Motorola launches DROID RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX HD, RAZR M for Verizon Wireless
Motorola held a press event in New York City this afternoon to announce their latest innovations alongside Verizon Wireless and claimed it would be the “main event” of the day after Nokia’s Lumia 920 and 820 unveilings. In reality, the Nokia event should have been the main event, because Motorola just put everyone at its press conference to sleep.
Motorola started things off with the DROID RAZR HD, an update to its former Android flagship device with a larger 4.7-inch HD display, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, a 2,530mAH battery, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video capture, and it’s shipping with Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Motorola also puts a strong emphasis on the fact that all of their new RAZR devices will be shipping with Google’s Chrome mobile browser pre-installed for “lightning fast browsing,” despite the fact that its demo to showcase Chrome’s speed failed on stage. Of course, there’s LTE connectivity, as well.
Next up? The refreshed DROID MAXX HD, just in case your RAZR MAXX’s battery wasn’t big enough, Motorola is giving you an even bigger one. It’s got a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (SD expandable), 8-megapixel camera with 1.3-megapixel front facing the camera. There’s 4G LTE, a Kevlar body with Gorilla Glass screen, and it too has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Finally, Motorola showed off the DROID RAZR M, 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. According to Motorola, the RAZR M has the same size display as the original RAZR despite being shorter and narrower. The company says it’s the world’s most compact 4G LTE smartphone. Keeping with the theme of the day, there’s a 1.5GHz dual-core processor on the inside, a single GB of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage, an 8-megapixel camera with a less than awesome VGA front-facing camera, standard 2,000mAh battery, and your typical array of WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and proximity sensors. Oh, and there’s Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The DROID RAZR M is available for pre-order starting today at 5 p.m. It’ll be available for pick-up and delivery on September 13th and will sell for $99.99 on a two-year contract. The RAZR MAXX HD and the DROID RAZR HD will be in stock before the holidays in either black or white.
Despite the fact that Google has already launched its next version of Android, Jelly Bean, Motorola is continuing to launch devices to the market with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Normally, this wouldn’t really be a huge issue, but Android Jelly Bean has completely redefined the Android experience in the eyes of most of its pundits. Since Google purchased Motorola Mobility, these two companies need to be working directly together to get updated devices to market in a respectable timeframe. Motorola says an upgrade to Jelly Bean is coming for these devices “soon,” but that doesn’t change the fact that its press demonstration units were running Jelly Bean. Why wait? Why ship the devices running Ice Cream Sandwich if they aren’t ready?
We know why. Apple’s iPhone 5 is going to be released next week. That’s why.