Droid Razr Announced, 7.1 mm thin and $299. What Did Motorola Leave Out Of The Announcement?

| October 18, 2011 | Reply

The DROID RAZR looks like an amazing phone. In about 9 hours I will likely repeat the same to you all when I do a  live blog of the Galaxy Nexus announcement. But for now, Razr is king. The specs are very impressive. You get a 4.3 inch QHD Super AMOLED screen. It should look pretty amazing. The phone touts a 1.2 Ghz dual core processor, 1gb of ram and 16gb of built in storage. The phone comes in at just 7.1 mm thin, which is thinner than the reported specs of the nexus coming tonight. Razr will sport gorilla glass as well as a splash resistant technology to keep the phone from frying if you should spill your latte on it. The back of the phone is laser cut Kevlar which will give a little flex while being super strong and light. Oh, and don’t bother looking for how to remove the battery cover, because it’s not removable - You’ll have to just trust that the 1880 mah battery will do the job. Pre-orders begin on October 27th and the phone will launch in November at a price tag of $299 on Verizon.

So what details did I leave out? Lets see….what could anyone interested in a Moto product want to know about? OH, the bootloader. No word as of yet if it’s locked. There was mention of “Military grade” encryption but we are waiting on sources to report if it is indeed locked down. Another thing not mentioned is the specific chipset the phone will ship with. I am going to say for now, it will be the same as the Droid bionic. If true, it will almost certainly be locked down. It will also be an older tech chipset than the Nexus is rumored to have. Another thing i noticed wasn’t mentioned was NFC. It appears this phone will not support Google Wallet purchases. Lastly, a release date. “November” is all that was mentioned. November what exactly? 3rd, 10th, 17th? Verizon is known for delays on original ship dates so are they just trying to cover their butts with this one?

These are some pretty good questions that will all be answered before you can buy the phone. The phone looks great, and should be a killer device to own either way. Stay tuned for more info as it comes across the net.

UPDATE: It has been confirmed that the bootloader is indeed locked down tightly. A Twitter user that goes by @Eldorath  asked the @Motorola Twitter account “New Droid Razr bootloader locked?” and they responded with “The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.”.  So they’re basically saying that Verizon requested that it be locked.

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