Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Motorola resurrects the RAZR name, with the 7.1mm thick Droid RAZR

Motorola has officially resurrected the RAZR name, as on Tuesday the company introduced the Motorola Droid RAZR (formerly the Droid HD), a 7.1mm thick device, coming soon to Verizon. The device will go on sale with pre-orders as of Oct. 27.

It won't be cheap: it will cost you $299.99 on contract. It has a number of features that might make that price seem cheap, however.

For one, the device case is made of Kevlar. Indeed, that's the famous bulletproof material, but past RAZRs were able to stop a bullet just fine without it.

It's also an LTE device, meaning it will work on Verizon's 4G LTE network. For once, Motorola is generous on the storage side: the device comes with 16GB of on-board storage and a pre-installed 16GB microSD card, for a total of 32GB.

The Droid RAZR will also sport a 1780mAh battery (which, considering how much battery the current generation of LTE drains, is a good thing), Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) and 1 GB RAM. The rear-facing camera will be 8MP with 1080P HD video capture and image stabilization technology. It will also sport a forward-facing HD camera for video chat.

Also, and nicely, the Droid RAZR will have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced screen with qHD resolution. Visuals should be nice, and the processor can back it up: the RAZR will have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, though exactly which one is still TBD.

The Droid RAZR also carries the same webtop interface that was pioneered by the Atrix 4G.

Verizon did not release an exact shipping date, but they did say early November, so pre-order customers won't be waiting long for the resurrected RAZR.

The original clamshell RAZR feature phone was a huge hit for Motorola. However, the company rested on its laurels for too long, and fell behind other manufacturers.

Now the big question for buyers will be Droid RAZR or Samsung Galaxy Nexus (yes, yes, or iPhone 4S)?

You can watch a hands-on video below.

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