Razr i is Motorola's first Intel-powered Android smartphone

Motorola on Tuesday announced its first Android smartphone powered by an Intel processor. The Razr i is essentially the Droid Razr M for Verizon announced in early September, but with an Intel chip inside instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

Motorola’s Razr i is not the first ever Intel-powered smartphone, but it’s the most high profile so far. The phone uses a new version of Intel’s Atom single-core smartphone chip running at 2GHz, which is slightly faster than the 1.6GHz processor in the first Intel-driven smartphones, available only in China, Russia, India and UK. The Razr i is not destined for the U.S. market either – it will be available initially from October in Europe and Latin America only, and no pricing has been announced yet.

Besides the Intel chip, the Razr i features the same 4.3-inch AMOLED display as the Verizon-bound Droid Razr M with a resolution of 540 by 960 pixel. It runs on Google Android 4.0 (upgradeable to Jelly Bean) and Motorola did not add its Motoblur UI layer on top, with a few exceptions on the home screen interface. The phone won’t come preloaded with Chrome for Android either, as Google has yet to optimize it for Intel chips. The Razr i is also limited to 3G speeds, while its U.S. counterpart support 4G LTE.

The Razr i does however have a few optimizations that you won’t find in the Razr M. The phone has a dedicated camera key and Motorola claims it can capture 10 shots in less than a second with the 8-megapixel on-board camera, while the 2000mAh battery should last slightly longer than on the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Razr M. Motorola also says the Razr i will have 4.5GB of user-accessible on-board storage, which is 0.5GB more than on the Razr M.

Currently Intel is noticeably absent from the booming mobile chip market dominated by the competing ARM-architecture processors found in devices such as the iPhone, the iPad, and most Android smartphones and tablets. But earlier this month Intel outlined its strategy for breaking into the mobile device space. At the Intel Developers Forum it talked about its "Medfield SoCo" Atom processor for smartphones and tablets it will be manufacturing this year.

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