Verizon Wireless announced on Thursday that the Droid Razr HD and the Droid Razr Maxx HD, both manufactured by Motorola, will be available in the Big Red's stores starting October 18 (opens in new tab). Both smartphones will continue the Droid Razr legacy by providing the features and power that customers have come to expect, Verizon said.
These are two of the first three phones manufactured under Google's reign and were originally flashed to the press last month by Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt during Motorola's "On Display" Android press conference. The other Google-directed phone – the Droid Razr M – launched that day, but the availability date for the other two were rather vague – until now, of course.
The new Droid Razer HD features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD screen built with premium materials such as Corning Gorilla Glass, DuPont KEVLAR fiber and a layer of water-repellant nanocoating. Powering this Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" phone is a 1.5 GHz dual-core SoC and 1 GB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, and mobile hotspot capability.
This phone also features an 8MP camera on the back, a front-facing camera for video chatting, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for adding up to 32 GB of extra storage, and NFC tech so that users can use Android Beam to share contacts, documents and maps directly to compatible phones. This phone will be offered in either black or white.
The Maxx version is essentially the same save for a better battery (up to 32 hours, apparently) and 32 GB of storage. It's also business ready with enterprise grade security and data encryption, remote wipe, complex password support, IPsec multi-headed VPN client and Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support. It will only be offered in black.
"Both new Droid Razrs run over 4G LTE, combined with Chrome for Android, meaning customers can enjoy blazing fast speeds that make downloading documents or surfing the Web a breeze," the company said in a blog. "Verizon Wireless 4G LTE will soon be available to more than 245 million people in the United States. Also, both devices are Global Ready, so calling home or sending emails is possible from more than 205 countries around the world."
The Droid Razr HD will be available for $199.99 and the Droid Razr Maxx HD will be $299.99, both with a new two-year contract. Verizon customers can purchase either phone next Thursday (October 18) in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores, and online (opens in new tab).