September proved to be a busy month in the mobile space with the arrival of the iPhone 5, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, various Windows Phone 8 handsets and the LG Optimus G. Well now we can add to that Motorola’s latest offering, the new RAZR i.
Although this potentially sounds like an impossible partnership between Motorola and Apple, it is in fact a partnership between the Google-owned mobile manufacturer and Intel, makers of all manner of processors for both home and mobile computers.
Intel debuted one of their first Android devices in the the form of the Orange San Diego earlier this year, but a partnership with a recognised manufacturer such as Motorola makes it a little more high profile. So with this in mind, the RAZR i is an amalgamation of the ideals of both companies intentions within the mobile space. But what does it offer against the competition. Read our full Motorola RAZR i review.
What are its main features?
On the surface the new RAZR i resembles the Motorola RAZR M which was announced in New York, but the Intel based architecture means that it’s founded upon wholly different stuff. Internal hardware aside, Motorola have also taken care with the external design of the RAZR i, which features an aluminium body, as with the first Android-based RAZR a Kevlar backing for added strength and an impressive edge to edge display. What’s more Intel say that thanks to their Intel Atom processor, the RAZR i can take a photo in less than a second of the shutter press and in burst mode, capture ten photos per second.
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced qHD (540×960 pixels) display
- Intel Atom 2GHz single-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording at 30fps
- 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- WiFi with hotspot functionality
- 3G/LTE connectivity
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- Splash-guard hydrophobic coating
- Kevlar backing and aluminium body
- 2000 mAh battery
What operating system will the Motorola RAZR i run on?
Motorola have promised that the RAZR i will make the jump to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean sometime soon, but no official date was set at launch. In the meantime, the device will arrive to market running the latest iteration of Android prior to Jelly Bean, version 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
What are the alternatives?
If you want to see Intel-based smartphone competition, you’re only option right now is the Orange San Diego, although as the Motorola stated during its launch, the 2GHz single-core Intel Atom chip should be more than capable of going toe to toe with the current dual-core players in the market. With this in mind, we suspect it’ll offer consumers similar performance to the likes of the Nokia Lumia 800 or the HTC One S.
Where will the Motorola RAZR i be available?
Thankfully, Motorola were able to provide a host of UK carriers slated to offer the forthcoming new RAZR. The likes of EE, T-Mobile, Tesco Mobile and Virgin Mobile all look set to offer customers the RAZR i in the UK, whilst elsewhere the handset will be made available in France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico to start, with a further roll out coming soon after.
When will the Motorola RAZR i launch?
Following on from today’s unveiling, Motorola have promised that the RAZR i will arrive to the initial markets, including the UK, from the beginning of October.