Motorola unveils Intel-based smartphone called RAZR i

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Google-owned mobile manufacturer, Motorola Mobility, has announced the launch of a new smartphone, the RAZR i, which is based on Intel’s Atom mobile system-on-chip, Medfield.

The device, which resembles the Razr M, comes with a single-core, multi-threaded Intel processor clocked at up to 2GHz, with 1GB of RAM, 8GB onboard storage, and a 4.3in 960 x 540 pixels Super AMOLED Advanced display with Corning Gorilla Glass. As for cameras, there's a rear one with an 8-megapixel sensor and flash, along with with a front-facing VGA shooter. Topping off the specs are NFC capabilities, a microSD card slot and a 2,000mAh battery. There's no HDMI port though. The battery, incidentally, isn't designed to be removed by consumers.

The phone, which is also known as the XT890, runs on a vanilla install of Android Ice Cream Sandwich with a Circles widget added to it. So, like for the recently released RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, Motorola’s Motoblur user interface is no more.

And like the aforementioned trio, the i is splash-proof and uses premium materials such as aircraft-grade aluminium for the main frame and the ultra light, ultra resistant and RF friendly Kevlar (for the back frame). These allow for a very thin frame along the sides, which according to Motorola, makes for an extra 15 per cent display area compared to the iPhone 5.

The RAZR i will be available beginning of October in the UK, France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico and through Phones4U, Orange, T-Mobile, Virgin Media and Tesco Mobile. Prices, either on PAYG or contract, have yet to be released.

Motorola has also confirmed that the phone – which has been tested out in the wild for two months - will come with an unlockable bootloader where possible (carriers and regulators permitting).