The smartphone race goes on, and Google’s Motorola has just announced the Motorola RAZR i that comes with an Intel Medfield processor inside. It comes sporting a 4.3 inch display and with Google’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich (sadly, no Jelly Bean). It seems like the direct copy of the Razr M, a smartphone that has Qualcomm’s chip inside and it was launched in the United States, earlier this fall, in September.  This is quite big news, especially for Intel, because we know how eager they were to join the mobile race.

We know that Intel is the biggest player when it comes to the PC industry, so making the switch to mobile took a while. The Motorola Razr i is not the first smartphone with an Intel processor inside, but it’s definitely the first one to come from a respected brand such as Motorola (regarded by some as the creator of the mobile phone, actually). Intel launched the SanDiego smartphone in partnership with Orange, but it can’t really compare with the know-how that Motorola has.

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2Ghz Motorola RAZR i Launched with Intel Inside


The most impressive feature of the Motorola Razr i seems to be, well, its processor, that is said to have a maximum clock speed of 2Ghz, but we’re not sure if that impressive strength could be achieved in real-world scenarios. With the launch of the Motorola Razr i, Intel basically starts the war with ARM, the British company that provides the technology behind Qualcomm’s and Samsung’s processors. We had to chance to talk with an ARM representative at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona about the ARM Cortex A15.

On the hardware, the Razr i features the following:

  • 540 x 960 Super AMOLED advanced display
  • 8.3mm thickness
  • 2,000mAh battery (take that, iPhone)
  • Kevlar back panel (while this provides an increased protection, it might be the exact reason why many won’t buy it. The front design makes it gorgeous, but the back panel might make you turn your eyes away.)
  • 4.5GB of user-accessible memory

Can it make a splash on the market?

An important accent has been put on the camera. It is said that the 8 MP snapper should start in less than a second and it also features a burst mode that will please photo lovers as it takes up to 10 shots/second. Also, it can record 1080p videos. It also has built-in NFC capabilities, further increasing the chances for a bright future for this new standard. What will impress you will be the edge-to-edge display, of course. Let’s hope Intel’s processor will make things smoothly move on it.

The big difference between the Razr i and the Razr M is the fact that the latter is LTE-enabled, while the Razr i seems to be targeted at Europe and Latin America where it will use the 3G networks. The phone has a scheduled launch for October and it will be interesting to see how the two “twins” will perform. Google and Motorola have been smart about these 2 launches, because they will be able to analyze the performance of a better processor with no 4G speeds against the performance of a LTE smartphone, with a different, more commonly used processor.

Update: Some recent tests that compare the Intel Medfield processor against its opponent ARM show that not only Intel’s kernels fail to reach the same performance as ARM’s processor, but it actually finds itself at the bottom of the chart in many benchmarks. Actually, it seems that:

Compared with a rather new generation SnapDragon S4 running at just 1.5 GHz, the 2 GHz Medfield reportedly needs 202% S4’s benchmark time to complete the test. This basically makes Intel’s flagship half as slow as a normal SnapDragon S4 Krait.

Check out some hands-on pictures below from Engadget and The Verge.

 
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