Motorola launches 'world's thinnest' Droid RAZR smartphone

Motorola launches 'world's thinnest' Droid RAZR smartphoneSo Motorola has gone ahead and launched its Droid RAZR over in the US, a brand new 4.3in smartphone that's, ahem, razor-thin at just 7.1mm thick.

For that we'll have to wait another handful of hours, with the spotlight shifting from New York to Hong Kong and the unveiling of the Samsung Nexus Prime in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

But back to the Droid RAZR. That 7.1mm thickness certainly sounds impressive, though you do have to add “at its thinnest point”, as there's a much thicker protrusion along the top edge where the camera is housed.

Sticking with the physical elements, the Droid RAZR boasts an all-Kevlar splash-proof chassis with Gorilla Glass screen and a 4.3in Super AMOLED qHD touchscreen.

On the inside, it's a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM teaming up in the engine room, along with an 8-megapixel camera capable of 1080p video capture, which seems to be the new benchmark for new high-end Android phones.

Aside from the Droid RAZR's 4G LTE billing, which means it should positively fly along on Verizon's next-gen networks over in the US, Moto is also quite proud of its new handset's battery life, which should dish up 12.5 hours of talk time and 8.9 hours of video viewing.

Like the Atrix earlier this year, you can use it with Motorola's WebTop accessories, and we're told US types will be able to get the Droid RAZR on 2-year deals for $299 up front starting next month.

Nothing yet on pricing or availability in the UK, but what we can confirm is that the Droid RAZR will come with Android Gingerbread 2.3.5, and not Ice Cream Sandwich like we were secretly hoping for.

The Motorola DROID RAZR is now confirmed to sport a 4.3-inch advanced qHD display, which boasts a high contrast ratio and richer color saturation than the iPhone 4S. The display is fully covered with Gorilla Glass and the chassis is indeed made with Kevlar and splash-proof. It features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p HD video capture.

But besides the faster and more powerful specs, the DROID RAZR also boasts smarter power management with Motorola’s “SmartActions” technology that automatically performs certain actions like turning off your Bluetooth settings once you reach home to help conserve battery life. It can be customized to fit your needs and can extend battery life by 30%. It boasts 12.5 hours of talk time and 8.9 hours of video viewing.

The device will be a 4G LTE device heading to Verizon as suspected. It also features Motorola’s WebTop technology that integrates it with desktop interfaces as well as MotoCast and other enterprise features. It will also have a whole bunch of accessories available for it.

The Motorola DROID RAZR will be priced at $299 with a new two-year service agreement. Pre-orders will start on October 27 with the device to be available in stores starting November.

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Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 18:37

but what we can confirm is that the Droid RAZR will come with Android Gingerbread 2.3.5, and not Ice Cream Sandwich like we were secretly hoping for.

Anyone else think this is just a temporary thing say around 9 hours until ICS is confirmed by google??? surely moto isn't stupid enough to launch a new phone with the old software ...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:03

Treab, what was the Atrix launched with, Android version-wise :p? As Motorola dubbed it, that was, "the most powerful smartphone in the world".

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:09

froyo (which ive only recently found out meant frozen yoghurt lol)

but you may have a point... gingerbread was launched in december 2010 and the atrix was feb-march... but moto will be owned by google soon so its gotta be upgraded to ICS soon after right ...

and moto launch it with ICS please... this maybe the phone i upgrade to if you do... a kevlar bodied phone sounds shexy :D

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:14

Precisely...Motorola aren't bothered about releasing high end phones, with old software, evidently. Hopefully, like you mentioned, now Google are at the reins (whether that be officially or not yet), the updates may happen sooner and I really hope you're right about an "upgrade", tomorrow after ICS has been announced.

Btw have you seen the (almost), certain Galaxy Nexus specs? Kinda disappointing if you ask me, glad I only wanted ICS and not the Galaxy Nexus itself, it's about on par with an S2, worse camera, better screen resolution, slightly thicker, bigger battery...they come out with about the same amount of wins and losses in each category overall.

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:16

worse camera? i heard it was an 8mp? i did once hear it was a 5mp but thought that was a rumour??

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:16

Oh and I agree with your editing, Kevlar shell and Gorilla glass screen sounds like a smartphone for people who don't want to have to keep it locked away in a glass case to protect it if you drop it once...cough cough...iPhone 4S...cough cough...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:17

No mate, the leaked Japanese carrier specs from today, state 5mp and 1.3mp vs the S2's 8mp and 2mp.

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:18

Plus the battery sounds like it will last ... unlike the iphone 4s...

