The expected has indeed occurred. Motorola has officially announced the Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR M for Verizon, just like we knew it would. However, the rumored-to-have-been-cancelled Droid RAZR MAXX HD is actually real, and got official today too on its way to Big Red.
The Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD are, as you’d expect, identical in all respects but the battery capacity (just like their predecessors). So when I refer to the RAZR HD, know that (unless I’m talking about the battery), the same applies to the RAZR MAXX HD.
The Droid RAZR HD has a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD Gorilla Glass touchscreen, yet Motorola claims this is the most compact big-screen smartphone yet. Its footprint is very similar to that of its predecessor, the Droid RAZR, yet its screen size and resolution has been increased. The screen apparently delivers 85% more color saturation than the iPhone 4S.
The RAZR HD also has 4G LTE support, a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5 GHz processor, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 MP camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a front-facing camera, microSD slot, global roaming, NFC, a kevlar back, water-repellent nanocoating, and a 2,500 mAh battery.
Strangely, Motorola hasn’t talked about the RAZR MAXX HD’s actual battery capacity, only saying that it would last for 21 hours of talk time, 10 hours of video streaming over LTE, 8 hours of Web browsing over LTE, and 27 hours of music streaming over LTE.
The Droid RAZR M has an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch 540×960 Super AMOLED touchscreen, and a 2,000 mAh battery. Other than that, its specs are identical to its bigger brothers.
The RAZR HD and RAZR M will be available outside the US, but from Motorola’s wording in its press releases it doesn’t look like the RAZR MAXX HD will join them. That would be completely nonsensical and a shame, but stranger things have happened.
All three phones will launch running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, with updates to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean promised to arrive before the end of the year. In fact, Motorola has announced that it will update ‘most’ of the devices it launched in 2011 and 2012 to JB. And if you own one that won’t be getting the latest OS version, Moto will give you $100 credit toward purchasing one of the three phones unveiled today.
That’s a neat offer, but keep in mind it’s US-centric. Motorola’s people have also promised that the company will from now on be focused on speed (primarily through 4G LTE support), power management (besting the competition in terms of battery life), and (surprise!) Android – timely software updates. We’ll have to see how well that will go, since historically Motorola has been one of the worst offenders in terms of updates (especially outside of North America).
The Motorola Droid RAZR M will be available in black and white (seen above) at Verizon on September 13 for $99.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) with a new two-year contract. Pre-orders will start later today. The RAZR M (sans Droid branding, of course) will also come to customers in several Asia Pacific countries soon.
Unfortunately, the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD didn’t get release dates or pricing today, but they should both be out ‘before the holidays’. The Droid RAZR HD will come in black and white, and the MAXX only in black.
Motorola has also announced that it would start selling developer editions of the Droid RAZR M and Droid RAZR HD through its website in the US. These will have unlockable bootloaders. Developers and generally all those who love tinkering with their Android devices should really love this – at least Motorola hopes so. What this clearly means, though, is that the RAZR HD and RAZR M units sold through Verizon will not have unlockable bootloaders.
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