Motorola shows off Intel-Android Phone

By Pamela Perez

Motorola has come out with its first Intel-powered Android smartphone- the Razr i. The new gadget comes with a Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass which spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border around the edge of the handset.

By Pamela Perez

Motorola has come out with its first Intel-powered Android smartphone- the Razr i. The new gadget comes with a Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display with Corning Gorilla Glass which spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border around the edge of the handset.

There is currently a handful of smartphones running on an Intel Atom processor, which may be seen as evidence that Intel is finally making headway into the smartphone business. The company’s chips have previously been taunted as power-hungry and inefficient to run in smartphones.

The Razr I closely resembles the Razr M. The big difference is under the hood- a single core 2-gigahertz Atom Z2480 "Medfield" chip. The processor allows the camera to capture 10 shots in less than a second and has a dedicated camera key – features not available on the Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Razr M. 

For battery life, Jim Wicks, senior vice president of consumer experience design for Motorola, noted the phone lasted a bit longer than the Razr M, the Razr i having 20 hours of normal smartphone routine.

This new effort may be taken to directly address the concern that Intel's processors weren't as efficient as Qualcomm's Snapdragon or Nvidia's Tegra processors. Intel has been suffering through this stigma for a while and has dampened its efforts in the mobile business.

"We're thrilled to get another proof point out there," Mike Bell, vice president and general manager for Intel's mobile computing group said. "We're proud to show off the capabilities."

In addition, the Razr i features an 8-megapixel camera and a 2,000-milliamp battery, and runs Android 4.0, or Ice Cream Sandwich, just like the Razr M.

The Motorola Razr i will be available from October in the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, with further markets to be announced later.

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