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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

MegaFon Using Intel Inside® In its First Smartphone

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Russia began to using high-performance smartphone with Intel Inside for the first time. Smartphone devices known as "The MegaFon Mint" can be obtained through retail stores of MefaFon, and online starting August 22 this year. Intel Corporation in cooperation with MegaFon agreed to use Intel's Smartphone Reference Device as a base smartphone.

MegaFon is a Russian telecommunication service provider. Established in May 2002, MegaFon has become the first operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. The Company and its subsidiaries have licenses to operate in all of the Russian regions and in Tajikistan. With over 64 million active subscribers, MegaFon manages the most sophisticated and technologically advanced digital and fixed line network in the country. MegaFon was the first in Russia to launch 3G for commercial operations and is currently in the number one position among all operators in the provision of mobile Internet, and in the number two position as to the number of active subscribers in Russia. In 2012, MegaFon became one of the first operators to launch a 4G network in the LTE standard in Russia.

In the "The Mint MegaFon", there are Intel tools, such as the Intel® Atom™ processor Z2460 with Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology and HSPA + Intel® XMM™ 6260 platform. So it can speed up the process of downloading the data and improve the user experience fast and responsive. However, it still can maintain the battery up to 5 hours of 3G browsing, 45 hours of audio playback and 8 hours of talk time with a single charge.

"Russia's customers acknowledge MegaFon as a valued telco provider and a great national retailer for handsets, smartphones, tablets and other self-branded innovative hi-tech devices," said Mikhail Dubin, MegaFon vice president. "MegaFon client devices and telco service have always meant the best quality and sustainability at reasonable prices. We consider the MegaFon Mint a real technology breakthrough. It is a highly attractive device, and I'm sure end customers will value it."

The MegaFon Mint features a sleek, matte black casing and a 4.03-inch high-resolution LCD touchscreen for crisp text and vibrant images. The device's 1.6 GHz Intel® Atom™ Processor, 400 MHz graphics clock and support for full 1080p HD video provide users with an immersive gaming and video experience. The Mint also comes equipped with an 8-megapixel camera delivering advanced imaging capabilities that includes burst mode to take 10 pictures in under a second. Intel and MegaFon worked closely to customize the Android*-based smartphone that includes a host of MegaFon applications and services.

"Our engagement with MegaFon is a step forward in accelerating the adoption of Intel® architecture across new mobile market segments and geographies," said Christopher McGuire, general manager of reference devices for Intel's Mobile and Communications Group. "We look forward to our continued collaboration with MegaFon and to bringing consumers in Russia new device experiences enabled by Intel technology."  

Said Dmitri Konash, Intel regional manager in Russia and CIS countries: "We are extremely pleased to bring this new product to market together with MegaFon. We look forward to our long-term cooperation to provide Russian consumers with great products that offer a unique experience." (Intel, red: threelas)

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