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Motorola and Intel Announce the RAZR i, Powered by a 2.0GHz Atom Processor

Motorola and Intel announced the first phone of their partnership this morning in London, dubbed the RAZR i. The RAZR i looks almost identical to the RAZR M that was announced a couple of weeks ago, but the insides are quite a bit different. This is the first mainstream device to run one of Intel’s Atom processors, which has been clocked at 2.0GHz. While it’s only single-core, it should be incredibly efficient and powerful enough to get any task done without hesitation. Battery life is also said to be “40% more powerful than the competition,” whatever that means. 

As far as differences go, the only other major change from the RAZR M is the dedicated camera button that Intel and Motorola decided to include. As you may recall from CES and Intel’s many presentations of their Atom processor (“Medfield” at the time), the instant-launch camera that can do multi-shot photos in a split second was one of the major selling features.

Other than that, it has a 4.3″ Super AMOLED “edge-to-edge” display, runs Motorola’s custom skin atop Android 4.0, and is headed to Europe and Latin America in October. No word on a U.S. release at all for this phone, so if you wanted an Intel-powered device from Motorola, you may have to wait for the next one or import the RAZR i from a UK dealer.


Introducing the Powerful Motorola RAZR™ i with Intel Inside® and an Edge-to-Edge Display

Say hello to the full-screen phone

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 features – 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.

For more information and multimedia assets for Motorola RAZR i, please visit our press kit athttp://mediacenter.motorola.com

About Intel

Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.
  • jonscurve

    i know personally everytime i have used an atom cpu anything it sucked…..I have not had good experience with the lightest of application use.

  • AnGeLFaCe777

    But HTC do not have good battery, Samsung radios suck nobody knows about Nokia lol.

  • brando56894

    I’m really interested to see how the Intel processors stack up against the new dual and quad core ARM processors.

  • You people didn’t learn from the MAXX, you didn’t learn from the MAXX HD, why would you learn from the M? Don’t buy a Moto phone unless you want it to be old hat within weeks…

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      Why are you still crying? We all know we can expect great things from the best Manufactures in the history.

  • DCX

    I believe it’s important to note: for those wanting a phone that is familiar, unlocked, and no longer wish to deal with VZW’s BS anymore, this may be the perfect choice. It’s listed as Pentaband by several sources, which means it supports HSPA+ 14, perfect for both AT&T and T-Mobile subscribers. Hope it’s true, and the Intel processor pans out, because this might be my next phone.



  • Daniel Maginnis

    i have a feeling this is going to suck. i read an article in wired that talked about intel’s new push in to mobile. they’ve got a good team, but they stated that these new mobile chips arent as good as current competition. also, “40% more powerful” battery life? (the footnote pertains to the 4s on the press release) let’s just say they are going based on the stated facts of the 4s: 6hrs internet, 8hrs talk x 140% = 8.4 hrs internet, 11.2hrs talk. the razr m is rated at 20 hours of mixed usage. i highly doubt this atom-powered device will be a success. it is just breaking the water for further deals. one that we wont see any greatness out of for years, since right now they are running android on an x86 emulator and android has not been optimized for the system yet. maybe by android 5.0, which will undoubtedly be at least a year or so off.


    • magnimus1

      Yeah, I don’t know what ‘40% more powerful’ meant but I think they were talking about the Battery mAh which is 2000mAh. Also….this is intend to be a mid-range phone an is priced and seems to perform just great for that purpose.

      • Daniel Maginnis

        Too bad the guts in the m are top end. No excuse to have a drop in performance other than the I outside

    • Joe

      The phone actually performs better than people expected. It is also only a single core. This is a very big deal and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Intel has plenty of resources to throw at their mobile platform. I think this is just breaking ice as you kind of said though, but I’d expect bigger things from them by next year.

  • jak_341

    I don’t even need to list the reasons this phone will fail. I will simply say another Moto fail phone and sit quietly in my corner and wait for GNex 2 or Key Lime Pie rumors.

    • magnimus1

      Dude…..a year ago….people were laughing at how Intel’s phones would need a a cooling fan. Don’t hear any of that now. Time will tell. Thus far Intel has closed the gap big time from where they were.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      Your GN in Verizon was the biggest failure in history.

  • I checked out the RazrM yesterday and had to pass it up because of the lacking physical camera button. I’ve gotten pretty good at the arm’s length thing with the screen button, but a physical button makes it so much less of a guessing game. Hopefully it works a better camera than the M as well.

  • Kwparker80

    Too bad it isn’t LTE.

  • J Nano

    Apple planning to sue the “i” in 3..2..1..

  • Come on Moto, your turning into apple. Same design, minor improvements and call it all new or revolutionary. It’s time for a change!

