Motorola unveils Intel-powered phone


Motorola has unveiled its first mobile phone to include Intel Inside technology, powered by a 2GHz chip.

The Google-owned company is taking on rivals Apple and Samsung with the Android powered Razr i, which Motorola is billing as its biggest launch since the original Razr phone hit the market in 2004.

Described as "the full-screen phone", the Razr i has a 4.3 inch edge to edge Super Amoled screen, and is powered by a Intel Atom processor.

"It marks a real milestone for us in terms of pushing form and function to the edge," Motorola's Andrew Morley said.

Razr i includes near field communications (NFC) technology, which will not only allow the phone to share information with other NFC-enabled devices, but also allow no-touch pairing for Bluetooth accessories such as headsets.

The 8 megapixel camera takes about a second to start up, with Motorola emphasising the speed of the device.

The phone has a water repellant coating too, protecting it from both spills and rain, and the company is also promising longer battery life, with up to 20 hours of power for mixed usage.

"Innovation is nothing new for Motorola; we’ve been doing it for over 80 years," Motorola's head of device design Jim Wicks said.

The phone will be available from the start of October in countries such as the UK, Germany, France, Brazil, Mexico and Argentina. A launch date for Ireland has not yet been announced, but it is expected to hit the market in November.

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