By all respects, the newly announced Motorola RAZR i looks an awful lot like the Editors' Choice award-winning Droid RAZR M; it sports the same bright, colorful, nearly edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display, the same 0.32-inch thickness, the same Kevlar aesthetic and Motorola's distinct circle-centric Android skin. But just like your mother used to say, it's what's inside that counts.
Whereas the U.S.-based Droid RAZR M runs on a 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU, the European RAZR i is Motorola's first phone with Intel inside. The Atom Z2480 "Medfield" processor powering the RAZR i only packs a single CPU core, but it's clocked at a whopping 2GHz and includes Intel's hyperthreading technology.
So, what does that mean in terms of performance?
The RAZR i can also capture 10 camera shots in less than a second, something the RAZR M can't claim. CNET reports that Motorola SVP Jim Wicks claims the RAZR i's battery lasts slightly longer than its U.S. counterpart's, which should bring a smile to the faces of Intel engineers; CPU power efficiency is a major advantage for ARM in the mobile arena.
The phone is slated to ship with Android 4.0 ICS, though Forbes notes that the handset should receive a "competitively-scheduled" Jelly Bean upgrade. Intel's Mike Bell recently announced success in porting Android 4.1 over to Intel's CPU architecture.
While the Motorola RAZR i is bound for Europe and Latin America rather than the U.S., its penta-band antenna will let the phone run on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. All in all, the RAZR i looks to be a promising omen for the future alliance between Intel and Motorola.