Motorola RAZR i XT890 review: Intel-based Android

posted at 17 November 2012 by Dan


The Motorola RAZR i is another Android smartphone that comes with an Intel processor inside, but Motorola stands as the first big name in the mobile industry to adopt it. The RAZR i looks very similar to its Snapdragon-powered relative, the Motorola DROID RAZR M, featuring the same slim bezel and KEVLAR-made layer on its back.

However, things get different under the hood where the Motorola RAZR i has a single-core Intel Atom chip clocked at the impressive 2GHz (officially the first smartphone to reach this milestone). But let’s see if the performance of Intel's mobile chip is better than that of the multi-core ARM-based handsets.

Motorola RAZR i Review

What is in the box:
- The Motorola RAZR I XT890 smartphone
- Wall charger
- microUSB cable
- Stereo headsets
- SIM card plus microSD card retrieval tool
- Quick start guide

Although the Motorola RAZR i comes with a respectable 4.3-inch display, it is very compact and easy to handle. The bezel surrounding the screen is extremely slim but made out of aircraft grade aluminum.

Motorola RAZR i XT890 review: Intel-based Android - Design and construction image 1

As we said, the Motorola RAZR i is no different than the other members of the RAZR family, and sports the typical KEVLAR back. You won’t have to worry about water damage as the phone has been treated with a special coating to repel water droplets. The 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display on the Motorola RAZR i has a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels (qHD) resulting in an average 256 ppi. It poses no issues when watching photos or videos, but reading text or browsing the web can get annoying as pixelation occurs and letters can become fuzzy.

The color representation is good, with bright, sharp colors, viewing angles are wide, while outdoor visibility is decent.

The phone’s physical buttons are easy to operate and located on its right side, and we are talking about a metal-made lock key situated on top, a 2-button volume rocker as well as a dedicated camera shutter beneath it. The left side houses the microUSB port for battery charging and connecting the device to a computer, as well as the slots for microSD and Micro-SIM cards.

Motorola RAZR i side buttons

The 8-megapixels camera, the LED flash, and the loudspeaker are on the back of the phone. Under the cover we have a 2000mAh battery, which combined with the energy efficient display proved to be way above the average, about 22 hours of mixed usage.

Motorola RAZR i back side panel