Motorola Mobility already made waves with its announcement of the 2012 Droid RAZR lineup (although the specs were less than groundbreaking), but the Google subsidiary definitely pushes the envelope overseas with the RAZR i powered by an Intel Medfield processor. Motorola hasn’t had a significant presence overseas in years since the featurephone days (aside from the RAZR in the UK), obviously has high hopes for this device. The RAZR i is scheduled to ship in October in the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico with other countries being announced later.
The RAZR i is much like the Droid RAZR M (with the obvious exception of the Intel Medfield processor), packing the following specs:
- 4.3-inch SuperAMOLED display
- 960×540 qHD resolution (Gorilla Glass)
- Dimensions: 122.5mm x 60.9mm x 8.3mm
- Weight: 4.44 oz (slightly heavier than the 4.1 oz average for smartphones)
- Android 4.0.4 (Upgrade to Jelly Bean after launch – carriers overseas tend to provide updates more quickly than U.S. carriers)
- 2GHz Single-core Intel Atom Z2460 processor (Medfield class) with hyper-threading support (2GHz is achieved under optimal temperature conditions – the real-world clock speed will likely be closer to 1.3GHz)
- 400 MHz PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB of internal storage, MicroSD slot supports up to 32GB additional storage
- Kevlar coated and splash-resistant
- 8-megapixel (rear) camera
- 0.3-megapixel (front) VGA camera
- 2,000mAh battery
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.1, EDR, WiFi 802.11 a, b, g, n, n 5GHz, USB 2.0, NFC, DLNA
How does the Intel Medfield chip compare to the competition? Engadget ran some early benchmark tests comparing the RAZR i with the RAZR M and the ZTE Grand X IN, which is powered by a 1.6GHz version of the Medfield-class Z2460. In the SunSpider 0.9.1 benchmark (lower is better), the RAZR i scored 1,062 ms compared to 1,951 ms for the RAZR M and 1,355 for the ZTE Grand X IN (by way of further comparison, the Galaxy Nexus scored 1,985 ms in an earlier test by Engadget).
The RAZR i lagged slightly behind the RAZR M in the Quadrant and Vellamo benchmarks, but still handily beat the Grand X IN (and the Galaxy Nexus as tested earlier). The RAZR M also slightly outperformed its international cousin in the AnTuTu and the GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen tests (results were unavailable for the Grand X IN). In short, the 2GHz Medfield processor is very competitive with the Snapdragon S4 of the RAZR M, except in the SunSpider benchmark, in which the Intel chipset actually routed the S4.
In order to make significant inroads into overseas markets, the RAZR i will have to show customers that it is responsive and has less lag than the competition, that it has good battery life, and that it has a strong app ecosystem (according to TechCrunch, some 5% of Android apps will not run properly on an Intel chip). Two other key factors are price and whether Intel’s brand presence overseas can translate to the mobile realm. The price for the RAZR i is very competitive, judging by prices on UK phone retailer Clove’s site (£342.80 including Value Added Tax, compared to £436.80 for the HTC One X, £322.80 for the similarly-specced HTC One S, and £462.00 for the Samsung Galaxy S III).
Motorola’s press release reads as follows:
LONDON – Sept. 18, 2012 – Motorola Mobility in partnership with Intel Corporation introduced the powerful Motorola RAZR™ i with Intel Inside®: the new full-screen smartphone that fits in the palm of your hand. Its Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge with virtually no border – giving you more screen with less phone. RAZR i is the first smartphone that can achieve speeds of 2.0 GHz thanks to a fast Intel® Atom™ processor. Jump from a game to a text and over to a playlist, then off to browse the Web – all without stopping and on a long-lasting battery that is 40 percent more powerful than the competition1.
The power of Intel Inside means you also get an instant-launch 8-megapixel camera that can load in less than a second2. Just use the dedicated camera key so you get the shot you want. When there’s action involved, multi-shot mode lets you snap 10 pictures in less than a second. And with the illuminated sensor located on the back and High Dynamic Range (HDR) capabilities, you’ll get a great shot, even in challenging lighting conditions.
“Together with Intel, we’re redefining what people can expect from a mobile device. A camera that launches in an instant, Web pages that load blazingly fast and a device that’s the perfect balance of screen size and fit in hand,” said Jim Wicks, senior vice president, Consumer Experience Design, Motorola Mobility. “RAZR i delivers just that when you put an Intel-fast processor in a beautifully designed phone and add in extra long battery life.”
“Motorola RAZR i with Intel Inside naturally blends together the value propositions of high performance Intel Architecture and great battery life, Motorola Mobility device innovation and the Android™ platform,” said Erik Reid, general manager, Intel’s Mobile and Communications Group. “Intel’s goal is to provide compelling technology options that translate into great user benefits and experiences. RAZR i is a great proofpoint in the collaboration and we’re thrilled to be working with Motorola to bring this edge-to-edge experience enhanced with Intel Inside to people around the world.”
Powered by Android™ 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean), RAZR i puts the Google universe in your hand. Google Play™ gives you access to more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of books and thousands of movies. Get where you need to go with Google Maps for Android™ with free turn-by-turn directions and voice guidance. And when your hands are full, use Voice Actions for Android™ on RAZR i to compose a text, get directions, make a call, play a song…or simply Google something. RAZR i also features near field communication (NFC) technology so you can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam™. Just hold the phones together and tap the screen.
Designed with premium protective materials, RAZR i is built to go everywhere. A diamond cut aircraft-grade aluminum4 frame surrounds the display, which is made of Corning® Gorilla® Glass, to deflect both scratches and scrapes. On the back, RAZR i is made DuPont™ KEVLAR® strong3. Spilled coffee? Caught in the rain? Don’t worry. RAZR i is protected with a splash-guard coating—even on the electrical boards inside.
RAZR i already has a long battery – and when you set up the SMARTACTIONS™ battery savings rule your phone will automatically adjust to squeeze more out of each charge. Whether you want to maximize your last ounce of power, or prevent your phone from ringing during a meeting, SMARTACTIONS will automatically trigger specific actions. Motorola’s exclusive Guide Me app comes preloaded with interactive, swipe-by-swipe tutorials for tons of feature
s – no instruction manual required. Also unique to Motorola, the interactive Circles Widget allows quick access to notifications, weather, time and more.
Availability and pricing
Motorola RAZR i will be available in black beginning in October in select European and Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico with more to be announced. A stand out white version will also be coming to select markets. Pricing and availability will vary by country, so please visit www.motorola.com/razri for the latest information.
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1 As compared to Apple iPhone 4S
2 Excludes starting camera with the display off
3 KEVLAR® not available on all smartphones. See Motorola.com for details.
4 Diamond cut aluminum only available on black model.
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MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android, Google Play, Google Maps, Google Voice Actions and Android Beam are trademarks of Google, Inc. Intel™, Intel™ Atom®, Intel Inside® and the Intel Inside logo are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. DuPont™ and Kevlar® are registered trademarks of DuPont used under license by Motorola Mobility, LLC. Corning and Gorilla are trademarks of Corning, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.© 2012 Motorola Mobility LLC. All rights reserved.