone would pipe up with confirmation either way.
        By the way, thank you for your prolific and insightful posts. You’re extremely knowledgeable, especially on topics relating to Intel. Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

      • CyberGusa

        Strange, Googling it for me shows it listed among the wireless modes it’s suppose to support… Like the wiki link at the beginning of the article for example.

      • timmymac

        Hmm, I did a search of the wiki page for LTE, and nothing was found. Clicking the HSPA+ link goes to the associated wiki page, which states “HSPA+ should not be confused with LTE, which uses a new air interface based on OFDMA
        technology. HSPA+ is an evolution of HSPA that upgrades the existing 3G
        network and provides a method for telecom operators to migrate towards
        4G speeds without deploying a new radio interface.”

      • CyberGusa

        HSPA+ is basically a alternative, companies like T-Mobile use it to provide 4G speeds. It’s not the same as LTE but in some cases it can still provide better speeds, depending on which LTE network you’re comparing to.

        Thing is there isn’t a universal 4G/LTE modem, so they have to swap the modem for different regions and different networks… The point being they can replace the modem.

        So we’ll have to wait and see when it comes out if it truly supports LTE or not.

      • CyberGusa

        Hmm, further research seems to indicate the true LTE is coming out in early 2013… Probably with the dual core update to the Medfield that’s due then.