Following the recent retail availability in neighboring Britain, Motorola has today made available for purchase the RAZR i in France. The Intel powered RAZR i is available on contract from SFR starting at €9.90, or SIM-free for €399 from selected retailers.
We found the RAZR i to be a surprisingly competant device, with a decent camera and a bright -- if a litttle fuzzy -- edge to edge display. The thing that continues to concern is the off contract price. The RAZR i is a mid-range device that is sitting a little too close to the high-end price range. However, if you think this could be the phone for you, be sure to check out our review before parting with your hard earned. The full press release can be found after the break.
Motorola Mobility Introduces the Powerful Motorola RAZR™ i with Intel Inside® and an Edge-to-Edge Display in France
Say hello to the full-screen phone
PARIS – October 11, 2012 – Motorola Mobility introduces the powerful Motorola RAZRTMi with Intel Inside®, the new full-screen smartphone that fits in the palm of your hand. Its Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border - giving you more screen with less phone. RAZR i is the first smartphone that can achieve speeds of 2.0 GHz thanks to a fast Intel® Atom™ processor. Jump from a game to a text and over to a playlist, then off to browse the Web - all without stopping and on a long-lasting battery that is 40 percent more powerful than the competition1.
The power of Intel Inside means you also get an instant-launch 8-megapixel camera that can load in less than a second2. Just use the dedicated camera key so you get the shot you want. When there’s action involved, multi-shot mode lets you snap 10 pictures in less than a second. And with the illuminated sensor located on the back and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, you’ll get a great shot, even in challenging lighting conditions.
“An instant launch camera that takes 10 pictures in less than a second and Web pages that load blazingly fast on a device that’s the perfect balance of screen size that fits in the palm of your hand,” said Nadia Cappelaere, general manager, Motorola Mobility France SAS. “RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone and add in extra long battery life.”
"Our goal is to provide new features that allows the best smartphone experience possible," said Stéphane Negro, CEO of Intel France. "The collaboration with Motorola comes to life today with the RAZR i smartphone which offers all the benefits of Intel ® architectures such as high performances and outstanding autonomy for all users."
Powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean), RAZR i puts the Google universe in your hand. Google Play™ gives you access to more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of books and thousands of movies. Get where you need to go with Google Maps™ for Android™ with free turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. And when your hands are full, use Voice Actions for Android on RAZR i to compose a text, get directions, make a call, play a song...or search the internet using Google. RAZR i also features near field communication (NFC) technology so you can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam™. Just hold the phones together and tap the screen.
Designed with premium protective materials, RAZR i is built to go everywhere. A diamond cut aircraft-grade aluminum frame surrounds the display, which is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass, to deflect both scratches and scrapes. On the back, RAZR i is made DuPont™ KEVLAR® strong3. Spilled coffee? Caught in the rain? Don’t worry. RAZR i is protected with a splash-guard coating—even on the electrical boards inside.
RAZR i already has a long battery - and when you set up the SMARTACTIONS™ battery savings rule your phone will automatically adjust to squeeze more out of each charge. Whether you want to maximize your last ounce of power, or prevent your phone from ringing during a meeting, RAZR i will automatically trigger specific actions. Motorola’s exclusive Guide Me app comes preloaded with interactive, swipe-by-swipe tutorials for tons of features – no instruction manual required. Also unique to Motorola, the interactive Circles Widget allows quick access to notifications, weather, time and more.
Availability and pricing
Motorola RAZR i is now available with SFR (online and Espaces SFR), for 9,90€ with Formule Carrée 6Go contract, for 9,90€ with Formule Carrée 4Go contract and for 39,90€ with Formule Carrée 2Go contract.(all prices are given with taxes included). For more information please visit www.sfr.fr
RAZR i will also be available at selected retailers and distributors for a Motorola Recommended Price of 399€ (all taxes included, without contract).
Motorola RAZR i will launch in France with an unlockable bootloader. For more information on this feature, please check www.motorola.com/unlockbootloader