The 10 Coolest Smartphones Of 2012 (So Far)


Lava Xolo X900

The Lava Xolo X900 may not have been as buzzed-about this year as the Galaxy S III or iPhone 4S, but it still stole the title of first-ever smartphone with Intel inside.

Launched in April in India, the Xolo X900 is powered by Intel’s Atom Z2460 "Medfield" mobile processor and was manufactured by Lava International. The Atom processor allows the phone to reach speeds of up to 1 GHz, and it also touts Intel’s Hyper Threading Technology, said to increase the processor’s overall performance by enabling multiple threads to run on each core. An 8-megapixel camera, 1,080-pixel video playback and Google’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS are also included.

Regardless of how widely adopted it becomes, the Xolo X900 marked a significant shift in strategy for Intel, which is clearly expanding its reach beyond traditional PCs and into the realm of mobility. Since Xolo’s introduction, other Atom-powered phones have launched in the U.K. and are eventually expected to hit shelves in the U.S. -- but Lava’s phone will forever claim bragging rights as being the first.