By Anu Passary | Sep 19, 2012 10:04 AM EDT
On Sept. 18, Google's Motorola Mobility took the wraps off its new smartphone for Europe and Latin America. The new device, named the RAZR i, will be the company's first Intel-powered Android smartphone.
"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, Motorola's VP of marketing.
The RAZR i is similar to the RAZR M, unveiled earlier in September for U.S. consumers, in terms of screen size and the Android platform. However, unlike the RAZR M's Qualcomm processor, the RAZR i features an Intel processor. The company's decision to opt for an Intel chip over energy-efficient processors made by Qualcomm and Samsung has come as surprise to tech gurus.
"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," stated Jim Wicks, head of design at Motorola. "We are extremely excited about bringing Android and Intel together."
The RAZR i sports a 4.3-inch "edge-to-edge" Super AMOLED Advance display with 960 x 540 resolution. Motorola asserts that the display is 15 percent bigger than that of Apple's iPhone 5. The RAZR i has a robust yet lightweight Kevlar body and the smartphone packs in a 2GHz Intel Atom processor that employs a 32 nanometer manufacturing, making for a superfast device. A 2000mAh battery powers the RAZR i and the smartphone features an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, with burst mode. The camera can take 10 shots within a second in this mode and Motorola Mobility claims that the camera is faster than a regular DSLR.
Additionally, the smartphone supports NFC and will come pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device is expected to get a Jelly Bean upgrade eventually. The smartphone is available in 8/16/32GB on-board storage options and also has an expandable memory option, thanks to the microSD card slot.
The RAZR i is expected to hit the shelves in the U.K. in early October.
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