Intel's first smartphone arrives...in India

Intel said Lava International has launched the XOLO X900. The device will launch April 23 in India and be sold through Croma, a big retail chain in India.

Intel made good on its promise to launch its first smartphone this week and dropped a bit of a surprise. Intel's first smart device is the XOLO X900 for India.

The common bet was that Intel's first smartphone would be a Lenovo device for China.

In a statement, Intel said Lava International, an India mobile phone maker, has launched the XOLO X900. The device will launch April 23 in India and be sold through Croma, a big retail chain in India.

Intel and Lava outlined a partnership in February. The XOLO X900 uses Intel's Atom Z2460 1.6 GHz processor, supports HSPA+ and 3G and runs on Android Gingerbread. The device will get the latest Android in an over the air update. Intel is claiming up to 5 hours of 3G browsing, 45 hours of audio and 8 hours talk time.

The chip giant's move into the mobile market has been closely watched. Intel's initial plan appears to go where the people are in emerging markets. That means India and China are going to be interesting test markets for Intel before it enters the crowded U.S. smartphone scrum.

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