Today in London, Motorola and Intel hosted a joint event to announce the newest member of the Razr family and the first phone from Motorola to feature an Intel processor – the Motorola RAZR i.
The RAZR i is actually a variant of the Razr M that was launched a couple of weeks back in New York. It appears that the RAZR i will come to the UK market first, but the device will hit the rest of Europe and Latin America.
The Motorola RAZRi specs are similar to those of the American Razr M, with one big difference – the European version features an Intel Medfield processor. This would make the RAZR i the first device from a major international manufacturer to feature an Intel CPU, although the Orange San Diego, the Lava Xolo X900 and the Lenovo K800 have hit the market sooner.
The CPU in the RAZRi is the first mobile processor to reach frequencies of 2.0GHz. All three earlier Intel-powered devices were clocked at 1.6GHz. Moreover, Intel claims that the single-core Medfield chip in the RAZR i can beat dual-core processors from competitors. Some previous benchmarks do give credence to their statement, but we’ll have to wait for some hands-on time before we can verify the claim.
The other distinctive feature of the Motorola Droid RAZR i is the edge-to-edge 4.3-inch screen, with a 960 x 540 pixels resolution. Motorola emphasized that, while the RAZR i and the new iPhone 5 have about the same physical size, the screen on the “I” is actually larger, thanks to the very thin edge. Speaking of the display, it’s a Super AMOLED Advance.
Other noteworthy features include the distinctive Kevlar backing, the 8MP camera, NFC, and a respectable 2000mAH battery. The power pack should provide enough energy for 20 hours of use, and Motorola said that it’s 40% better than the iPhone 4S. The Droid RAZR i will come in 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB versions, and will feature a microSD card. Everything is packed into a nice aluminum frame that is supposed to be water repellent.
The RAZR i is obviously important for Intel, but it seems that Motorola has invested a lot into it too. The company’s Andrew Morley called the RAZR i the “biggest launch since the Razr”, ostensibly referring to the original Razr.
The black version of the Motorola RAZR i will be available in European and Latin American markets in October. So far, Motorola announced that the phone will sell in the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, while more markets will be announced in the future. The white version of the device (which we think looks better) will be available in “select markets”.
Stay tuned for pricing information.
LONDON – Sept. 18, 2012 – Motorola Mobility in partnership with Intel Corporation introduced the powerful Motorola RAZR™ i with Intel Inside®: the new full-screen smartphone that fits in the palm of your hand. Its Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border – giving you more screen with less phone. RAZR i is the first smartphone that can achieve speeds of 2.0 GHz thanks to a fast Intel® Atom™ processor. Jump from a game to a text and over to a playlist, then off to browse the Web – all without stopping and on a long-lasting battery that is 40 percent more powerful than the competition1.
The power of Intel Inside means you also get an instant-launch 8-megapixel camera that can load in less than a second2. Just use the dedicated camera key so you get the shot you want. When there’s action involved, multi-shot mode lets you snap 10 pictures in less than a second. And with the illuminated sensor located on the back and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, you’ll get a great shot, even in challenging lighting conditions.
“Together with Intel, we’re redefining what people can expect from a mobile device. A camera that launches in an instant, Web pages that load blazingly fast and a device that’s the perfect balance of screen size and fit in hand,” said Jim Wicks, senior vice president, Consumer Experience Design, Motorola Mobility. “RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone and add in extra long battery life.”
“Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside naturally blends together the value propositions of high performance Intel Architecture and great battery life, Motorola Mobility device innovation and the Android™ platform,” said Erik Reid, general manager, Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “Intel’s goal is to provide compelling technology options that translate into great user benefits and experiences. RAZR i is a great proofpoint in the collaboration and we’re thrilled to be working with Motorola to bring this edge-to-edge experience enhanced with Intel Inside to people around the world.”
Powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean), RAZR i puts the Google universe in your hand. Google Play™ gives you access to more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of books and thousands of movies. Get where you need to go with Google Maps for Android™ with free turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. And when your hands are full, use Voice Actions for Android™ on RAZR i to compose a text, get directions, make a call, play a song…or simply Google something. RAZR i also features near field communication (NFC) technology so you can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam™. Just hold the phones together and tap the screen.
Designed with premium protective materials, RAZR i is built to go everywhere. A diamond cut aircraft-grade aluminum4 frame surrounds the display, which is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass, to deflect both scratches and scrapes. On the back, RAZR i is made DuPont™ KEVLAR® strong3. Spilled coffee? Caught in the rain? Don’t worry. RAZR i is protected with a splash-guard coating—even on the electrical boards inside.
RAZR i already has a long battery – and when you set up the SMARTACTIONS™ battery savings rule your phone will automatically adjust to squeeze more out of each charge. Whether you want to maximize your last ounce of power, or prevent your phone from ringing during a meeting, SMARTACTIONS will automatically trigger specific actions. Motorola’s exclusive Guide Me app comes preloaded with interactive, swipe-by-swipe tutorials for tons of features – no instruction manual required. Also unique to Motorola, the interactive Circles Widget allows quick access to notifications, weather, time and more.
Availability and pricing
Motorola RAZR i will be available in black beginning in October in select European and Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico with more to be announced. A stand out white version will also be coming to select markets. Pricing and availability will vary by country, so please visit www.motorola.com/razri for the latest information.