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?