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Intel are serious about getting into the mobile phone business with phones like the Orange Santa Clara. The Intel Atom Z2460 chipset however drew some ridicule for its single CPU core.

Early benchmarks show, however, that the single (but HyperThreading-capable) core packs a lot of punch. A lucky CeBIT visitor had a chance to run a couple of browser-based benchmarks, which are easier to access than dedicated apps.

The Santa Clara scored nearly 90K on BrowserMark, beating an iPhone 4S by a slight margin. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which uses the highly-optimized Android 4.0 ICS browser, scores over 100K on this benchmark, but the Santa Clara is still on Gingerbread and should see its scores jump after the planned ICS update.


Orange Santa Clara vs. iPhone 4S in BrowserMark

The Intel-based droid also posted some impressive scores on Vellamo. It managed to outpace the Galaxy Nexus and placed behind the quad-core Asus Transformer Prime and the dual-core Xiaomi Mi-One Plus.


Santa Clara’s Vellamo benchmark

The Orange Santa Clara used for these tests ran Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread and its Atom CPU was reportedly clocked at 1.4GHz. Browser-based benchmarks are not the best at pushing several CPUs to their limit (and much less when it comes to the GPU), but these are pretty encouraging results, especially with a dual-core Atom chipset on the way.

Source (in German)

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This tank-like iPhone case is perfect for outdoorsy Apple fans

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The iPhone is a slick, attractive device. It’s light, relatively small, and has an appealing combination of glass and steel. Have you ever wanted to take all of that and wrap it in a thick, heavy, camouflaged hunk of polycarbonate? No?? Well, in case you ever change your mind, a new Kickstarter project has you covered.

Meet the new Aqua Tek S from Snow Lizard Products. It will take the smart design of your iPhone and hide it inside of a tank-like case that could be mistaken for an Autobot.

It’s easy to mock the phone’s appearance, but there are plenty of good reasons to give your iPhone the Zack Morris treatment. What the Aqua Tek S lacks in svelte design, it makes up for in practical purpose. Hikers, campers, snowboarders, and extreme sports athletes will love it (Rollerman might be first in line).

This bad boy will keep your iPhone protected from water (waterproof up to 20 feet). It will protect it from drops. The project’s creators even claim that it will shield it from dirt. It has an extended battery hiding inside, with a solar charger on the outside; under the right conditions, this could keep an iPhone charged for days (or longer?) without a power outlet.

Despite its monstrous appearance, the Aqua Tek S could be a crucial accessory for a niche audience. It’s not as if anyone is going to put his iPhone in one of these to go to work or go shopping. It’s simply a way to take the device that you already use, and prepare it for your more extreme outings.

The Aqua Tek S has raised $3,271 of its needed $75,000 with 24 days remaining. You can find out more at the Kickstarter link below.

Kickstarter, via Max Borges Agency

Siri Reveals Its Ability to Speak Japanese

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Siri confirms Japanese support

Siri doesn’t currently support the Japanese language, but according to a recent report, it is coming soon. If you needed concrete evidence of this, then you only need to look as far as Siri itself, which has confirmed it has the ability to speak Japanese.

9to5Mac reports that when you ask Siri which languages it speaks, it replies, “I can speak French, English, Japanese, and German… but I’m always learning.”

Of course, officially, Siri only support English — with an American, British, or Australian accent — French, and German. But a recent rumor from Tech In Asia claimed the intelligent assistant would get support for Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, and Russian imminently.

All three languages are believed to be coming next month, though it seems from the images above that Japanese will be the first to arrive — possibly at Apple’s iPad 3 event which is expected to go ahead during the first week of March.

9to5Mac also notes that shortly after Apple first announced Siri at its Let’s talk iPhone event in October 2010, the company released a Siri FAQ that confirmed the feature would support Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Italian, and Spanish in 2012.

Does Siri speak your language yet?

[via 9to5Mac]