Motorola Razr i's cutting-edge Intel tech explained in video

In this video, Rich talks to Intel's Sumeet Syal, who explains the tech that powers the new Motorola Razr i smart phone.

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The Motorola Razr i, announced today , is the first high-end Android phone in the UK to use an Intel chip. In this video, our man on the spot Rich Trenholm talks to Intel's Sumeet Syal, who explains some of the bleeding-edge tech incorporated into said slice of silicon.

Running at an impressively fast 2GHz, the Razr i has the potential to glide past the opposition with the ease of Usain Bolt. But that doesn't mean it'll be spent after 100m. According to Syal, the Atom Z2480 processor's single core and hyperthreading tech mean it can reach 2GHz without breaking sweat -- or using much of your battery life.

The Z2480 uses high-K metal gate transistors that reduce leakage, meaning each transistor can be smaller, and you get more output for your power consumption. For a chip clocked at 2GHz, that's important. Indeed, Syal promises "great battery life".

The Razr i isn't just a chip though -- its 4.3-inch screen has a very slim surround so it takes up most of the front of the phone. Round the back you'll find a slab of Kevlar, and while I wouldn't recommend relying on the Razr i to stop a bullet, it should withstand being in your pocket with your door keys.

In fact the only real downer is that the Razr i isn't running the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean. It makes do with Ice Cream Sandwich , perhaps because the software has been customised to run better on the Intel chip. It certainly felt very swift in our hands-on.

Rich's first take on the Razr i will be with you shortly, but in the meantime you can check out his hands-on video here . Drop us a pin-sharp comment in the box below, or over on our incisive Facebook page.

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