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As expected, Motorola announced a new smartphone that uses an Intel Atom chip. A surprise, however, is the phone’s battery life: At 20 hours of mixed use, it’s the same as a similar Razr using Qualcomm’s chip. Will Intel be inside your next phone?

Motorola Razr i with Intel Inside

In a new attempt to crack the smartphone market, Intel is powering the latest Motorola phone that runs Google Android 4.0. At a press event in London on Tuesday, the two companies unveiled the Motorola Razr i, a carbon copy of the Razr M announced earlier this month with one key exception: Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz dual core chip is replaced by a 2 GHz Intel Atom.

This isn’t the first mass-market smartphone with Intel’s silicon inside, but it is one of the first that’s been designed by a major manufacturer. Earlier Intel phones this year were largely influenced by Intel’s own reference design: An in-house created phone that gives handset makers a base model to work with. The new Razr i looks exactly like Motorola’s Razr M, complete with 4.3-inch edge-to-edge display.

With a faster clock speed of 2 GHz and the Intel history of computing performance, the promotional video highlights the overall speed of the device, as well as full compatibility with Google’s Android platform:

Motorola Razr i with Intel InsideChip performance hasn’t been the reason that Intel isn’t a factor in today’s smartphones, however. In fact, I suspect performance of the Razr i will be quite good; better in particular areas than it’s Razr M twin. Instead, the Achilles heel for Intel’s smartphone silicon has been power consumption and it may have overcome that challenge. Motorola’s battery life estimate for the Razr i is the same as the M: 40 percent more than Apple’s iPhone 4S with up to 20 hours of mixed use on a single charge.

Motorola is targeting Europe and Latin America with the new Intel-powered phone with October availability in the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico to start. If the phone’s battery life is as good as claimed and has full Android compatibility, Intel has a solid chance to make some headway in mobile market; something that appeared impossible back in 2010.

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  1. Not quite full Android compatibility, otherwise it would come with Chrome.

    1. Download it on google play. Done.

  2. Why are they not selling it in the U.S.?

    1. Expansys will have it. And as for Chrome, it’s supposed to be on the way.

  3. would be really cool to get one of thee to dual boot windows

  4. Benchmarks for this are horribly inaccurate because the suites are not optimized for x86 yet. This phone is going to be a beast.

  5. I’m interested in this phone, what worries me is if there would be software incompatibility issues due to the intel chip.

  6. Just got the razr i this morning and by 6 oclock it was dead so reviews ive read about the good battery life on it seem to be a lie unless its cos of the first use help?

  7. Cliff Schubert Friday, November 16, 2012

    Got 12hrs out of the battery and it was only on standby,no calls made,no text sent,going back to the S3

  8. Thomas Holmes Sunday, December 9, 2012

    My phone has been charged to 100% A day and 19 hours later it’s on 47% I listen to music and browse the net quite often so I feel that this is amazing! Note – I did charge whilst it was turned off for majority and before that it reached 0%

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