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      minor improvements? Edge to Edge display, good size and intel processor and you are calling it minor improvement. What devices looks as stylist and fast as the droid M?

  • FAL_Fan

    I personally have been hoping to hear about a “DROID 5”. I love having a keyboard on my phones, hence why I own 1-4 already and before those had feature phones with QWERTY physical keyboards, but I am truly contemplating jumping ship to the Galaxy Note 2. If Motorola gives me a good reason to stay I shall, but it’s going to take a lot.

    • With you 100% here. I need a physical keyboard and have been dying for some news on the Droid 5.

      • RoninX

        I agree.

        Since the Droid 4 came out in February, 2012, I’d expect the Droid 5 to come out in February, 2013. I love my D4, but I’m also looking forward to see how they will improve the design for the D5.

        Pure speculation — but I’d guess a screen with a similar size to the Photon Q (4.3″), but with 720p resolution and a CPU/GPU similar to the RAZR HD.

  • Sean Wood

    No thanks… the Logitech revue had a Atom processor in it and unless something drastically has changed, it DID NOT play well with Android.

    • Google have been working with Intel so I’d think this works a lot better than the Revue did.

    • magnimus1

      The problem as far as I remember there was not with Atom but with the whole Google TV interface/content

  • Clifford Gadd

    RAZR is the new X for DROID, I always thought that the RAZR just looked like a super skinny DROID X.

  • Booyah

    TOO MANY RAZRs!!!!!

    • LiterofCola



    Sweet. ANOTHER Razr. Moto is such fail.

  • “Let’s take this super fast and efficient processor and bog it down with Motoblur!”

    • LiterofCola

      Jump off a bridge.

      • Apparently I found the 5 people on Earth that like Blur.

        • AnGeLFaCe777

          You are an idiot. Motoblur looks identical to stock it just has the unlock boot loader. I have the N7 and droid razr and i do not see any difference. Motorola’s uses better colors on their settings.

          • Then you aren’t looking hard enough (or it might be you that’s the idiot). Especially if you don’t see any differences between Jellybean and ICS.

            Motoblur is a full overlay and multiple extra programs running on your device. Some aspects may look pretty to you, but it will delay all OS updates on that device as well as put more load on your device’s resources. For most of us on this site, it’s not all about looking pretty.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            You are the biggest turd in the history of droid life. There is not a lot of difference between JB and ICS. You can not compare tegra 3 quad core with omap dual core. That is the reason the N7 is the smoothie tablet out there. About programs running on the background, stock android has all the Google programs running on the background too. We can disable most of the programs on the Moto blur as we can on stock android. I do not have time to educate you when it comes to technology go read a book or something.

          • You’re an angry little elf! You must be a either a child or developmentally disabled. Either way, I can’t be mad at you for your ignorance if your brain isn’t capable of anything more.

            Here’s the full change list: http://www.android.com/about/jelly-bean/

            Project Butter alone changes the entire feel of a device. And if you are freezing Blur programs, then why the hell are you defending Blur? You are too dumb to realize that you’re proving my point.

            Go on and hurry to your 1st hour class at the junior high now.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            I can see that my reply made baby cry instantly lol. About being disabled lol! it seems that you have great experiences with boy like that child molester. We are discussing about technology tool. Let your anger out of your system in another place, if you know nothing about technology learn it. Blur used to freeze when the droid x came out. you are a turd period. who said I am freezing blur. I said you can disable all the applications that you don’t use. For instance Google books, Google magazines etc. Those are stock applications that I don’t use. You need to take your bus to go back to arkansas and stay there.

          • For root users disabling a stock program is called “freezing” it you twerp. You literally have zero idea what you are talking about. This is a site for power users, not children that are cutting class to be little trolls.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            You are clueless. You have a small brain too. Who do not know about freezing for root users? You can do that with titanic backup and other applications. I can educate you about technology all day everyday and not just about cell phones, technology in general. Root is a joke, we do not need to that when the new devices have monster specs and good software like Motorola and Sony. Go cook for your wife and stop wasting my time. My time is precious 🙂

          • Root is a joke? You have completely proven yourself to know nothing.

  • Scott

    “i” smell a lawsuit coming.

    • Motorola has been using the”i” designation on their phones before the iPhone was even conceived.

      All their Nextel phones were prefaced with an i

      EDIT: and a link for proof http://goo.gl/dzkws

    • not to mention the fact that this is post the phone name

  • jnt

    Would love the camera key, plus a little better camera in this M… one of these days Moto will invest in their cameras again.

    • AnGeLFaCe777

      That is the only thing they are lacking a little bit. Their camera are not that good but not as bad either.

  • Parm

    “we’re redefining what people can expect from a mobile device”

    Should we not expect the most recent OS 3 months after its been released?

