It's easy to forget that Intel is dying to carve itself a slice of the smartphone market—but it is. Over the past several years, the company has been slowly refining its Atom processor and squeezing it into ever-lower power envelopes. Now, it would appear, the chip is ready.
Earlier this morning, Motorola announced the latest iteration of its popular Razr design: the Razr i, a slick-looking handset with a 4.3" OLED screen, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and—you guessed it—Intel inside.
The Razr i features an Atom system-on-a-chip, apparently of the Medfield variety, clocked at a whopping 2GHz. The guys over at Engadget ran a few benchmarks that suggest the Razr i is slower, sometimes by a lot and sometimes only by a little, than Motorola's own Razr M, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz. Engadget didn't test battery life, but Motorola claims the device achieves up to 20 hours of run time.
Other than its Intel guts, the Razr i features an eight-megapixel rear camera, a 0.3-megapixel front camera, and a microSD card slot. Motorola says the front bezel is made of "diamond cut aircraft-grade aluminum," while the back is fashioned out of Kevlar. The handset is only 8.3 mm (0.33") thick, which is exactly 1 mm thinner than the iPhone 4. As far as I can see, though, Motorola doesn't specify the device's weight.
Don't rush out to your local AT&T or Verizon store looking for this puppy. Motorola says the Razr i isn't coming out until next month, and the device will be available only in "select European and Latin American markets including the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico." Pricing hasn't been made public yet, either.