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Photos: Motorola unveils 2GHz Intel-powered RAZRi

Motorola's first Intel-powered Android handset will be making its way to Europe in October for an as-yet undisclosed sum, but can it take on its ARM-based rivals?
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By Ben Woods, Senior reporter on
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Motorola has announced its first Android Ice Cream Sandwich-based smartphone that uses an Intel processor.

The RAZRi will be coming to Europe and Latin America in October, and was announced at an event in London on Tuesday.

The device is pitched as having a 4.3-inch 960x540 pixels qHD "edge-to-edge display", despite the thin border around the exterior of the screen.

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Other key hardware specs of the device include the Intel Atom 2GHz processor, 8GB of onboard storage and microSD expansion.

The RAZRi also comes with an 8-megapixel camera on the rear and forward-facing 0.3-megapixel camera for video calling.

Under the bonnet, the handset runs Android 4.04 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but Motorola says it plans to upgrade it to Android Jelly Bean at the beginning of next year.

Motorola also confirmed on Tuesday that where possible it will bring the handsets to market with unlocked bootloaders.

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Like some other hardware manufacturers, Motorola has focused on appealing to consumers through solid feature and service extension.

For example, the RAZRi will go directly from the lock screen to being ready to take a photo in around one second. It can also then take 10 pictures in less than a second using the 'burst mode' option.

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Motorola has also created other custom groups of apps designed for quick access to related functions. For example, 'Vehicle Mode' (pictured) groups apps such as Navigation, Maps, Voice Commands and Music on one screen for easy control when on the move.

You can also add your own apps to the shortlist using the 'other apps' option in the bottom left hand corner.

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Motorola has also added onscreen prompts for its voice commands functionality, such as 'look up', 'call' and 'text'.

Voice commands can also be used to control the hardware of the device, for example, switching Wi-Fi or Bluetooth on or off.

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The RAZRi also has dedicated hardware controls on the side of the device. 

Shown above is a dedicated camera shutter button, volume rocker, and power button.

On a side note, it has been quite a while since I've seen visible screws down the side of a phone.

On the other side of the handset there is a microSD slot, SIM slot and micro USB port.

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The RAZRi, while thin at 8.3mm, isn't quite as svelte as its RAZR predecessor (pictured on the left), which measured 7.1mm.

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The RAZRi also comes with apps such as Quick Office pre-installed for opening PDFs or creating documents while on the move.

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