Hands-on with the Motorola RAZR i

We're live in London where Motorola and Intel have just taken the wraps off the RAZR i, a new Intel-powered smartphone with a 2GHz Atom CPU and edge-to-edge SuperAMOLED display. It's a big deal for Moto and Intel -- the RAZR i becomes the company's new international flagship, and it's also the first Intel phone from a top-tier smartphone manufacturer. The phone also sees Moto take a step forward in terms of build quality, with an aluminum-framed screen and significantly smaller bezel than its earlier efforts.

We've just had our first hands-on with the phone, so check past the break to get a quick tour of Moto and Intel's new baby.

More Motorola RAZR i --

  • Hands-on gallery
  • Initial photo and video samples
  • Announcement event video and liveblog
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  • The video is marked as "private". I'm unable to view.
  • It's working now. Thanks!
  • Looks like Intel is continuing to push forward into mobile. It will be interesting to compare this with the ARM models.
  • Ugly phone.
  • Alex you seemed very eager to just yank the phone out of his hand and do the review yourself....which you should've done!
  • Agreed... that guy seemed lost and confused.
  • Does it have Wi-Di? You know Intels own standard for transmiting display content via wifi?
  • I don't think I've ever heard aluminum pronounced ammo-linium, actually aircraft ammo-linium. Too funny.
  • Not ammolinium, but aluminium, aluminum is an american word, in the rest of the world its called aluminium.
  • The whole world pronounce it the same way except in the USA.
  • This looks pretty good. I'm usually not that fond of Motorola phones but this seems pretty nice. Especially the screen. Though I wonder how this 2Ghz single-cored CPU is compared to the quads that most high-end phones have (international versions). I mean a quad-core 1.4 Ghz sounds alot better than a 2Ghz even though it is single-cored.
  • All those cores may sound good, but how many apps can actually utilize 4 cores? Are there any at all? The vast majority of apps will perform better with a faster single core, although I would think battery life would take a hit. I would love to know more about real-world everyday performance.
  • If the os can utilize them i would think it could use a full core to do the app and the remaining three for phone functions. I have no idea how android uses cores though.
  • Moto actually made another device without a giant bezel!? Shocked.
  • I know everybody here is in love with small bezels because it looks cool, but these aren't TVs, I have enough trouble as it is with unintended touches on my EVO 3D. Does everybody here just have dainty fingers and always use two hands? Or am I just getting grumpy as I get older?
  • I press the back button on my S3 all the time. You get use to learning how to use the phone.
  • No, it's not just you and yes, we're both getting grumpier. :-) I always get the biggest, bulkiest case I can find just so I have something to hold on to.
  • So it's the Razr M with an Intel processor.
  • This, and I want to see a side-by-side performance test of the Moto RAZR m and RAZR i before I ever consider buying a phone with an Intel processor. Same basic test bed, different processors - fight! Edited to add: Engadget beat y'all to it: http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/motorolas-razr-i-benchmarks-intel-2gh... Synopsis: The Intel-powered RAZR i is slower overall but holds its own against the RAZR m.
  • You must be new here. We don't do benchmarks. Ever :) Especially not on pre-production devices.
  • How is it that, after all this time JB has been on the market, phones are still coming with ICS? A guaranteed update is meaningless without a guaranteed time limit you'll be waiting for it.
  • These phones take half a year or more to develop, and they have to be tested thoroughly (by both Moto and the carrier) before they are sold by any carrier. You can't rip out the OS and stick in the latest and just assume all those test cases you passed on the old OS are still okay. So, you sell the hardware with the old OS and then have a team concurrently developing the new OS and testing it and try to have it out ASAP after release. That's how it is done, and the only way to improve it would be for Google to assign an engineer for each device to sit down with Moto or any other OEM and hold their hands during design with the latest, greatest OS that is constantly shifting as it is being developed - you know, the Nexus development paradigm.
  • Excuse me for being ignorant, I'm still working on my first cup of Joe, but what would be the advantages of having an Intel proeccesor? Is it better battery life or..?
  • Probably lower cost than TI so they can break into the business...
  • I have been seeing some of my apps changelog say there is now support for x86 processors. I assume this means intel. I wonder if there will be any way people will know before they buy these that there is a possibility a lot of apps aren't going to work with it? That's the only thing I would be worried about. How do you make sure your favorite apps are compatible? There is no way you can rely on the people selling the phones. They aren't geniuses after all...
  • For now, it is still Intel porting Android and it will lag behind the main. They have just released the Intel Jelly Bean and that cannot be used for commercial product yet, I think, since the carriers need time to do their testing.
  • People... This phone is NOT MEANT TO BE A FLAGSHIP!!! Intel even has gone on record saying that this CPU is targeted at midrange phones! This is why it only has qHD, single core CPU, etc. Also for those of you putting down Medfield just because it isn't benching higher than the s4.. remember that this is a SINGLE CORE CPU. The s4 is a DUAL CORE cpu? Of course its not gonna bench as high. The point you need to see here is that for a single core CPU these scores are REALLY close to the s4! What do you think would happen if intel released this CPU as a dual core and these benches were rerun? Intels Medfield CPU would demolish the s4 and be on par with Exynos quad core if another core is added. Use your brains people.