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Motorola has just revealed its first smartphone powered by an Intel mobile processor, the RAZR i, at an event in London this morning. Although the exterior of the new device shares a lot of similarities with the previously released RAZR M, such as a 4.3-inch display and Kevlar coating on the back, it couldn't be more different inside, packing an Intel CPU clocked at 2GHz.

Motorola claims that the processor is "40% more efficient" than the competition, comparing the RAZR i to the iPhone 4S, so it will be interesting to see how much usage can be squeezed out of the phone's 2,000mAh battery.

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Like the RAZR M, you'll find an 8MP camera on the RAZR i, and thanks to the 2GHz Intel CPU and a dedicated camera button on the side of the phone, you will be able to launch the camera in less than a second. In that time, you will also be able to capture 10 images in 'multi-shot' mode.

The phone will launch next month with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0), but Motorola says that it's "upgradeable to Jelly Bean." As this phone will be one of Motorola's flagship devices in Europe, I'm sure we'll see software updates sooner rather than later.

It's been a while since Motorola made a big splash in Europe, with the Milestone (the company's re-branded and underpowered Droid) failing to gain any traction in EU markets. One phone that was very successful however, especially in the UK, was the original RAZR, so Motorola is sure to have high hopes for the RAZR i when it launches next month.

It will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico initially, with more countries to be announced.

Source: Intel Newsroom

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • SpectroBR

    Benchmarks ASAP!

  • Himmat Singh

    Wow...a 2GHz multi-threaded single-core CPU. As good as the fabled 2GHz dual-core we were supposed to see from Samsung I guess.

  • PhilNelwyn

    "As this phone will be Motorola's flagship device in Europe[...]."

    So they won't sell the Razr HD in Europe?

  • Cheeseball

    I'm guessing this would be as powerful as a Snapdragon S4 dual-core @ 1.5 GHz, since it's 2 GHz single-core but has HT Technology to handle two processes at a time.

  • funkyblue

    Benchmark the battery. That is the most important. 20 hours of what type of usage? It is not launching with Jelly Bean and locked down. Not much Cyanogenmod support for Motorola.

    • nat chan

      Yeah. Locked down like how they are locking the bootloader right? Seesh. Please at least get your facts right...

  • jaysann22

    Isn't Germany banning Motorola??

    • Blub

      not yet, perhaps it will, when apple pay more money (45 Mio. €) at the munich jury

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=591401138 Craig Trunzo

    Googlerola better get out it's legal team. isn't the use of "i" as a descriptive part of a name, and the actual letter itself, trademarked and patented by Apple?

    • http://twitter.com/homncruse Aaron Burke

      If they can trademark/patent a shape, I don't see why they can't trademark/patent a letter of the alphabet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Zerounodos Manoleta Bocchia de Coussillan

    Ok, now I'm really interested since it's coming to Argentina! What about the app support problem there seemed to appear with intel? Or am I just plain wrong?

    • Mark

      Not wrong. App support will suck. Some App developers, especially games and graphic oriented apps, will need to make an x86 version of their app specifically. This will create further fragmentation. Exynos/Nvidia/TI/Qualcomm at least it was all ARM and there were basic instructions common among them all. It was already annoying that some games were Nvidia optimized, but introduce Intel and a whole new set of instructions and only the simplest of Java apps will run. I know this from experience.

  • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.locker2 Daniel Locker

    Now this is the phone i have been wishing for. Finally.

  • snype09

    I'm just excited because they used a lower case letter in the name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    Not the bezel less phone we've been hyped up about, but would it support lapdock as well or is that a dead feature?

  • Mark

    They need to squash this. Ridiculous. I have experience with Android on Intel tablets and 70% of the apps in the Market/PlayStore won't run because of Java's native extensions. I don't know the technical details but I know most of the programs didn't show up in the market, only simple games and apps showed up. Can you imagine not being able to play Angry Birds on the RAZRi? Meh.