Today Motorola unveiled its latest RAZR smartphone, the RAZR i. The device is the company’s first handset that is powered by an Intel processor, and Motorola says the RAZR i “is the first smartphone that can achieve speeds of 2.0 GHz,” thanks to the Intel Atom chip.
However, the RAZR i won’t be released in the United States, at least not initially. The processor has only one core, which could affect multitasking and other device performance. And it doesn’t run on LTE networks, so shipping in an unlocked version for use in the States wouldn’t be ideal
The device has a 4.3″ display and a large battery that should provide up to 20 hours of normal use, according to Motorola. (The recently announced DROIR RAZR MAXX HD gets around 30 hours of battery life, Motorola says.) It runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it’s upgradable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And the RAZR i has NFC.
Motorola is trying to keep pace with rival Samsung in Europe, and the RAZR i will likely be priced to compete. The RAZR i is very similar to Motorola’s DROID RAZR m, excluding the Intel processor, and it should have a similar price tag. The DROID RAZR m is available from Verizon Wireless in the United States for $99.99 with a two-year service commitment.
A black version of the Motorola RAZR i will be available in October in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, and a white version will be released in select markets at a later date.
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