Motorola Rolls Out Razr With Intel Inside Acer Iconia Tab A110 7-inch Tablet Lands in U.S. and Canada, Falls Just Short of Sub-$200 Price Point
Motorola Rolls Out Razr With Intel Inside Motorolas first smartphone with an Intel processor, the RAZR i, is a demonstration of what Intels Atom processor can do with a phone, but Intels lack of LTE support could be a problem in the US market. "Motorolas presence in the US is basically a Verizon relationship, and Verizon has said that, by 2013, everything it has will be LTE," said Michael Morgan, senior analyst at ABI Research.
Motorola and Intel on Tuesday announced the Motorola Razr i, the first smartphone from the vendor that is built around an Intel processor.
The Motorola RAZR i features an Intel processor. The Razr i, which runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich, will be released in Europe and Latin America beginning in October, but theres no word as to when it might be available in the United States. "I dont think [Intels] ready yet to support LTE, and thats probably why the phones not being released in the US," Michael Morgan, a senior analyst at ABI Research, told TechNewsWorld. "Motorolas presence in the US is basically a Verizon relationship, and Verizon has said that, by 2013, everything it has will be LTE."
Under the Hood The Razr i has a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced touchscreen and runs on an Intel Atom processor thats rated at up to 2 GHz. Its operating system is upgradeable to Jelly Bean, which will be released soon. The smartphone offers up to 20 hours of mixed usage time and runs on WCDMA and GSM networks. It supports Bluetooth. The Razr i has an 8 MP VGA camera with digital zoom, autofocus, and LED flash. The camera supports 1080p HD video playback. Other features include aGPS, standalone GPS, eCompass, and support for DLNA. The Razr i incorporates near field communications (NFC), the technology used in e-wallets. It comes preloaded with various Google products, including Gmail, Google Maps, Google Talk, and access to YouTube.
Powerful and Power-Saving Motorola and Intel touted the power of the Intel processor in the Razr i, which they said allows the camera to load in less than one second and offers a sub-second multishot mode, among other things. The smartphone has 40 percent more battery life than the competition and, when the built-in Smartactions rules engine is enabled, the device will automatically adjust to maximize battery life, Motorola said. The Razr i has an aircraft-grade aluminum frame with an edge-to-edge display made from Gorilla Glass. The back is made from Kevlar, and a splash-guard coating protects the insides. "This Razr i is not a trial run or a dry run, its the kind of phone Intel can make," ABIs Morgan said.
Acer Iconia Tab A110 7-inch TabletLands in U.S. and Canada, FallsJust Short of Sub-$200 Price Point
Although there’s so much hubbub over the avalanche of Windows 8 tablets that are coming later this month, there are still plenty of tablets running Android, and Acer has announced an inexpensive 7-incher called the Acer Iconia Tab A110. The Iconia Tab A110 is technically a budget-level tablet, but it wants not for impressive specs; the device runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, a quad-core 1.2GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor with that famous 5th ghost core, and a 12-core NVIDIA GPU. The 7-inch display is 1024x600 (16:10 aspect ratio), and there’s 1GB of DDR3 memory and 8GB of onboard storage (supplemented by up to 32GB of MicroSD storage) and a 2MP HD front camera. Ports include micro USB 2.0, micro HDMI out, 3.5mm combo audio jack, and a docking station port, and there’s 802.11b/g/n WiFi and Bluetooth 3.0 for connectivity. The battery purports to last up to 7.5 hours.
There was hope back when Acer first demoed the Iconia Tab A110 that the tablet would manage to duck under that competitive sub-$200 price point, but Acer didn’t quite make it; still, $229 is fairly close. In any case, buyers will decide if that’s a fair price when the Iconia Tab A110 becomes available in the U.S. and Canada on October 30th.