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Why is Orange clearing out Motorola Razr i for £150 & flogging San Diego for £50?

Orange has cut the price of the San Diego to £50 and that of the Motorola Razr i to £150, with an extra compulsory £10 top up. Both smartphones are based on the same Intel Atom processor (the single core Z2520 clocked at 1.6GHz and 2GHz respectively) and are the only models on the market running Intel technology.

To declare that this is a sign that Intel-based smartphones are not selling well would be presumptuous to say the least but we can't help but highlight this point given that Intel has firmly backed the launch of both handsets last year.

At the time of writing, the Orange San Diego was listed as being out of stock but you can still buy the Motorola Razr i. Both smartphones came with 1GB of RAM, 16GB onboard storage and a rear 8-megapixel camera.

The San Diego had a 4in 1,024 x 600 pixel display with Android 2.3 Gingerbread while the Motorola model has a 4.3in 960 x 540 pixel screen with Android 4.0 ICS. To date, the latter remains the most expensive single-core smartphone on the market.

Check out our reviews of the Motorola Razr i (and its US-based counterpart the Razr M) as well as the Orange San Diego.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.