Motorola Mobility took the wraps off a new Android smartphone featuring Intel Inside at a press conference in London on Tuesday. "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, the general manager of Intel's mobile
and communications group.
Destined for initial deployment in selected European and Latin American markets beginning in October, the RAZR i smartphone incorporates a 2.0-gigahertz Intel Atom processor capable of extending battery life by up to 40 percent in comparison with Apple's iPhone 4S, according to Google's Motorola Mobility business division.
The power of having Intel Inside means that users will receive an instant-launch 8-megapixel camera that doubles as an HD camcorder featuring full 1080p resolution. According to Juli Burda, a spokeswoman for Motorola Mobility, the mobile device's high-resolution rear-facing camera also can load in less than a second.
"Just use the dedicated camera key so you get the shot you want," Burda wrote in a blog.
When there's action involved, a multi-shot mode enables users to snap 10 pictures in less than a second, Burda said.
"And with the illuminated sensor located on the back and high dynamic range capabilities, you'll get a great shot, even in challenging lighting conditions," Burda said.
Another advantage of having Intel Inside is that Web pages load blazingly fast, said Motorola Mobility Senior Vice President Jim Wicks. "RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone," Wicks said Tuesday.
Designed with Protective Materials
Sporting a thickness of just one-third of an inch and measuring 4.82x2.4 inches, the new RAZR i smartphone is slated to ship with Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich. It also will be upgradable to the next Android version known as Jelly Bean.
Surrounded by an aluminum bezel and protected by Corning Gorilla glass, the handset's edge-to-edge, 4.3-inch super AMOLED display provides users with more screen real estate to navigate. Moreover, the new handset's back shell is made of super-strong DuPont Kevlar synthetic fiber and the entire device is protected by a splash-guard coating.
The RAZR i smartphone integrates a near-field communication (NFC) technology dubbed Android Beam that enables users to easily share contacts, Web pages, directions and apps with a single tap of the device to another Android handset with NFC capabilities. Moreover, the same technology will enable users to make in-store purchases with a tap of their phone in selected markets.
Other Handset Features
The RAZR i also will ship with a Smartactions app for prolonging device battery life. The power conservation app, for example, gives users the ability to set their devices to automatically conserve power whenever the handset is sitting idle.
Motorola Mobility has not yet fully sketched out the new handset's technical specifications. However, the preliminary specs indicate that the RAZR i will also sport a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for supporting video chat sessions as well as a micro USB port.
We asked Motorola Mobility when the new handset might take its inaugural bows in the United States.
"Motorola RAZR i was announced for select markets in Europe and Latin America," Burda told us. "I can't comment on future announcements."
Motorola RAZR i will be initially aimed at customers in select markets such as the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Pricing and availability is expected to vary by country when the new handset rolls out next month.