September 18, 2012 11:15am
Motorola and Intel have launched what they hope to be the first commercially successful Medfield-powered Android device. With an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch screen and a 2Ghz processor, the device looks on paper to be able to take on the big boys, but Intel is at a disadvantage when it comes to app compatibility; most Android apps were designed to use ARM-based processors, leaving some inoperable. Obviously developers have had a long time to make their apps natively x86-compatible — or they can run inside a virtual machine with a slight performance hit — but the experience should be pretty full-featured out of the box.
But other than the slight app problem, the RAZR i is all Motorola design, with its now-standard Kevlar backing, 8MP camera with dedicated shutter button and sub one-second startup time, and a 2000mAh battery. Intel has worked with Motorola to optimize camera speed and browsing abilities, and this is the first Medfield-based device to run Ice Cream Sandwich. Other features include Motorola’s SMARTACTIONS, ICS’s Face Unlock and NFC-based Android Beam.
There’s no word on whether the RAZR i will come to Canada — the launch is limited to Europe and South America for now — but we’d be very interested in trying it out (hint, hint!).
Hit the break for a quick preview video, and let us know what you think!