Although Intel’s first ventures in the Android universe have been a lot more hesitant than what we expected from the world’s largest chip maker, the Santa Clara-based company is slowly, but steadily moving in the right direction.

Motorola’s Razr I has been the first Intel-powered smartphone to aspire at the high-end niche, and, although that’s yet to see the light of day in North America, it seems to have drawn in some decent audiences in Europe and South America.

It should come as no surprise therefore that Moto and Intel are now moving to capitalize on that popularity also in China, where the previously rumored MT788 has just been officially unveiled.

This is an almost identical handheld to the Razr I internally, but on the exterior the two phones have very few things in common. Unfortunately, Motorola has dropped the Kevlar backing for a much more plain-looking (and we’re guessing less sturdy) exterior, available in either black or white.

The much thicker bezel is another MT788 design point that we can’t say we love, although we still hope the new phone won’t be heavier than the Razr I (126 grams). The water protection has most likely also disappeared, which is a bit odd, considering that’s a very popular feature across Asia.

Moving on from the slightly disappointing design, let’s talk specs. The MT788 is powered by the same single-core Intel Atom Z2460 CPU found inside the Razr I, clocked at a whopping 2 GHz. We’ve seen the processor tested and benchmarked a couple of times already, and, while it doesn’t look like the world’s snappiest, it’s darn good for a single-core unit.

1 GB of RAM should nicely take care of MT788’s multitasking, but unfortunately the on-board storage has shrunk to only 4 GB, compared with Razr I’s 8 gigs. There is however microSD support for expanding the memory, while the 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display has Corning Gorilla Glass and a 960 x 540 pixels resolution.

Motorola has proven a bit cheap on the battery life front too, equipping the MT788 with a 1,735 mAh unit instead of the heftier 2,000 mAh of the Razr I. Oddly, the front-facing camera has been bumped, from 0.3 MP to 1.3, while the rear-facing shooter is equipped with the same 8 MP sensor.

Though it will only see the light of day on China Mobile around mid-December, Motorola’s new Intel-powered phone will still run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. No words on pricing, but we should definitely expect this to be more affordable than its international “cousin”.

Anyone excited about MT788’s coming? How much do you think it’ll cost?

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