The RAZR line that Android helped revive is to be looked at with nothing but pride but Motorola should realize it had more luck than others. Giants like Siemens and Alcatel that used to shape the industry have been almost completely wiped from the map, while Moto stayed afloat and was acquired by no other than Google - the company behind the most popular smartphone platform in the world.
Motorola is of course a founding member of the Open Handset Alliance, and that was well before Google's fat check, but competing with white box manufacturers over $50 dual and triple-SIM handsets wasn't such a distant possibility. Instead, Motorola is now flirting with edge-to-edge displays, steel frames and Kevlar to produce another stunning-looking phone like the RAZR i.
We really loved the Krait-powered sibling of the Motorola RAZR i - the Motorola DROID RAZR M - and we look to the Intel-driven version to deliver more of the same. Here's the quick rundown of what it has to offer.
The new 32nm Medfield platform has finally seen smartphones break the 2GHz barrier and Intel claim this should be more beneficial to the user experience than multi-core architecture. Now, we were very pleased with the dual-core Krait inside the RAZR M, and it will take more than PR talk to change our mind, but you can rest assured the RAZR i will be given a fair chance to persuade us.
Then again, even if the Motorola RAZR i fails to top the benchmarks, it would still have a nice set of useful tools for surviving in the highly competitive mid-range. The smartphone has the build and finish of a high-end device and that alone is certain to get many people interested.
There's also the ample battery and the edge-to-edge display which, Motorola says, puts even the iPhone 5 to shame, when it comes to making the most out of the available space.