Nokia wasn’t the only company to showcase new smartphones today, as Motorola also had a New York-based media event that has just ended. Naturally, we’re mostly interested in the latter’s new devices, which were made official today. These are, as expected, the Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR M, but also the unexpected, but-not-totally-unpredictable Droid RAZR Maxx HD, which is basically a version of the Droid RAZR HD with an even bigger battery.
Unlike with the original Droid RAZR, which was quickly followed by a Droid RAZR Maxx released that pissed off buyers that hurried to get the former version, Motorola has learned from its mistakes and announced both the Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR Maxx HD at the same time.
Specs and features
So, without further ado, here’s what the Droid RAZR Maxx HD has to offer:
- Size: 131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3mm
- Weight: 157g
- 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD Display with 720p resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass display
- DuPont Kevlar casing
- 1.5GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 32GB memory of which 26GB is available to the user
- microSD support
- 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture
- 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
- LTE support
- Bluetooth 4.0 LE+EDR
- Wi-Fi with Mobile Hotspot for up to 8 connections
- 3,300mAh battery ready to offer up to 8 hours of web browsing on Chrome for Android (4G LTE speeds) and up to 8 hours of voice-guided turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Up to 32 hours of mixed usage.
- Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradable to Jelly Bean
Annoyingly, the Droid RAZR Maxx HD will come with ICS on board instead of Jelly Bean – you’d think Motorola would release new devices running the latest Android OS version but that’s not apparently the case.
Droid RAZR HD vs Droid RAZR Maxx HD
In case you’re interested in what’s different between the Droid RAZR Maxx HD and the Droid RAZR HD then don’t be surprised to find out that the former is slightly bigger than the latter. The RAZR HD weighs 146g and measures just 8.4mm in thinness. The added 11g of body fat and the extra 0.9mm thickness give the RAZR Maxx HD a 3,300mAh battery (compared to 2,530mAh) capable of up to 32 hours of mixed usage (compared to 24 hours of mixed usage). Moreover, the RAZR Maxx HD also packs an extra 16GB of built-in memory, while everything else stays the same.
Pricing and release dates
Neither Motorola nor Verizon were willing to announce pricing details for the new HD-branded RAZR smartphones. Since the Droid RAZR M will sell for $99 on contract, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Droid RAZR HD priced at $199 and the Droid RAZR Maxx HD priced at $299 – these are guesstimate subsidized prices from our part, meaning they will require two-year commitments with the carrier.
Motorola said the devices will be launched by the end of the year in the U.S. – except for the Droid RAZR M that’s going to be available for pre-order starting today – but it did not mention international availability dates for either model.
Anyone picking up a new Motorola handset this year? What will you choose?
Verizon Wireless and Motorola Add Three New and Exclusive 4G LTE DROID RAZR™ Smartphones
All the power, battery life and cool design of DROID RAZR™ with the speed of 4G LTE three times over
Sept. 05, 2012
BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility today announced that they are adding three new and exclusive smartphones, DROID RAZR™ M, DROID RAZR™ HD and DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ HD, to the DROID RAZR™ by Motorola family on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network.
All three devices offer the power and reliability that customers have come to expect from Motorola and Verizon Wireless. DROID devices give customers speed, power and revolutionary technology, while the RAZR design delivers a thin, compact device built with strong, top-of-the-line materials and long-lasting battery life. The new smartphones are powered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, giving customers the capability to simultaneously talk and browse the Web and also access the blazingly fast speeds that cover more than 75 percent of the U.S. population. With three brand new options, this lineup has something for everyone.
DROID RAZR M: The Full-Screen Phone
DROID RAZR M is an unbelievably compact smartphone that puts the world in the palm of your hand with an edge-to-edge 4.3-inch Super AMOLED™ Advanced display. Customers will be amazed with the DROID RAZR M’s design, which is significantly shorter and narrower than the original DROID RAZR, yet includes the same size display, making it the most compact 4.3-inch 4G LTE smartphone.
DROID RAZR M also features powerful Web browsing capabilities by combining Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network with the speeds of Chrome™ for Android™ mobile browser for an unrivaled mobile Web experience.
The DROID RAZR M’s SMARTACTIONS™ feature maximizes battery efficiency with every charge, allowing customers to browse the Web and watch videos without worrying about draining their device’s battery.
DROID RAZR HD: Performance and Power
Building on the DROID RAZR legacy, the new DROID RAZR HD expands the innovation with a new 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display that allows movies, photos, magazines and even websites to appear with vivid clarity. DROID RAZR HD provides customers with 78 percent more pixels for a more vibrant display and features 40 percent greater battery capacity than the original DROID RAZR.
The viewdini app is at its best with the HD display and 4G LTE speeds to watch movies, television shows and other video content. Viewdini brings the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network to the screen by streamlining access to videos from a wide range of content providers, including cable operators, websites and other popular video sources. The viewdini app can be downloaded from Google Play.
DROID RAZR MAXX HD: Long Live the Battery
Packed with the same leading features as DROID RAZR HD, the DROID RAZR MAXX HD raises the industry standard for battery life with 32 hours of normal use. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD is remarkably thin, yet packs sufficient battery power for 13 hours of straight video playback, enough to watch a movie trilogy without needing a charge. Customers also have enough battery life to talk the day away with up to 21 hours of continuous talk time or browse the Web on 4G LTE for up to a full eight hours.
A Trilogy of Premium Design, Speed and Features:
● 4G LTE – customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE coverage areas.
● Interactive Circles Widget allows quick access to notifications, weather, time and more
● Quick Settings can be accessed directly from the home screen so customers can easily manage their volume profile, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth®, GPS and more
● Enhanced Help Guides provide interactive tutorials, help topics and tips to become a DROID RAZR expert
● Global Ready so customers can have voice and data service in more than 205 countries
● Business ready with enterprise grade security and data encryption, remote wipe, complex password support, IPsec multi-headed VPN client and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® support
● 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM
● Mobile Hotspot – Share a 4G LTE connection with up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
● 8-megapixel camera with LED flash and 1080p HD recording
● Front-facing camera for video chatting
● NFC-enabled so customers can send contacts, links, maps and more directly to compatible phones with Android Beam™
● Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, DuPont™ KEVLAR® fiber and water-repellent nanocoating
● microSD™ card slot with support for up to 32 GB
The new DROID RAZRs run Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean by end of 2012) and come with the best of Google Mobile Services, including:
● Chrome™ for Android™, giving a personalized Web experience
● Google Play™, apps and games, millions of books and songs, thousands of movies and TV shows
● Google Maps™ for Android (Beta) for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
● Voice Actions for Android™, letting customers control their phones with their voice
● Google+™, which can automatically upload photos to a private album online
● YouTube™, watch videos in stunning HD, Preload subscribed channels or individual videos and the YouTube app will automatically download videos over Wi-Fi while the phone is charging – making them ready to watch in an instant
Pricing and Availability:
● DROID RAZR M will be available for pre-order starting today, September 5th, at 5 p.m. ET at http://www.verizonwireless.com/droidrazrm and will be available on September 13th in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at http://www.verizonwireless.com for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. Customers receive the rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted. The DROID RAZR M will be available either Black or White.
● DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available before the holidays. The DROID RAZR HD will be available in either Black or White and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available in Black.
● Customers who purchase a DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD or DROID RAZR MAXX HD will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless data plan. Share Everything Plans allow customers to add smartphones to their account for $40 monthly access. For additional information, customers should go to www.verizonwireless.com/shareeverything
About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, owned by Google, fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.