Motorola officially announces the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD


The Motorola DROID RAZR was an excellent first device for the reboot of Motorola’s storied mobile phone line, and today they unveiled the next step. It’s the long-rumored Motorola DROID RAZR HD, and it has a 4.7 inch 72op HD display that has 78% more pixels than the DROID RAZR, and 85% better color saturation than the iPhone 4S. It also comes with 32GB of storage.

Motorola is boasting 16 hours of talk time thanks to the 2,500mAh battery, but there’s also a MAXX variant — the same phone, except with a more beefy battery inside. They’re promising 27 hours of audio streaming over 4G, 10 hours of constant video  playback, and 21 hours of continuous talk time.

Other specs include  1.5 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM, an 8 megapixel HD camera with a 1.3 front-facing camera, a microSD card slot, and the other usual bits and pieces you come to expect.

Verizon couldn’t give us a solid release date to rely on but have assured us that it will be out before the holiday season. Read on for full press details, and be sure to stick around a little bit later as we deliver our hands-on impressions from New York City.

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 athttp://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.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 94.2 million retail customers, including 88.8 million retail postpaid customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 78,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Android, Chrome, Google+, Google Maps, Google Play and YouTube are trademarks of Google Inc. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. KEVLAR® is a registered trademark of DuPont used under license by Motorola Mobility LLC. Corning and Gorilla are registered trademarks of Corning, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Motorola Mobility LLC. All rights reserved.

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  1. RAZR MAXX HD. People joked, but it’s real. Looks pretty good, too.

    I still just don’t get the amount of phone below the display on any of the three, though.

    1. Oh, you mean the bezel? Yeah, Motorola has always been the worse offender when it comes to this.

      1. Yeah, that. I didn’t feel right referring to it as “bezel” since I see that as all four extremities of the device- and to be fair, they’ve shown good progress on the sides with these new phones.

        1. I’d call it a “bezel chin” then.

    2. Antenna

      1. thats actually it. the antenna is at the bottom of the device.

        1. and the battery as well…

  2. So with Google owning Moto, and going by the screen shot, is it safe to assume that Blur (even though i realize the icons are still Blur) will be no more and moto devices will be stock android? As well has moto devices will launch with the most recent android OS?

    1. I’m interested in that as well. Blur was not mention as part of the software package.

  3. MAXX For The Win!

  4. “before the holidays?!?” ugh!

  5. I love that time/weather widget on the Razr HD, anyone know what it is called?

    1. I’m assuming it’s part of MotoBlur?

  6. Full of MEH! Where’s the Sprint devices? Lol. I do like the RAZR HD though. Not enough to jump carriers though.

    1. Where’s the Sprint 4G coverage? Lol.

      1. Loving my WiMAX in NY. Dunno about you. When LTE drops in NYC, I’ll upgrade to an LTE device. Duh.

  7. I played with the RAZR HD this morning, it’s very slick Ann’s does away with the “bump” that exists at the top of my current RAZR.

    It’s very smooth, but I want allowed to run any benchmarks or take any pictures. The screen is bright and clear.

  8. Like I ever wanted to hear the phrase “Verizon Exclusive” again.

  9. Why is there never a gsm version?

    1. Still on the old management plans. I’m guessing going forward there will be a lot less exclusives.

      1. Yeah it would be hard to do an event in London for another Verizon exclusive…

        1. That will be for an Intel phone that won’t be coming to the states, but I like the sarcasm.

  10. Why don’t they bring variants to other carriers? :-(

  11. Hopefully, Motorola will make a Nexus GSM version of the RAZR MAXX HD this Fall.

    1. hello? thats what im talkin about!!!!hahaha

  12. Why not 2 GB RAM? Overall I don’t really see anything exciting? Is it only exciting to Verizon users who have a much more limited selection of devices?

    1. VZW customers complain that they have no device options, but I only see them getting more and more devices on a fairly normal basis.

      1. Yes they get crappy brand x nerfed version or clunky brand y nerfed version with all the crap apps VZW can pack into the system. While the hardware in these phones is “current” there is nothing breath taking about either of these phones.

  13. “Motorola” and “Verizon” graffiti all over this as usual. Just a touch of tacky to add to the mediocrity. If only they could have found room on the front for a “Google” logo too!

    I’m vicariously embarrassed that an entire press conference was dedicated to these bezelly monstrosities.

  14. The real story is that Motorola is basically making Nexus devices now.

    1. I wanted to hear that in what was said, but I didn’t. :(

      I think there’s still some hope, though.

  15. At the very least they annouced them side by side instead of several months apart ala The older Razr and Razr Maxx

  16. The fixed navigation bar makes the display barely bigger than the original Razr.

  17. No mention of blur, no mention of vanilla Android. I’m confused! But… there is HOPE!

  18. LOL a big press event to announce more razr phones??? Not even a decent try at trying to steal Nokia and Microsofts thunder.
    Cannot stop laughing at more lack lust razr phones.

    1. Nokia who?

      1. Nokia. That company that just dropped 16% after the mediocre unveiling of their toy phones….

  19. im looking forward to a MOTO-Nexus device with less bottom bezel space and a true NEAR edge to edge screen on all four corners…this is possible thats why now android 4.0+ requires touchscreen buttons!!!!!

  20. them moto chins are hooooorrible…but nice to see OEMS adapting the soft keys…

  21. So… if this comes out in October (which seems optimistic considering the current lack of a release date), it will be available six months after the HTC One X was available on AT&T, and offer no real improvements in performance or functionality. What has Motorola been doing? LG is supposed to be launching a phone on AT&T with the S4 PRO before the holidays… Hopefully Moto has an awesome Nexus device in the pipeline…

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