Three new smartphones join Motorola’s RAZR family
By Darren Quick
September 5, 2012
Motorola has introduced three new Android-powered LTE smartphones to its RAZR family. There’s the DROID RAZR M, which the company describes as a “full screen phone,” the DROID RAZR HD, dubbed the “nonstop all-day entertainer,” and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, which boasts a “live-forever” battery that provides up to 32 hours of power. Motorola claims this makes the MAXX HD the longest lasting LTE smartphone on the market.
All three new models are powered by a Qualcomm 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, come with 1 GB of RAM and will come running a custom-skinned Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with an upgrade to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) promised. All sport a micro SD card slot for increasing storage capacity, along with NFC capabilities and an 8 MP rear facing camera. The M gets a 0.3 MP front facing camera, while the HD and MAXX HD both sport a 1.3 MP unit.
Constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum, all feature a scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass display with water-repellent nanocoating and the same Kevlar fiber coating that has become synonymous with the RAZR line since its resurrection in 2011. However, the Kevlar coating now extends across the entire back of both the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD, although not the M.
What the M does boast is a 4.3-inch, qHD (960 x 540) pixel, Super AMOLED touchscreen with a minimal bezel that Motorola says results in a handset that is smaller than the iPhone 4S, while providing 40 percent more screen real estate. The company also claims the M’s 2,000 mAh battery is 40 percent more powerful than Apple’s device, providing a battery life of 20 hours based on average usage.
The RAZR M comes with 8 GB of internal storage and measures 60.9 x 122.5 x 8.3 mm (2.39 x 4.82 x 0.32 in). It will come in black or white. Pricing and availability for other regions hasn’t been announced, but the RAZR M will be available in the U.S. from US$100 exclusively through Verizon on a two-year contract from next week, with pre-orders now being taken.
Sporting a 4.7-inch display packing 1,280 x 768 pixels and a 2,530 mAh battery, Motorola says the RAZR HD can deliver up to 10 hours of high definition video (or six hours of Web surfing) with 85 percent greater color saturation and 50 percent more pixels per inch than the iPhone 4S. With average “mixed use,” (which Motorola calculates by combining usage and standby time), the battery should last up to 24 hours. The HD ups the inbuilt storage to 16 GB and it will come in black or white. It measures 67.9 131.9 x 8.4 mm (2.67 x 5.19 x 0.33 in) and will be available in the U.S. in the coming months.
RAZR MAXX HD
The MAXX HD is pretty much the same as the HD, but with 32 GB of inbuilt storage and a 3,300 mAh “long live” battery that results in a few extra millimeters in depth. But that few extra millimeters will pretty much ensure the MAXX HD is still be going while other smartphones have been sent in search of a charger. Motorola estimates that under average mixed use conditions, the phone’s battery will last up to 32 hours. It also provides over 21 hours of talk time, 13 hours of video playback, or eight hours of Web browsing. The MAXX HD will come in black and measures 67.9 131.9 x 9.3 mm (2.67 x 5.19 x 0.36 in). It will be available at the same time as the HD.