Sep 18 AT 9:18 AM Taylor Wimberly 24 Comments

Motorola announces RAZR i with 2 GHz Intel chip

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Motorola just announced three new RAZR phones for Verizon, and today the handset maker teamed up with Intel to reveal the RAZR i. This new smartphone looks almost exactly like the Motorola RAZR M we saw earlier this month, but it now features a 2.0 GHz Intel Atom chip.

Highlights of the RAZR M include Android 4.0 (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), 4.3-inch “edge-to-edge” 960×540 Super AMOLED display, 2.0 GHz Intel Atom Z2460 (base clock speed 1.3 GHz), 8-megapixel rear shooter, a front-facing VGA camera, NFC, a 2000 mAh battery, and support for HSPA+ networks.

Motorola RAZR i will be available in black beginning in October in select European and Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico with more to be announced. A stand out white version will also be coming to select markets. Pricing and availability will vary by country, so Motorola suggests you visit www.motorola.com/razri for the latest information.

New features of the RAZR i, not found in the RAZR M, include instant-launch camera and multi-shot mode that lets you snap 10 pictures in less than a second. Motorola has been traditionally weak in the camera department when compared with others, so it’s nice to see them include these features.

“Together with Intel, we’re redefining what people can expect from a mobile device. A camera that launches in an instant, Web pages that load blazingly fast and a device that’s the perfect balance of screen size and fit in hand,” said Jim Wicks, senior vice president, Consumer Experience Design, Motorola Mobility. “RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone and add in extra long battery life.”

So how does Intel’s single-core 2.0 GHz chip match up with Qualcomm’s dual-core 1.5 GHz chip found in the RAZR M? Early benchmark scores show that the Intel Atom exceeds at browser javascript performance, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus wins all the other synthetic tests. We have only played with the Droid RAZR M, so we don’t know if there will be any noticeable difference in performance between the two devices.

This is Intel’s most high profile smartphone launch ever, but this device is not currently slated for the US and Motorola is still using Qualcomm to power their flagship devices. Hopefully next year we will see a hero device with Intel inside come to the US and give the ARM-based chip producers a better challenge.

Via: Motorola Media Center

Source: Motorola RAZR i

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