HAHAHAHAA (seriously check out the stories... alot are saying the battery is worse than the 3gs ;) lol)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:24

Well there's no way the iPhone 4S has a powerful processor, a barely bigger battery and the same battery life as the 4, not happening. I know there's some theory that states dual core uses less battery than single core, I can tell you first hand, it's a load of bull.

Btw random question, do you know if ICS is going to be for high end/new devices only? My friend has a Wildfire and she asked me, I had to tell her I had no idea, just wondering if you knew about your hero?

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:26

.... rofl my hero on ics that would be funking amazing... tbh i recon the ICS will be high end but i dont know (after all ICS is designed for tablets and phones so its optimised for dual core processors or so ive heard)

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:47

Well I thought ICS was meant to "unify", Android and end fragmentation, or did they just mean they were coming up with an OS that worked on both tablets and phones by design? I thought they meant low end devices only(no offence mate), were going to be dragged up to 4.0...maybe I got the wrong end of the stick...

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 19:50

ooh. ive only heard its to cross over from phones and tablets (which is good for the phablet)

but i still see android like this -

gingerbread will be for low end smartphones (like bada or symbian)

honeycomb for low end tablets (maybe with a sync to gingerbread)

ICS - for high end phones and tablets to allow better connectivity and cross over...

but that is just my opinion and maybe shown to be tripe... still 7 hrs to go ...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 20:51

Sorry, I only just saw you'd commented on here :p.

Honeycomb won't become low end, it's closed source. Google will want to keep it off crappy tablets, I reckon it'll just die out all together. ICS will definitely be used in high end tabs and phones, that's a given I think. GB will still float around randomly, as Froyo did last year, *ahem...Atrix & Optimus 2x...I'm looking at you...*

I heard rumors a while back that ICS would be compatible with low end devices, I hope that's true, a genuinely unified Android would be a beautiful thing, IMO.

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 20:55

but if its true about unifying the whole platform is a terrible idea..

a phone os wont behave the same on say a 600mhz phone as a 1.5ghz dual core... it sounds great but its a little unrealistic and people are likely going to find it lags on there phones which breeds disillusionment...

big words :D

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 22:41

I don't know if it'll happen, or if it was just a rumour and all they meant by "unify", was one OS for tabs and phones.

True it wouldn't run the same on a Wildfire as it would on an SGS2, but it could be adaptable. Gingerbread is far slower on a San Fran, for example, than an SGS2.

Anyone who's genuinely disillusioned when their £100 phone's slower than their mate's £500, is an idiot, to be honest. It's like expecting a 150(ish)bhp Mondeo and my 300(ish)bhp A6 to perform the same because they're both cars and are both sort of the same shape...

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 23:00

i know. the mondeo will always be faster :p the audi is limited :p

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 23:03

Wouldn't like to be in a Mondeo doing 155mph ;).

Anyway...I had mine removed...and the ECU changed...I want power, not fuel economy :p.

After having a Focus RS, there was only so much boring safety crap I could stand haha :D.

CTPAHHIK  Oct. 18, 2011 at 23:24

Is it going to be as buggy as Atrix? Any clue which chipset?

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 23:29

matt... who doesn't want to be in the mondeo doing 155 it would be the first time its done something fun :p

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 18, 2011 at 23:39

CTPA....I can't remember the rest :p...

It's the 4430 apparently, the Galaxy Nexus will be using the 4460. According to TI's website, the only difference is clock speed and chip release date, late 2010 vs early 2011. They use the same GPU (SGX450), so they'll both have less GPU power than the iPhone 4S and even the half a year old SGS2...

Personally, I really want ICS, but the crappy nexus phone can crawl back into it's hole for all I care.

Treab (nice easy username, btw, I've always wondered, how do I pronounce "Treab"?), Mondeos are fun...if you buy the ST220...otherwise, sod it, get a Focus RS, most fun you can have with your clothes on, to quote a friend who once drove mine haha :D!

Treab  Oct. 18, 2011 at 23:44

treab (as phonetically as i can)

tree-ebe sort of thing... the a prolongs the sound of the e...

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 00:02

Tree-b...with the "b", being a short, sharp sound? I always thought it was Tree-ab :p.

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 00:06

yep. alot of people go for tree-ab but its soo bad... it should flow a little... :p tree-ab is a little blunt and 'orrible...

Treab  Oct. 19, 2011 at 00:06

bug bug bugg

matt101101 / MOD  Oct. 19, 2011 at 00:10

I've never heard the name before in my life to be honest, however it's pronounced :p.

You're right, it does sound better how you say it haha :D. My name is well....self explanatory...Matt was taken, so I whacked some easy to remember numbers on the end haha :D.


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