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Motorola unveils their first Intel-powered Android phone

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 19 Sep 2012 21:22 User comments (7)

Motorola unveils their first Intel-powered Android phone Motorola has unveiled their first Intel-powered Android phone this week, the RAZR i.
The phone is almost identical to their recently revealed RAZR M, except that it is running on a new powerful Intel chip instead of an ARM-based equivalent.

RAZR i phones will have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 2, run on Android 4.0.4, and feature the same Kevlar trim of Motorola's new devices.

The Intel (single-core) Atom Z2480 has a clock speed of 2GHz although it is hard to compare performance to a new Snapdragon S4 or a Tegra 3, for example, without seeing benchmarks and real-life tests.

Motorola says the device will hit the U.K., France, Germany, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico in October with no release date (if any) for U.S. consumers.

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7 user comments

119.9.2012 21:24

Very interesting. I can't wait to see benchmarks.

219.9.2012 21:31

Originally posted by Bozobub:
Very interesting. I can't wait to see benchmarks.
same here

320.9.2012 5:22

Neet...I hope they do well in the benchmarks, under 1/3 the clock of the competition but intel has pulled off better performance than faster amd chips and there is something to be said about a faster clock on fewer cores when it comes to poorly written code, so we will see I guess.

420.9.2012 11:38

I would be interested if they make a stripped version of windows, or even windows xp for this.


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520.9.2012 11:55

Originally posted by KillerBug:
Neet...I hope they do well in the benchmarks, under 1/3 the clock of the competition but intel has pulled off better performance than faster amd chips and there is something to be said about a faster clock on fewer cores when it comes to poorly written code, so we will see I guess.

Er, what? 2 GHz isn't a third of any current phone's clock speed. Or are you referring to their desktop CPUs..? Even there, i5s and i7s have just about the same clock speed range as the closest AMD competitors.

Edit --> Since it runs an Atom CPU, it IS possible that someone could root this puppy and install some form of Windows, if they were masochistic.
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620.9.2012 19:51

Originally posted by 21Q:
I would be interested if they make a stripped version of windows, or even windows xp for this.
No need for a stripped down version. There will be several Atom powered Windows 8 tablets launching with the OS. Most of them will be more recent (and therefore more powerful) versions than this but the Medfield chip used in this phone may appear in some of the low end models for the same reason it's being used here. It's the first SoC (System on a Chip) version.

Now obviously you would still need device drivers, but that's where using Atom is an advantage over ARM since they're all made by a single manufacturer and therefore include a common set of hardware. You still might run into problems with other components, but I'm not familiar enough with the similarities and differences between Atom phone and tablet designs to offer anything more than a completely uninformed speculation on that front. Sort of like an educated guess minus the educated part ;)

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721.9.2012 14:28
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Meanwhile, I'm reading this on my 2.1GHz laptop... I'm really starting to feel under-equipped, especially for a CSE major. I think it's time to pinmod and overclock.

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