Motorola DROID 4 appears...with LTE support
Also, the Motorola DROID 4 will have a non-removable battery, unlike what we heard from a source earlier, and MotoACTV syncing. The rest of the specs seem familiar such as the 5 row QWERTY keyboard, 1080p video capture, back and front-facing cameras, HDMI out. The version of Android installed is a little more current at 2.3.5. Think Motorola DROID RAZR with a QWERTY.
It is way too early to think about pricing ($299.99 with a 2-year pact, perhaps?) or a launch date. Just know that the Motorola DROID 4 is on its way, carrying 4G connectivity and keeping alive the famous name that started the current bout of Androidmania about 2 years ago.
1. TGreg104 (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)
Honestly.. If the specs are close to the razr/nexus then I'd take this phone over any. I miss QWERTY keyboards and I honestly think that soft keyboards are annoying. It'd be nice to have a higher end slide out phone. The only thing that saddens me is no ICS.
10. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
No ICS = instantly obsolete. Would you buy a new PC running Windows Vista?
12. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
if it was a ridiculously high-spec'd one that's guaranteed to get Windows 7 and possibly 8 then maybe. ;P
23. remixfa (Posts: 13901; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
how can this phone be shown with ICS on it right now when ICS ISNT EVEN OUT YET!!!!!???!?!?!
33. corporateJP (Posts: 1190; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
People just don't get this whole "when the update releases, your phone will have it" thing.
44. TGreg104 (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)
ICS is different. Having a phone that has the update isnt the same as having a phone designed for it, thats what you dont get. ICS's strong point is that it is supposed to be optimized with the hardware, like iOS. If you're upgrading, you not only have two sets of Navigation buttons (mildly annoying but not a deal breaker) but you're phone isn't completely optimized as it would be if the phone was built for ics
45. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 294; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)
I remember hearing that ICS will be able to use the regular capacitive buttons. I mean why not? It's not that much different. And it would be goofy to have two sets of buttons. There's not reason for it to be incompatibale. And it should run fine as the phone MADE for is has the same freaking specs. And comparing it to Vista and 7 is a bad comparison. Besides, Gingerbread is more like Windows 7, and WIndows 8 is more like ICS. They both have all new uis and are redesigned but will run fine on old hardware ;)
37. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
It wouldn't make any sense to release an ICS phone when the Galaxy Nexus(the first ICS phone isn't even out yet.) One of the biggest selling points for the Nexus is it's ICS upgrade.
41. Mario1017 (Posts: 336; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
the galaxy nexus is shown with ICS and it isnt out yet either,lol
43. TGreg104 (Posts: 28; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)
Google owns Motorola so therefore I expect them, especially with phones that are releasing after ICS, to be the first company to release phones with ICS besides the Nexus.
60. jogutier (Posts: 324; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)
It's out, just not to the public. Just like this phone isn't out to the public, but it has ICS.
38. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2840; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
What a horrible comparison. First of all Vista was one of the worst operating systems ever made. People begged for XP and wouldn't buy any computer running Vista. So your point is invalid as people would perfer the downgrade of XP.
Secondly, there's nothing wrong with Gingerbread and because Motorola uses the same processor as the GN, it will most likely be upgraded to ICS later this coming year anyway.
76. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
If any three phones are made for ICS, it's the Droid 3/Bionic/Razr triplets. OMAP4 is the reference processor for ICS, so it should be an easy port. Blur is the only reason I'm concerned about the upgrade. I know it's not as bad as it used to be, but with Google buying Moto, they should defer to the stock interface starting with ICS.
15. vantenkiest (Posts: 308; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
Razr is getting ics pretty early in 2012 i bet this would get it too.. i mean it has the ablility to run it. i really dont think they will let it suffer with the older stuff for very long.
47. ayephoner (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)
the report is Q1, 2012. time will only tell if it is on time.
i expect the 'droid' line to be a 2nd tier line of phones that offer the qwerty to the niche market that still wants it. this phone will be the razr, with slightly smaller screen and not rugged and probably released and upgraded a bit behind the razr as well.
i dont understand why anyone would want this phone, unless you really want a qwerty, which i dont entirely understand either.
54. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they'll use the same building process and materials to make this phone as the Razr so they can keep it super thin. you won't miss anything on this phone. the Droids in the original series have always been able to stand up with the big boys. i love my QWERTY so you can bet i'll wait for this one. ;P
73. choupino (Posts: 60; Member since: 28 May 2011)
vantenkiest what the hell are you talkling about??? Did you really just say "i really dont think they will let it suffer with the older stuff for very long."??? "SUFFER" really??? Do you honestly think that devices that are running GingerBread are actually suffering? Most devices haven't had it for a year and you're already considering it obsolete?
