Rating: It’s all about speed, battery life & Intel Inside
Here in sunny Blighty [UK], Motorola Mobility launched another model in its Android RAZR family which hasn’t been seen before – the RAZR i. The crucial advantages Motorola has is access to both Google (its parent) for Android optimisation and innovation plus Intel for its microprocessor skills. This handset is going to be billed as the “full-screen phone” in its ads, although GoMobile News wasn’t sure this message was delivered effectively in the TV advert which we saw screened. What the i is about, however, is speed. One aspect which Motorola has concentrated on its improving the browser experience and it made noises about optimising the browser for Java – a feature which other observers may well miss.
GoMobile News can probably lay claim to being the first hack to discover that Adobe Flash isn’t installed as standard – you’ll have to download it from Google Play (and reboot).
If the RAZR i is to stand a chance of seeing off the likes of the iPhone 5 and Samsung’s Galaxy SIII, then it has got to do more than merely boast a screen 15 per cent larger than the 5 in the same form factor.
Could it be the lightning fast camera, we wonder? This beast can take ten photos in less than one second (thanks to Intel’s hyper-frame tech).
We believe Motorola when it says that the i is faster than most digital SLR cameras.
Given that the company also claims that 74 per cent of the time a typical handset is being used to take photos, this could well be the killer feature.
The RAZR i also shows what a huge mistake Apple made by leaving NFC out of the iPhone 5. NFC is not just about wallets.
It’s also about simple pairing with (Bluetooth) headsets, for example.
And then there’s Android Beam which promises to achive what Bluetooth never quite managed and make business card transfer just a matter of touching handsets.
The phones should ship in the first week of October  in selected markets such as the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina and Mexico. No mention of the USA.
Operator partners in the UK are EE (Orange & T-Mobile) plus Virgin Media with Phones4U and Tescos also handling the handset.
We tried to doublecheck and it seems that the unlockable bootloader facility should be supported in the UK. That’s great news for Android fanboys.
Although there were speakers from both Motorola and Intel, there wasn’t a general Q&A session for journalist.
Intel has let Motorola be the first to launch with its handset processor which can hit 2GHz (first time ever achieved) without compromising battery life.
How long before other manufacturers will be able to use it, we would have asked?