Motorola Mobility unveils three new Razr smartphonesBy Hanleigh Daniels 7 September 2012 | Categories: news
As the fourth best selling smartphone vendor in the US, Google-owned Motorola Mobility is currently looking to boost sales with the announcement of three new devices, namely the Droid Razr M, the Droid Razr HD, and the Droid Razr Maxx HD.
Motorola’s Droid Razr M measures in at 60.9 x 122.5 x 8.3 mm and features the same DuPont Kevlar back cover found on the Droid Razr smartphone as well as aircraft-spec aluminium incorporated its design.
It packs a 4.3" qHD (540 x 960 pixels) Super AMOLED Advanced display protected by Corning Gorilla glass. This smartphone operates on Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), but Motorola Mobility did state that an update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) will become available soon after its release.
Performance should be snappy, considering that this LTE (4G) capable device is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and boasts 1 GB of RAM. Users will be able to record full HD (1080p) videos using the phone’s 8 MP rear-facing camera, whilst video calls can be made via the 0.3 megapixel front-facing snapper. You only have access to 8 GB internal storage, but this can be expanded to 40 GB via the microSD card slot.
Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD
The unit that has us interested is the Droid Razr HD that features a very decent 4.7" HD-Ready (720p) touchscreen that is guarded by Corning Gorilla glass along with a water-repellent nanocoating. It is also waver-thin at 8.4 mm (67.9 x 131.9 x 8.4 mm) and is powered by the same 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU doing duty in the Razr M.
This 4G-enabled handset also sports NFC (near field communication), a sizable 2 500 mAh battery with Motorola claiming a battery life of 24 hours, as well as an 8 MP rear-facing snapper and 1.3 MP front-facing camera. This smartphone operates on Android 4.0.4 (ICS) out of the box, but is upgradable to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).
The Droid Razr Maxx HD is basically the same device as the Droid Razr HD, except that it packs a larger 3 300 mAh battery that Motorola says will boost battery life 32 hours. There is a price to pay for this bigger battery though as the smartphone is 9.3 mm thick compared to the 8.4 mm frame of the Razr HD. Users have access to 32 GB of onboard storage with the Droid Razr Maxx HD.
Motorola Mobility stated that the Droid Razr M will be available Stateside in September, whilst the other two new Razr devices will be arrive in the US before the holiday shopping season. The company said that more precise details on timing and pricing will be made closer to availability dates. No local release info is available yet.
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