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Live: Motorola announcing first smartphone with Intel CPU

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Live: Motorola announcing first smartphone with Intel CPU
Hey people, now that's something you don't see every day! Although almost every single smartphone nowadays uses an ARM processor, Intel has been preparing to crash the party for quite some time now. It looks like the time for Intel to try its luck in the mobile industry has finally come, as Motorola is gearing up to announce its first smartphone using a chip by Intel itself, at a joint-event with Chipzilla in London today.

There have been some indications that the phone we're going to see today will be a specific version of Moto's new mid-range warrior, the RAZR M. If that is the case, Intel will not really be making its entrance with a bang. Still, we're excited about this handset, as it'll be extremely interesting to see how it's going to perform versus its ARM-ed competition.

Stay tuned, as the event is starting in just about an hour from now! The event will begin at: 5AM ET | 4AM CT | 2AM PT | 10AM BST | 11AM CET

Live event tracker

04:27This liveblog was possible thanks to, yours truly, Ray S. Thanks for being with us!
04:25OK guys, that was all from this presentation. Stay tuned to PhoneArena for more coverage of the Motorola RAZRi!
04:24They are rolling their first TV ad for the RAZRi. Nothing impressive, but the signature Intel sound effect at the end was cool.
04:23Selected markets will get the RAZRi in the beginning of October.
04:23Andrew, VP of Motorola Europe is back on stage to close the show.
04:22Wherever carrier's allow, the RAZRi will have an unlockable bootloader.
04:21It's now time for a quick software demo with the RAZRi: the circle homescreen widget and NFC get mentioned.
04:20They are making the 2GHz core clock sound like a pretty big deal. Marketing, marketing...
04:19But according to another recent report, we remember, it is the web browser... Hmm...
04:18They are now demoing the handset's camera taking capabilities. They said the camera is the most used feature of phones today.
04:17The camera should start very quickly - under 1 second. Burst shot mode of 10 pictures in less than a second is also onboard.
04:17
04:1632nm process technology. The CPU, Erik says, should beat today's dual-core mobile chips. Well, what about the quad-cores then? :)
04:16Hyper-threading technology allows the phone to be fast, as well as power-efficient.
04:15They are doing a real-world demo of those things now, starting with web browsing. Java Script should run very fast. Looks pretty decent.
04:14
04:13It's an Intel Atom CPU, which should make browsing, camera, video playback and apps much faster and smoother. We'll see about that.
04:13"The RAZRi is fast, it's Intel fast."
04:12
04:12They really are going after the iPhone in this presentation...
04:12Water-protective coating, Dupont Kevlar Fibre, 40% bigger battery than that of the iPhone.
04:11"RAZRi has more screen per square inch" than the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5.
04:11
04:104.3" Super AMOLED, edge-to-edge display.
04:10Motorola RAZRi is its name! Nice...
04:09
04:09First smartphone with 2GHz Intel CPU!
04:09The only thing left to see then should be the... phone? :)
04:09OK, we heard about the greatness of Motorola, now we're listening to Erik about the greatness of Intel...
04:07
04:07Another company, according to Jim, which is also focused on these things, is Intel. Erik Reid from Intel is now on stage.
04:07"The new Motorola is focused on three keys right now. The first is speed... Second is power management... And Android."
04:06Jim talks about Motorola's innovative devices through the years... the first cell phone, the Defy and the RAZR...
04:05
04:05
04:04Jim Wicks, VP of Motorola Design is on stage now to talk about the device we're all waiting for.
04:04"Today marks a real milestone. It's a milestone for us for pushing form and function to the edge."
04:03
04:03
04:03General Manager and VP of Motorola Europe is now on stage!
03:54... compared to, you know, the best ARM chipsets out there. Anyways, it should be interesting to see what they have come up with.
03:54But don't you think - it kind of kills the excitement to know that Intel's mobile processor won't deliver any significant performance boost.
03:16Hey guys and gals, Ray for PhoneArena here, getting ready to liveblog this geeky event. What are your expectations?

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posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:43

1. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Which architecture does this intel cpu uses? x86 or the RISC as in case of ARM?
Getting excited, this day is certainly going to become a landmark for Intel!!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:47 1

3. jos_031 (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


The architecture will be based on X86. and it would be based on CISC instruction set

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:55

8. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


x86 is basically CISC but in case of x86 there isn't much difference.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:00

9. jos_031 (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


What do you think about Advanced Vector Extensions in it

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:43 1

2. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


To get my attention, this should have high end specs. Otherwise it's a meh. Moto why don't you give us something at par with LG optimus G and the Note 2.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:53 1

6. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Why should every other smarphone out there should have Snapdragon pros?? Android already runs butter smooth on MSM8960. I'd say Optimus G is kinda overkill at current time. It's 'ready for future'. Moto will certainly launch such spec'd phone when time comes. For now don't you think Razr MAXX HD is enough?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:24

15. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


lol you are cute. what I mean was specs could be like this

Intel processor
4.5-4.7 HD screen AMOLED or IPS LCD
4000 mAh battery
latest Android or stock Android
unibody design with kevlar
13 MP Sony camera (Moto have crappiest cam ever)

with this, I can say this Moto is worth a look in times that optimus G and Note 2 are released. otherwise we'll have another spin off that came from the original Droid Razr.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:38

18. redmd (Posts: 896; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


yep, it's confirmed. it's a Droid Razr spin off. Moto is out of designs. they are doing what Samsung did to S2 before and put different processors in it creating a variant.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:45 1

19. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


oh that's right...

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:51

4. jos_031 (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


Seeing the specs no one can compare between ARM architecture and x86 architecture.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:51

5. nadar.bsm (Posts: 32; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


Intel CPU's are really fast... want to see all apps work on this architect...

dual-core Intel processor
HD Screen
2GB RAM
atleast 2500 mAh battery...
all apps compatible
& global version phone...

this will fire the competition on the Android side.... :)

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 03:54 2

7. FAW-Q (Posts: 63; Member since: 29 Jul 2011)


A phone powered by an Intel and running Windows 8 non-RT would entice lots of nerds to jump boats.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:02

10. zeidof (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


I know the frequncy of cpu is 2ghz, but no idea about number of cores

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:29

16. Ray.S (Posts: 260; Member since: 19 Jul 2011)


It's a single-core processor.

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:06

11. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4070; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Time for us to take a trip to... THE EDGE. *insert dramatic music here*

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:10

12. eisenbricher (Posts: 971; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


Wow 2GHz confirmed!!

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:17

13. jos_031 (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


single core with HT

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:19 1

14. vanya (Posts: 5; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


Still a better phone than iFlop5. Or should I say waaaaay better?

posted on 18 Sep 2012, 04:31

17. jos_031 (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


I think same architecture as found in xolo. just improvement in clock speed

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