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This morning in London, Motorola and Intel have announced the Motorola RAZR i - the first smartphone to feature a 2GHz Intel processor. Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and combined with a 4.3inch qHD edge-to-edge display, a 2000 mAh battery and a 1080p 8MP camera (which can take 10 pictures per second) the RAZR i looks like a good piece of kit.

The device will launch in the beginning of October with UK partners Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin, Tesco and Phones 4U.

We're still on the ground in London, so stay tuned to AC for our first hands on with the new Motorola RAZR i.

You can check the full press release below:

Motorola Mobility in partnership with Intel Corporation introduced the powerful Motorola RAZR™ i 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.
“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.”
“Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside naturally blends together the value propositions of high performance Intel Architecture and great battery life, Motorola Mobility device innovation and the Android™ platform,” said Erik Reid, general manager, Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “Intel’s goal is to provide compelling technology options that translate into great user benefits and experiences. RAZR i is a great proofpoint in the collaboration and we’re thrilled to be working with Motorola to bring this edge-to-edge experience enhanced with Intel Inside to people around the world.”
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 simply Google something. 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 aluminum4 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, SMARTACTIONS 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 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.


Reader comments

Motorola announces the RAZR i with Intel


Regardless of who/how he is, QHd is a fail.. in this day and age, it also benches a lot lower than the RAZR M, biggest disappointment with it as well is the screen resolution.

It's a different type of single core processor. Why is ICS. A fail again? Anything that can run ICS can also run JB in most cases. I'm sure this phone will soon get JB.

That's the problem with Android. A brand new phone without the latest OS version. It doesn't make sense.

I'm sure that this phone has been in the works for a good while, so there is no excuse for no Jelly Bean.

What are you blabbering about? That's the perfect excuse to now have Jelly Bean. If you build a product from the ground up with ICS, you stick with that. You don't redo things at the last moment. Have you ever worked on a project of any kind?

Then they should have waited to introduce it with JB. Other phones are releasing with it with no problems. And we all know about "promised updates".

So, isn't this just the RAZR m but with an Intel processor? It even has the visible Torx screws on the sides.

That said, this is awesome that they finally got what appears to be a decent Intel-powered phone going. I want to see the benchmarks and performance test videos of the RAZR m and RAZR i side by side. That would be like apples to apples comparison of Snapdragon to Intel's (whatever they call it) processor, since they're in the same basic test bed. But if it isn't at least as fast as the Snapdragon, it will suffer an untimely demise at the keyboards of tech bloggers everywhere. LOL

Edited to add:

Oh boy... didn't exactly "win" at the benchmarks versus the RAZR m. Not good for the future of Intel processors in phones, is it?

Googlerola better get out it's legal team. isn't the use of "i" as a descriptive part of a name, and the actual letter itself, trademarked and patented by Apple?

The "I" stands for Intel and is not being used for no legitimate reason.. Anyone using Intel chips can use an "I"

Why qHD when your other Razrs are full HD? Why ICS instead of Jelly Bean? Why 2000 mAh battery instead of a 3000+ mAh like your Maxx? Why only 4.3 inch display and nothing bigger as a option? And how much RAM? Anything below 2GB would be disappointing. Motorola dropped the ball, this could have been the super phone everyone has been waiting for. With Intel power inside it might have been able even to take on Big As. I guess the only Android phone any should consider anymore are Nexus phones.

IMO, this is a big fat fail. and am i just missing something cause the "edge to edge" display doesnt look like its any close to teh edge than my one s???

was really hoping for something a little more revolutionary but instead we get intel, playing the speed game again "2GHZ" WOW 2ghz which doesnt mean CRAP if it doesnt execute things efficiently.

FAIL!!! ONLY thing they got right is the size!! WE DONT ALL HAVE GORILLA HANDS!!