Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Droid 4 finally dated, priced: Feb. 10 for $199.99 on contract

The first Verizon LTE Android phone with a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard is nearly here. As expected, Verizon on Tuesday announced that the Motorola Droid 4, the latest in its flagship Droid line, will launch on Friday, Feb. 10.

The Droid 4 features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and is being called as the "thinnest and most powerful 4G QWERTY smartphone." It will come with Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), an 8MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 4-inch qHD display and a promised upgrade to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

It will also, along with the LG Spectrum, be the first of Verizon's LTE devices to support global GSM roaming, by the end of this year at the latest, and perhaps as soon as the first half of 2012.

The design of the Droid 4 is decidedly RAZR-like, with the exception of the screen being 4-inches vs. 4.3-inches, and naturally with the additional slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

Verizon has always tended toward Thursday releases, but some of its releases, of late, have been on Friday, which is a conundrum for those ordering online. The best folks could expect would be a Saturday delivery, which could prove to be an issue for many.

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Meanwhile, retail stores will also have the Droid 4 on Feb. 10, but supply is unknown. Folks should make sure the store they visit is an official Verizon store and not a in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

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