Telecom Lead America: Google’s Motorola Mobility has tied up with chip major Intel to launch its new smartphone for Europe and Latin America.
The new smartphone features a 4.3 inch display and Google’s Android platform.
Analysts said the Razr i is similar to the Razr M unveiled earlier in September for U.S. consumers.
Razr M had Qualcomm chip. But Razr i supported by Intel chips.
The Razr M includes Qualcomm technology compatible with LTE networks in the United States, while the Razr i is limited to slower 3G phone networks relied on more in Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world, Reuters reported.
The new phone which will launch in October uses a new version of Intel’s Medfield smartphone processor running at 2 Gigahertz, faster than the 1.6 GHz versions used in phones launched earlier this year by Orange in Britain, MegaFon in Russia and Lava International in India.
Those phone launches were Intel’s first significant foray into the mobile market, and the Medfield chips used in them have performed better than many sceptics expected.
The combined market for PCs, smartphones and tablets is expected to almost double over the next four years, but Intel’s share of the processors used in them will dip from 35 percent to 29 percent, according to market research firm IHS iSuppli.
The Motorola Razr i is scheduled for an early October release in the UK, France, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico partnering with major carriers including Orange, T-Mobile, Phones4U, Virgin Media and Tesco. There is no official word on the pricing of the RAZR i yet.