Razr i: Intel Powered Motorola Phone

Motorola Mobility today announced its Razr i smartphone, the first smartphone with a 2.0GHz Atom Z2460 processor.

It features a 4.3-inch “edge-to-edge” display with “virtually no border”, NFC support, and an 8MP camera which can “load in less than a second”. It’s basically a revamped Droid RAZR M with a 540×960 Super AMOLED Advanced display, same 8.3mm thickness, same minimal bezels, and same big 2,000mAh battery.

It is powered by Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) promised – although no date has been given.

Erik Reid, general manager of the Mobile & Communications group at Intel, said that the device features Intel’s Hyper-Threading Technology, which “lets you do two things at once” while it “outperforms today’s leading dual-core products”. Intel calls the Atom chip Medfield.

The first half of next year will see the launch of products powered by Intel’s Z2580 processor, which will add support for LTE and promises to double the performance of the Z246 used in the Razr-1.

The Z2460 features a single Atom core with a 512KB L2 cache, a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU and a dual-channel LPDDR2 memory interface, according to AndanTech.

Intel’s chips don’t currently support LTE — which may have precluded them from being launched in the US, and makes Europe, where 3G still dominates, a better choice.

Among the launch partners for the device will be Orange, T-Mobile, Phones 4U, Virgin Media and Tesco Mobile in the UK, and E-Plus, O2, The Phone House and Sparhandy in Germany. The new dual core version with supporting modem chips should handle TD and FD LTE in virtually all bands.

Intel has previously launched devices by ZTE, Orange (with Gigabyte), Lava International and Lenovo.

At the time it was announced, the relationship with Motorola was described as “multi-year, multi-device”. Reid said today: “The results of this partnership are coming to life today. We are just getting started and you can expect really cool things from us to come”.

On Monday, Intel also said it will be possible to run Android on tablets based on the company’s upcoming Clover Trail processor, but the company didn’t say when the first such products will arrive. Clover Trail is optimized for Windows 8.

Motorola said that the device will give customers access to “more than 600,000 apps and games, millions of books and thousands of movies” available from Google Play The rollout will be supported by a “huge marketing campaign, planned and developed with Intel”. Motorola has not revealed potential price points for the device as yet.

Andrew Morley, general manager for Motorola in the UK & Ireland, said the device will be available in “selected markets” from early October, including the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. “We are going to be working very closely with our carriers and partners in Latin America and in Europe to bring this device to market with a meaningful impact,” he said.

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