Motorola announces RAZR i with 2GHz Intel chip and ‘edge-to-edge’ display
Motorola has officially lifted the lid on the the RAZR i, the phone-maker’s first smartphone powered by an Intel Atom processor.
Unveiled today at the company’s Edge press event in London, the RAZR i is essentially a rebranded and revamped Droid RAZR M that launched stateside last week, boasting a 4.3-inch ‘edge-to-edge’ AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass protection) and a 2GHz Intel chipset to keep things ticking over.
Also on board is an eight-megapixel snapper with a dedicated shutter release and a new and improved camera app that’s said to launch just under a second. Near Field Communication (NFC) support is also built in for making low-ticket contactless payments and transferring data more easily.
Last but not least, there’s a 2,000mAh battery to ensure there’s ample juice to last through the day – up to 40 per cent longer than the iPhone 5, in fact, claims Motorola.
“This is our biggest launch since the RAZR and is the first result in the collaboration with Intel. We are literally pushing design to the edge,” said Andrew Morley, general manager at Motorola UK.
While there hasn’t been much in the way of a fully fledged collaboration since Moto was acquired by Google last year, Jim Wicks, senior VP of design at phone-maker said the handsets it is now producing are inspired by the companies’ shared background.
“This legacy of creative thinking is something we have in common with Google.
“We are both driven by innovation and the new Motorola is focused on three key things: speed, power management – a phone is only half a phone if it only works half a day – and Android, which drives the kind of innovation that makes a difference in people’s lives.
“We are extremely excited about bringing Android and Intel together.”
Like the reimagined, candy bar RAZR that landed earlier this year, the RAZR i also boasts a scratch and splash-resistant Kevlar casing. There’ll be three storage variants on offer: 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. It’s not clear, however, if the handset will come with the latest Jelly Bean edition of Android or the superannuated Ice Cream Sandwich iteration.
Orange, T-Mobile, Phones 4U, Virgin Media and Tesco Mobile will be ranging the handset starting early October. Pricing has yet to be confirmed but will be revealed closer to launch.
Those of you looking to pick it up sans contract, meanwhile, will be happy to know the RAZR i will be sold for a reasonably wallet-friendly £342 (inc.VAT) by SIM-free retailer Clove.
By Dew Alam