Motorola teams up with Intel, announces RAZR i in Europe: packs 2GHz Medfield processor, launches next month

Motorola’s revealed the first smartphone to be borne from its team-up with Intel. Here in London, UK, it’s a familiar-looking Android smartphone with an important internal difference. The RAZR i will be running on one of Intel’s latest mobile chips (2GHz processor), differentiating it from what we saw from the Google-owned phone-maker a few weeks earlier. Motorola’s calling the phone its biggest launch in the UK since the original RAZR.

Motorola’s touting the (almost “edge-to-edge”) 4.3-inch AMOLED display, 2,000mAh of battery and the same Kevlar coating — it’s water repellent this time. But this event is also about Intel’s 2GHz processor inside. The chipmaker says it’s optimized the architecture for web browsing, especially for Java-based activities. It’s also pushing for power consumption even on processor-intensive activities like gaming — but we’ll have to wait for our own tests to check it out.

The RAZR i also packs a similar 8-megapixel camera and interface to those other new Motorola phones, with under a second start-up to get the camera app running — we bet that dedicated camera button helps there. Intel made similar promises with the Orange San Diego, but were already intrigued by that Vanilla-looking interface.

NFC is already baked in, with Android Beam taking control of what you need, while its bootloader arrives unlocked. The RAZR i appears to be packing some iteration of Android 4 — but we’re still checking on whether it’ll be coming with ICS or the newer Jelly Bean. The phone will arrive in the likes of UK, France, Germany and Brazil — but no news on whether it’ll appear inside North America’s borders.

Source: Engadget

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