After a lengthy effort to bring its chipsets to mobile devices,
) has inked a deal with Motorola to supply its technology to the
RAZR i. Scheduled to be released next month in select European and
Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany,
Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, (with more to be announced at a later
date), the RAZR i is being promoted as the first smartphone to
achieve speeds of 2.0 GHz. Motorola said that these speeds were
achieved by Intel, which is building Atom processors for the
The RAZR i appears to be a very close sibling to the RAZR M, a
that the company plans to release in North America. Both devices
contain an edge-to-edge, 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, as well as
a battery that the company claims is 40 percent more powerful than
There is one difference between the RAZR i and the RAZR M,
however. The latter
chips from Qualcomm (NASDAQ:
By using Intel's technology, the RAZR i will feature an
instant-launch eight-megapixel camera that will reportedly launch
in less than a second. There will also be a multi-shot mode that
allows users to snap 10 pictures in less than one second.
"Together with Intel, we're redefining what people can expect
from a mobile device," Jim Wicks, senior vice president of consumer
experience design at Motorola Mobility, said in a
. "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. 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 did not have similar things to say about Qualcomm when
it announced its
smartphones. Could this be a sign that the company will switch over
to Intel in the near future?
In addition to the aforementioned features, the RAZR i will
feature a diamond cut, aircraft-grade aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass
from Corning (NYSE:
) and a backside that's made "Kevlar strong" from DuPont (NYSE:
). The RAZR i also contains a splash-guard coating that protects
the phone from coffee, water and other liquids.
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