Two weeks ago, Motorola Mobility announced its first smartphones for the US market since being acquired by Google, which included the ‘full-screen’ Razr M. Today, practically the same phone has been introduced to the European market under the name Razr i with one crucial difference: a powerful Intel processor.
Dubbed the ‘full-screen smartphone’ by its makers, the Motorola Razr i comes with a 4.3-inch edge-to-edge Super AMOLED Advanced display with virtually no border. Through a partnership with Intel, the smartphone also packs an Intel Atom processor that is capable of speeds of up to 2GHz.
Motorola claims that battery life on the Razr i is 40pc stronger than competition, while users can also enable SmartActions battery-saving settings for more power.
The device will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean) and come with the usual trappings of the Google platform – Google Play, Google Maps, YouTube, Voice Actions for Android, etc – as well as Android Beam to make use of the phone’s NFC capabilities.
Snap-happy smartphone users can enjoy an 8MP camera that apparently loads in less than a second and can snap 10 images just as quickly in multi-shot mode. Aimed at entry-level users, the phone also comes with a Guide Me app to teach users how to interact with a smartphone and use gesture controls.
Built to last, the Razr i has been manufactured with a diamond-cut aircraft-grade aluminium frame, Corning Gorilla Glass display, DuPont Kevlar backing and splash-guard coating even on the electrical boards inside.
The Motorola Razr i will be available in Europe from the beginning of October, with a white model coming to select markets also. Pricing and availability will vary by country, though the US price with Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network – just under US$100 – provides some guidance.
The Razr HD, also launched in the US earlier this month, was introduced to the German market last week, but it has not yet been revealed if other European markets will see a release of the Razr HD or the Droid Razr Maxx HD.