There were no surprises at today’s “Motorola. On display” event, but they did introduce a few seemingly solid devices in the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR MAXX HD, and the mid-range Droid RAZR M.
The RAZR HD is essentially a refreshed Droid RAZR. It has an improved 4.7-inch 1280×720 HD Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 8-megapixel rear camera, NFC, LTE, and a massive 2,500mAh battery. Other notable inclusions are Gorilla Glass, splash-guard coating, and the inclusion of Google Chrome as its stock browser. The device measures in at 131.9mm tall, 67.9mm wide and 8.4mm thick. They are touting awesome battery life, despite the huge display and LTE connectivity, with 16hrs of talk time (I know, I know, who talks on their phones anymore?!).
The most noticeable differences between the original RAZR and the HD? The back of the device is now completely wrapped in the Kevlar-coated material and there is now less bezel on either side of the screen.
Like the RAZR MAXX did the RAZR, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD will share most of the same core specs and features of the RAZR HD, with the main difference being battery size and thickness. The MAXX HD packs a 3,300mAh battery and is a little thicker than its brother overall due to the battery upgrade. Motorola is claiming 27hrs streaming music, 13hrs video, 8hrs of web surfing, and 21hrs talk time on this beast of a battery.
The Droid RAZR M is the “mid-range” little brother to the RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, and I put mid-range in quotes because it’s spec’d unlike other mid-range phones currently on the market. The device has a 4.3-inch qHD (960×540) Super AMOLED Advanced display covered with Gorilla Glass, the same dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor as its big brothers, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 2,000mAh battery, 8MP rear camera, 3MP front-facing camera, NFC, LTE, and global roaming capability. The big feature that they were touting with this one is the nearly edge-to-edge display with barely any bezel, allowing it to offer a generous amount of screen real estate in a relatively small frame. Despite the solid specs the RAZR M will sell at only $99, instantly making it a very attractive device for anyone shopping the mid-range price range.
Disappointingly, all three devices will ship with Android 4.0, but Motorola promised that they will see their 4.1 update before the end of the year. As a good-faith effort, they even had 4.1 loaded on all of the demo devices at their event. All three will come in two flavors, black and white. Also of note is that Motorola pledged to make Developer Editions (unlock-able bootloaders) of all of their devices available from here-on-out – that should make a lot of Android enthusiasts happy.
The RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD release dates are yet to be determined, but Motorola stated that they will both be available “before the holidays”. The RAZR M will be released next week, with pre-orders starting today. Want the RAZR M Developer Edition? Make sure you have a cool $549.99 available and head on over to the pre-order page.
So there you have it, the latest generation of the Droid RAZR family. What do you think?
Motorola Mobility Takes Screen Size and Battery Life to the Edge with Three New Smartphone Additions to RAZR™ Family
More screen. More battery life. More compact. More colors. And the best of Google packed inside. Introducing the new RAZR™ M, RAZR™ HD and DROID RAZR™ MAXX™ HD.
Sept. 05, 2012
LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Sept. 5, 2012 – Speed, power, design and the best Android™ experiences around. Motorola Mobility is delivering all that and more with three new additions to its RAZR™ smartphone family: Motorola RAZR M, the full screen phone; the nonstop all-day entertainer Motorola RAZR HD; and the unmatched, live-forever battery of DROID RAZR MAXX HD by Motorola. All three Android-powered smartphones are built with top-of-the-line materials, are small in size, big on battery life and packed to the gills with the best experiences Google has to offer.
Pushing Screen Space to the Edge
Motorola RAZR M packs a big screen into a phone that fits in the palm of your hand. The Super AMOLED Advanced 4.3-inch display spans from edge-to-edge. The border you typically find on smartphones is virtually, in a word, gone. Even though it’s smaller in size, you still get 40 percent more screen than the leading competitor*. You can type emails and texts easily with a wider keyboard, watch YouTube™ videos and movies on a wider screen and browse the Web with Chrome™ for Android without squinting. All on a long-lasting battery that is 40 percent more powerful than the competition*.
Motorola RAZR M is also easy to use. It comes with interactive, swipe-by-swipe tutorials that walk you through the setup and help customize your phone to your needs – no instruction manual required. While RAZR M already has a long-life battery, when you set up the SMARTACTIONS™ battery saving rules too, your phone settings will automatically adjust to squeeze even more from every charge.
Available in sleek black or stand out white, the Motorola RAZR M will be coming soon to consumers in several Asia Pacific countries. For those in the US, it’s coming to the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network as DROID RAZR M by Motorola for the unbelievable price for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. All that power, speed and edge-to-edge beauty at a great price. No catch.
Go. All. Day.
The new Motorola RAZR HD provides long-lasting battery performance for nonstop high definition entertainment. Its 4.7-inch HD display is the most compact smartphone in its class, designed for watching up to 10 hours of movies and TV shows or 6 hours of surfing the Web. You get the same sharp clarity as your HDTV, and beat the competition* with 85 percent greater color saturation and 50 percent more pixels per inch.
It’s not all about looks though. If you feel like hitting the road, you can drive with confidence knowing you’ll get up to 6 hours of voice-guided turn by turn GPS navigation all on a single charge. No matter where the day (or night) takes you, Motorola RAZR HD will keep up with 24 hours of battery performance.
Available in sleek black or stand out white, the Motorola RAZR HD will be coming soon to consumers in various countries throughout Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and Latin America. In the US, it will be available before the holidays on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network as DROID RAZR HD by Motorola. We’ll provide more details on pricing and availability soon.
Long Live the Battery
Never have an “off” day again. DROID RAZR MAXX HD has the same features as Motorola RAZR HD, but takes battery life to a whole new level. We’re talking 32 hours of performance1 with the longest-lasting LTE smartphone1. You can literally get through an entire Hollywood trilogy with 13 hours of straight video playback, up to 10 hours of YouTube HD content or surf the day away with up to 8 hours of web browsing. For those who eat, drink, work, play and sleep with their phones, life won’t ever be the same.
DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available before the holidays in black in the US on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. More details on timing and pricing will be made close to availability dates.
Premium Materials and the Best of Google
These new smartphones are made from the premium design materials you expect from the Motorola RAZR family, including a Corning® Gorilla® Glass display, DuPont™ KEVLAR® fiber^ and a splash-guard coating. They’re also built with the best of Google inside:
- Chrome™ for Android, giving you a personalized Web experience anywhere you go
- Google Play™, offering access to 600,000+ apps and games, millions of books and songs thousands of movies and TV shows
- Google Maps™ for Android for voice-guided, turn-by-turn directions
- Voice Actions for Android™, letting you control your phone with your voice
- Google+™, which can automatically upload your photos to a private album online
- YouTube™ for watching exclusive videos and live events in HD quality
- Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, upgradeable
For more information and multimedia assets for Motorola RAZR M, Motorola RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD, please visit our press kit at mediacenter.motorola.com.
Calling All Devs and Mod Enthusiasts
The beauty of Android lies in personalization and customization. For developer and custom ROM enthusiasts, DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD will come in a special developer edition available online only through motorola.com in the U.S. Tweak, tinker and customize the day away by using Motorola’s software tools to unlock the bootloader. Warning: not for the faint at heart. Warranties will be voided. Visit motorola.com/razrmdev or motorola.com/razrhddev for more information.
In countries outside the U.S., the device will ship with an unlockable bootloader where operators allow.
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