Motorola announces RAZR i with Intel processor

Motorola has today announced the RAZR i smartphone, a revamp of the Droid RAZR M. While the devices look identical, inside the RAZR i sits a Intel Atom processor, the first with a 2GHz clock speed according to the chip maker. This makes it the second smartphone to feature Intel's new processor, after Orange's San Diego phone.

The device has a 4.3" qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display (540 x 960) with Corning Gorilla Glass, 1GB of RAM, 5GB internal memory (expandable via microSD card), a rear camera that has an 8-megapixel sensor, LED flash, 1080p video, and unlike the RAZR M, a hardware shutter button. Motorola claims the camera can start up in under a second. The battery is a 2000 mAh, which Motorola says should last around 20 hours based on an average user profile that includes usage and standby. The device will ship with Android Ice Cream Sandwich, however it will be upgradable to Jelly Bean.

The device will be available in the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina in October. It will be available at Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin Media, Phones4U, and Tesco Stores in the UK. In Germany it will be available at Sparhandy, Phone House, E+, and o2. No pricing has yet been announced.

Source: Motorola

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This will be an interesting phone to watch because Motorola has become increasingly 'modding scene friendly' with unlocked bootloaders etc and yet Intel's standpoint has been a firm lock down on devices with their hardware, for example the only other phone with the Intel chip, the Orange San Diego, still has not been rooted and unlocked despite being out for months.

This seems like a marriage between two companies with very different policies so I wonder who will get their way. Smart bets would have to say Intel but if Motorola can release this with an unlocked bootloader it could be a cracking bit of hardware.

Cyda said,
This will be an interesting phone to watch because Motorola has become increasingly 'modding scene friendly' with unlocked bootloaders etc and yet Intel's standpoint has been a firm lock down on devices with their hardware, for example the only other phone with the Intel chip, the Orange San Diego, still has not been rooted and unlocked despite being out for months.

This seems like a marriage between two companies with very different policies so I wonder who will get their way. Smart bets would have to say Intel but if Motorola can release this with an unlocked bootloader it could be a cracking bit of hardware.


Motorola is still one of the least mod-friendly companies. They still lock the bootloader on many phones, and have only provided unlocks to very few models a long time after their release to the point that most people moved on to other devices.

Cyda said,
This will be an interesting phone to watch because Motorola has become increasingly 'modding scene friendly' with unlocked bootloaders etc and yet Intel's standpoint has been a firm lock down on devices with their hardware, for example the only other phone with the Intel chip, the Orange San Diego, still has not been rooted and unlocked despite being out for months.

This seems like a marriage between two companies with very different policies so I wonder who will get their way. Smart bets would have to say Intel but if Motorola can release this with an unlocked bootloader it could be a cracking bit of hardware.

Actually they have become 'decreasingly' modding friendly if you map from Droid to current models.

The more restrictive boot locks started before the Google Motorola deal, and Google is not going to make it easy to run anything but their official blend.

Cyda said,
This will be an interesting phone to watch because Motorola has become increasingly 'modding scene friendly' with unlocked bootloaders etc and yet Intel's standpoint has been a firm lock down on devices with their hardware, for example the only other phone with the Intel chip, the Orange San Diego, still has not been rooted and unlocked despite being out for months.

This seems like a marriage between two companies with very different policies so I wonder who will get their way. Smart bets would have to say Intel but if Motorola can release this with an unlocked bootloader it could be a cracking bit of hardware.

You do realize that Motorola is the Apple or Android, right?

Cyda said,
Smart bets would have to say Intel but if Motorola can release this with an unlocked bootloader it could be a cracking bit of hardware.

According to Engadget http://www.engadget.com/2012/09/18/motorola-razr-i/ "NFC is already baked in, with Android Beam taking control of what you need, while its bootloader arrives unlocked. " So the RAZR i will be bootloader unlocked, apparently. Unless that is a typo.

Is this a dual core Atom, or a single core Stephen? If it is dual, I'd be interested in a Motorola, not had one personally since my old WX252, I switched to Nokia and never looked back until my girlfriend gave me her iPhone 3GS. I hate it, and am looking for an Android smartphone when I upgrade! I hate walled gardens, and Apple's shoddy marketing skills, suing everyone to get to the top! I'm never having another Apple product...

Tidosho said,
Is this a dual core Atom, or a single core Stephen? If it is dual, I'd be interested in a Motorola, not had one personally since my old WX252, I switched to Nokia and never looked back until my girlfriend gave me her iPhone 3GS. I hate it, and am looking for an Android smartphone when I upgrade! I hate walled gardens, and Apple's shoddy marketing skills, suing everyone to get to the top! I'm never having another Apple product...

Sorry, should of said in the post, it's single.

xstex said,

Sorry, should of said in the post, it's single.

Still looks a nice phone, I may test one in shops when they surface

Tidosho said,
Is this a dual core Atom, or a single core Stephen? If it is dual, I'd be interested in a Motorola, not had one personally since my old WX252, I switched to Nokia and never looked back until my girlfriend gave me her iPhone 3GS. I hate it, and am looking for an Android smartphone when I upgrade! I hate walled gardens, and Apple's shoddy marketing skills, suing everyone to get to the top! I'm never having another Apple product...

I recommend you don't get a Motorola. Their Android builds are known to have some of the worst bugs/glitches. They start out working fine and get worse the longer you've owned it.