There was a device that was launched late last year that we feel didn’t get enough attention: Motorola’s RAZR i. It was a phone that was special for two reasons. One, it had a beautiful 4.3 inch screen that reached out to the edges of the device, making it smaller than most other phones on the market. In fact, it’s practically the same size as Apple’s iPhone 5, despite having a screen that’s 0.3 inches larger! And two, it was the first decent phone to ship with an Intel chip inside. Intel has been fighting for at least half a decade to make their chips power efficient enough to be put in smartphones, and with the RAZR i they not only achieved that, they also managed to outperform Qualcomm in several battery life benchmarks.
Which brings us to today’s news. The RAZR i shipped with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. There’s nothing wrong with that version of Android, but let’s be serious, we all love being up to date, right? According to the French website FrAndroid, RAZR i owners in that part of the world are being prompted to install a 300 MB software update that brings puts Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on their devices. It’s not Android 4.2, but we’re not going to complain.
Changing topic slightly, we hope that more companies will start using Intel’s chips going forward. Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 600 and 800 processors sound great, and so does Samsung’s Exynos Octa, but we feel like there needs to be a strong third player. Intel’s key strength is their ability to fabricate chips at process nodes that are at least two generations ahead of the competition. If they can leverage that to produce chips that perform better than what everyone else is making, then they deserve to take the market by storm.
Here’s hoping Motorola’s “X Phone” uses an Intel chip.