Motorola improves its Droid RAZR line with bigger screens and better batteries.
Wednesday was quite the busy day for smartphones over in New York City. With Nokia wrapping up its press event for its new Windows Phone 8 powered Lumia 920 and 820, Motorola stepped up to unveil its own product line refresh. Putting a heavy focus on screen size and battery life, Motorola revealed three new Droid RAZR phones: The Droid RAZR M, RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD.
Earlier in May, Google officially acquired Motorola Mobility and appointed Dennis Woodside as the new CEO. Now after three months of work, Woodside took to the stage to unveil the new phones and discuss three major points of focus for the company's new direction: speed, power management and of course, Android.
All three of the new Verizon-exclusive RAZRs feature a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, microSD expansion and an 8MP rear mounted camera with 1080p video shooting. In addition, the three phones will continue the legacy of the RAZR's ruggedness with Gorilla Glass displays and Kevlar infused bodies. Although they will ship with Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich," Motorola promises a v4.1 "Jelly Bean" update by 2013.
The main differences between each phone have to do with screen size and battery power. The smallest of the three, the Droid RAZR M, features an edge-to-edge screen with just a tiny bezel on each side. Although its 4.3-inch display is the same as its RAZR predecessor, the RAZR M is both narrower and shorter than the original, making it the most compact 4.3-inch 4G LTE phone on the market.
For those who want an even bigger screen, the Droid RAZR HD features a massive 4.7-inch screen with an equally massive 2,500 mAh battery. Following the edge-to-edge screen design of the RAZR M, Motorola packs a big screen into a reasonably sized smartphone. Senior Vice President of Products Rick Osterloh states, “Our screen has 40-percent more screen area than an iPhone 4S. What you get is more screen per square inch than ever before.”
Although Motorola promises up to 16 hours of talk time with the HD, the company has prepared for 4G LTE's battery-sucking powers with the Droid RAZR MAXX HD. With increased internal storage and a beefier battery that promises 21 hours of talk time and 10 hours of video streaming, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD offers big things in a relatively small package.
The RAZR M is already available for pre-order with a price tag of $99 after rebate for new Verizon customers. Although a specific date and pricing wasn't given on the RAZR HD and MAXX HD, Motorola promises to release the two before the holiday season. Until then, head on over to Razr.com for more information on the devices and to pre-order your own RAZR M. You can also watch the entire press event below, courtesy of Motorola.