When Motorola announced the new lineup of DROID RAZR smartphones a couple of weeks back, everybody thought that would be the final DROID RAZR lineup for the manufacturer going into the holiday season. Nuhhuh – looks like Papa Motorola had one final trick up their sleeves and was saving the most interesting for last, as the company today announced the Motorola RAZR i, one of the first Android smartphones with Intel inside.
Unlike most phones on the market, which utilizes an integrated ARM based processor, the Motorola RAZR i uses an x86 2 GHz Intel Atom processor, of basically the same sort you’d see in many low-end computers on the market today. The processor has been said to have been highly optimized for power efficiency, meaning you shouldn’t be seeing laptop-quality battery times on this guy, which would be obviously unacceptable on a cell phone.
Besides the Intel processor, the Motorola RAZR i is essentially the same phone as the DROID RAZR M that was announced at their event – it’s got the same Kevlar body, the same camera, the same 4″ 540×960 Super AMOLED Advanced display, same 8.3 mm thickness. Some slight changes include an upped amount of internal storage (from 4GB to 4.5GB) and a dedicated camera button, as the company’s advertising on this guy seems to be putting some emphasis on how well the camera performs.
The Motorola RAZR i comes preinstalled with Android 4.0 with an update to Android 4.1 coming “soon” (whatever that means). Intel touts compatibility with 95% of all apps on the Google Play store, so most users shouldn’t need to worry about that either. It’ll be released in October in the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico – unfortunately, there seems to be no indications on when, or if, this unique little guy will be making its way over to the US.