Motorola is pushing forward with the second generation of its DROID RAZR family brand and just announced the Motorola DROID RAZR HD. The trademark slender body of the handset has been changed up a big, but it’s still more compact than a Samsung Galaxy S III or HTC One X.
The RAZR HD measures 131.9 x 67.9 x 8.4mm and weighs 146g, so it’s thicker than the previous one, but the thickness is more uniform.
As the name suggests, the DROID RAZR HD has a larger 4.7″ edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display of 720p resolution.
The back of the device is again made of Kevlar, but this time it wraps around the edges of the headset too. The camera here is an 8MP snapper with 1080p video recording and LED flash.
The RAZR HD is powered by a Qualcomm chipset with a dual-core Krait CPU, 1GB RAM and Adreno 225 GPU. It will be running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It will be upgraded to Jelly Bean later on – of course, Motorola is a Google company and we expected nothing less.
Chrome will come pre-installed on the new DROID RAZRs, and Motorola was keen to point out how fast it is.
The battery on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD is 2,530mAh, so battery life should still be good with the power-efficient 28nm Qualcomm cores. For example, it offers 16 hours of talk time.
There will be a Motorola DROID RAZR HD MAXX too, with the same 3,300mAh battery as the previous version. It measures 131.9 x 67.9 x 9.3mm and weighs 157g. Battery life is listed as up to 21 hours of talk time, 27 hours of music streaming and 10 hours of video streaming. Impressive indeed.
Other interesting features on the HD include NFC connectivity, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and an HDMI port. The RAZR HD will have 16GB of built-in memory, while the RAZR MAXX HD will have double that. Both have microSD card slots.
The LTE-touting Motorola Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD will launch on Verizon before the holidays. There will be a GSM version of the RAZR HD too, but not the RAZR MAXX HD for now.
The RAZR M and DROID RAZR M are Moto’s latest phones
As US events usually go, today’s Motorola announcement was centered around the new phones they will be releasing through the local carrier Verizon. We already told you about the RAZR HD and RAZR HD MAXX, but Motorola also unveiled the most compact of the family – the RAZR M or the DROID RAZR M, as it would be known in the US.
Both phones are based on the powerful Snapdragon S4 chipsets, featuring 1.5Ghz dual-core CPUs and 1GB of RAM. They will run Android Ice Cream Sandwich, but are promised Jelly Bean updates by the end of the year.
As the most compact of the trio of phones announced today, the RAZR M has a 4.3-inch almost bezel-less screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. According to Motorola the RAZR M dimensions are typical for smartphones with 3.5″ screens. The RAZR M and DROID RAZR M are also pretty slim at just 8.3mm.
On the back of the Motorola RAZR M duo, you will find an extra beefy 2000mAh battery and an 8MP autofocus camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording. Internal user-available storage is 4.5GB plus there’s the usual microSD slot for expanding that.
The Motorola DROID RAZR M has support for Verizon’s CDMA+LTE network plus quad-band HSDPA and quad-band GSM support. Motorola doesn’t quote the network connectivity support of the international RAZR M (“Bands vary by country”), but we’d guess it’s the same as on the DROID RAZR M but sans the CDMA (and possibly LTE) support.
The Motorola DROID RAZR M will start shipping on September 13 with Verizon accepting pre-orders for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate starting today.