  • OfTheDamned

    I understand why this wasn’t a part of the Droid line now. It would look like Nascar with all the logos on it.

    • PC_Tool

      So do the decals work on phones the way they work on cars? Ya know…make it go faster? 😉

  • Alan Marchman

    So does this mean there’s potential for this phone’s ROM to get adapted for Atom powered netbooks? That would be kinda awesome.

  • Kellex, is this an ARM Atom cpu?

    • moelsen8

      pretty sure we’re talking x86 here, which is why this is a big deal.

      • That doesn’t sound like the brightest idea for performance and compatibility with apps.

        • moelsen8

          i worry about the compatibility with apps, as well as battery life. but it’s been a long time coming from intel.. definitely interested to see how this plays out.

          • Intel would need to make it a seamless handshake otherwise I don’t see developers caring to cater to such a small margin of devices. Not to mention I think they’re counting on the “brand name” selling the device. I wish there was a substantial reason to choose Intel in a sea of amazing ARM cpus.

          • Diablo81588

            They’re not that amazing. They still have a LONG way to go to come even close to current x86/x64 desktop CPUs.

  • The Average Phone

    Motorola – How about a new business strategy, like I don’t know…quality over quantity?

    • LiterofCola

      And how are Motorola phones lacking in quality exactly?

      • Cameras for one

        • LiterofCola

          Not bad, they can improve their camera quality but who else has a camera that’s significantly better?

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        I would love to hear that from average phone. Motorola’s devices are the best when it comes to build quality.

  • akazerotime

    Ok is it me or is Moto now flooding the market with RAZR phones like they did with DROID branded ones?

    • moelsen8

      yeah definitely. i’m sure it won’t take them long to choke the life out of it, they’ve learned a lot from the droid. the names alone are doing a terrific job.. to the maxx!

  • I love how Motorola said they were going to release less phones this year

    • Big_EZ

      I love that they followed through with what they said. So far for Verizon they’ve only released the RAZR Maxx and the Droid 4 as top end phones and will release the RAZR HD/Maxx by the end of the year.

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        I was one of the ones that complained about that. Motorola was releasing to many devices before. They seem that they will release three devices per carrier every year. I can live with that. By the way Motorola are the best, they keep innovating their smart devices.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Photon Q(unlockable mind you),
      DROID 4(lame next to the Photon Q)
      RAZR M.

      Yep that’s a ton of phones already.

      We have 3 more left for the rest of the year.

      RAZR HD.
      RAZR MAXX HD(because even though it’s the same phone with a different battery people will scream bloody murder if we don’t count it as a completely separate phone)
      RAZR i(not even coming to the states….yet people will still complain)

      It IS less than last years amount, so what’s your point?

      • michael arazan

        And not to mention the alleged Motorola Nexus that could be coming out by october or november. I’, hoping it will have a super amoled plus screen over the qhd. And definitely a better processor like the intel with 2 gb ram.

        • kixofmyg0t

          Wait til you see the RAZR HD screen, thats all im gonna say about that.

          Benchmarks are out fir the RAZR i, its not that impressive. I cant wait for OMAP5.

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            Does the Razr hd display looks better than the Atrix HD? The atrix hd uses the color boost technology.

    • J

      Seems like our education system is failing….

      Droid X2
      Droid 3
      Droid Razr
      Atrix 2

      Atrix HD
      Droid 4
      Droid Razr Maxx
      Droid Razr HD/Maxx HD
      Photon Q

      Better track record this year, although they all seem to be home runs, whereas phones like the X2 and D3 were not meant to be top line phones.

      • AnGeLFaCe777

        Why are you still hurt?

    • Bionic

      Dumbass. They were talking about 2013.

  • Captain_Doug

    Camera button good, pentile bad, intel processor not sure. Would love to see some performance reviews and battery life comparisons.

    • 4n1m4L

      Oh how I do miss a camera key

      • moelsen8

        agreed. would love to see it make a comeback.

    • Detonation
      • Paul

        So it’s a phone with a new processor that overall seems to be worse than a very common, outdated processor about to be replaced. Yay. Not to mention other hardware that is dated.

        • moelsen8

          i’d like to think intel is only getting started..

          • Paul

            True, but you’d think they’d start out with a bang. Something like the Optimus G (but with an Intel processor of that speed). At least they could have used the Razr HD to put their cpu in…

          • AnGeLFaCe777

            I am agreeing with you but the razr M is more appealing. It has the best combination of design speed and good battery. I wanted to see the M with the HD display but well.


    • PyroHoltz

      Don’t worry, that’ll be the name of the next one….it’s supposed to come out 2 months after this one. That way everyone who bought this and realized how poor the battery life is, but still needs 2GHz in their phone, will buy the MAXXXX.

      • coolsilver

        Droid Razr i MAXX Core Duo HD LTE