Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD delayed due to “death grip”?

September 29, 2012
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Packing cellular antennas into increasingly thin devices is no trivial task. Just ask Apple. The brouhaha that erupted when iPhone 4 users reported signal drops when holding the phone in a certain way caused Steve Jobs to speak out and offer free bumpers to every iPhone 4 buyer. The media storm eventually subsided, and, the next iPhone came with dual antennas, that could kick in alternatively, thus solving the “death grip” problem once and for all.

Now it’s Motorola’s turn to face a death grip situation, but luckily, they found out about the problem before actually releasing the device. According to a user on the Howard Forum site, the launch of the Verizon-bound Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD has been delayed, due to problems with the placement of the phone’s antennas.

Note that Motorola did not offer a precise launch date for its new flagships, only promising that they will be available by holidays. Now a source quoted by Phone Arena says that the device might be out by the end of the year, but potentially not in time for Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.

Xabernaut, the forum user that first reported the issue, says that the problem is caused by the size and shape of the antennas, but also by their contact to the external case of the devices. This causes signal drops when the phone is handled in a certain way, an issue that was reported by hardware testers.

The silver lining of the story is the Droid Razr M was not delayed by the build issues. In fact the Razr M (like its European cousin, the Razr i) is already available in stores. Also, it is likely that the delay will not extend to the Razr HD and Maxx HD that Motorola is selling in other regions. At least in Germany, the Razr Maxx HD could arrive as soon as October.

Are you looking forward to the Droid Razr Maxx HD?

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/mtn786 Muhammad Tayyab Naeem

    Very Sad! to know that Razr HD Arrival late. I was waiting for this beauty. Please motorola.

  • Jared Persinger

    Well at least they found out about the problem before releasing it

  • Muhannad Agha

    I blame google for not taking charge

  • bill

    i think this antenna bull crap is just a joke. More or less a ploy to get people talking about the device. How could the US design be that different from the German design that has no known antenna issue? Motorola really needs a head start this Holiday season with all the 4.7+ devices coming out soon. If they don’t get this out in October there will be tremendous blowback and lost confidence. It would be a heartbreak if LG and Motorola switched ranks in consumer perception.

    • Adrian

      The German and Verizon LTE networks are on different frequencies. They are using
      different LTE chips and the requirements from regulatory
      bodies like the FCC are different. So why do you think the antennas are the
      same?

      • bill

        Of course Germany runs LTE at 2600MHz and Verizon at 700MHz. It seems you are trying to complicate the issue because that has nothing to do with the voice antenna issue. The reusability of design is constant while Germany runs GSM and Verizon CDMA they use the same physical antenna just different underlying technologies.