Motorola’s just unveiled its latest Razr-branded Android handset, the Motorola Razr i. It’s got a meaty Intel processor and a decent set of specs, but what’s all this about an ‘edge-to-edge’ display?
The Razr i is wedge-shaped monolith with a 4.3-inch display. Underneath that beats an Intel Atom processor clocked at a max of 2.0GHz. Which is pretty slick. That lets it boast of impressive feats like booting up its 8-Meg camera in under a second.
The Razr i also has the spirit of the Motorola Defy living inside it; it’s a rugged little thing. The frame’s a durable diamond cut aluminium number, and that surrounds a Gorilla Glass display and Kevlar rear. A splash guard coating seals not only the outside, but each of the boards inside, too.
So far, so good, but it’s not all roses and sunshine: let’s talk about that Super AMOLED display. Motorola is proudly claiming that it’s an edge-to-edge number, but we disagree. Sure, the display does take up a large amount of the phone’s front, making it smaller in the hand than some other 4.3-inch handsets, but it’s definitely not without a bezel all the way round.
It strikes us as a bit of a weird claim to make when, clearly, the Razr i’s display is buffered with, at the least, a two or three millimetre frame.
Also, that Intel architecture means that the Razr i is lumbered with Ice Cream Sandwich, and we’d anticipate a huge wait for an update to Jelly Bean – if such a thing ever happens.
The Motorola Razr i will be out at the start of October, but official pricing is still up in the air. We hope, for Moto’s sake, that it’s fiercely competitive.