Slow your roll
2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh wow, the chin is gone. that's crazyyyy! xD
this will be my next phone. (:
hopefully the Droid Loyalty program will have something in store for Droid 3 owners to be able to get this more easily.
also notice how there's no symbols on the letter keys? i believe that this keyboard illuminates the symbols when you press the shift key.
8. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
What Droid Loyalty program? I went from the OG to the DX to the DX2 and never heard of it. You have to have a lot of loyalty to suffer to degradation of the Droids into mediocrity. After the DX2's pentile screen and buggy GB release I gave up on Moto Droids.
13. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they're still drawing it up.
24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh so sorry. xD
i need my optimism to make it in today's world of awesome phones coming out every other month.
20. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
After one phone you give up? Complain much? One of those people who like to complain without much of a basis. Like there are no pros to having a Motorola built handset...You are full of garbage you know that. Which droids are mediocre aside from the Charge which was the lowest I have ever seen from a Droid branded phone. Surely you talk too much and think a lot less!
29. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Insult much? Buddy, just disagree with him.
69. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 612; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Actually no, i can pull out a lot more if you'd like :)
26. terabyteRouser (Posts: 396; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Lol that infamous chin baffled me from day 1. Lol like why do they keep adding this to the phone. It does nothing as far as its looks.
28. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
The Chin was certainly out of respect for Bruce Campbell......
32. iamcc (Posts: 1319; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
I kinda liked the chin on my D1... gave me something to hold on to that wouldn't move if I slid open the keyboard... kinda nice imo but I also see why people don't like it.
34. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i liked all my chins! i especially like it on the Droid 3. it really sets it apart and besides it's a characteristic feature of the first major Android device. the chin is an honor. o:
3. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
this phone is my favorite, i wasnt allowed to play with the software but when i held the demo unit it felt great and the keyboard layout was perfect. hopefully i can use the unit for some testing soon!
19. Snapdude (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)
its about the same.from what i figure they ruduced weight and some thickness by making the batery non-removable but the lte radio and premium build materials raise the weight back up to a little more than the D3 but a slightly less than D2g
50. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
How about the thickness? It looks pretty chunky in those photos, but it's hard to tell. Thin QWERTY is the DROID line's claim to fame.
55. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Droid 3 is quite thin and since it seems they'll use the same building process as they are with the Razr it'll be thinner still.
4. bolaG (Posts: 468; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)
:((((( wish this would come out this year. I love the keyboard option. Im gonna have to settle for the RAZR I cant stand keeping this crappy samsung rouge for any longer...
7. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
F U Motorola! You always release new phones every month. Why don't you make your customers feel they have the latest even just for couple of months!
11. c.hack (Posts: 487; Member since: 09 Dec 2009)
New phones with obsolete operating systems. I heard the Droid 5 will be out in March with ICS and a removable battery. LOL
14. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
i know right? 1st the DROID 3, then the bionic, then the RAZR, and now DROID 4. WTF?? With minimal changes and upgrades. Motorola is a rip off.
17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Droid 4 probably won't be out until Q2 of next year so they can catch Droid 2 owners coming out of their contracts.
18. arcq12 (Posts: 733; Member since: 13 Oct 2011)
that will make DROID 3 owners pissed off, like Bionic owners with the RAZR.
25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
no. i was pissed about the Bionic because it was RIGHT after the 14 days for early adopters that the Razr became big news and the Bionic became outdated. the Droid 3 has had a pretty good life span. it's been out since July-August and we're talking sometime after 2012 that this thing will come out.
27. terabyteRouser (Posts: 396; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Yea I'm glad I did get my Droid 3 when I did. Its worth the 6 month life span coming from a Droid Incredible.
51. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I dunno, they might want this to replace the Droid 3 in their lineup sooner than later as more areas go LTE. Also this looks pretty far along in development - it already has its Verizon branding. I'm guessing Q1.
56. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Droid 3 is still a great phone, i'd say just keep it on as a mid-range device when this bad boy comes out to replace it.
57. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Agreed, they should drop the price of the Droid 3 and the Incredible 2 by $50 and cover every price point from $100-300 with Droids.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
Motorola hasn't announced the Droid 4. this is a leak. :P
53. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
But given the timing of past leaks, an announcement is probably only 2-3 months away. Witness the Droid 2 (leaked in June 2010), Droid 3 (March 2011) and Razr (August 2011).
58. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah and that'll be fine with me. as a Droid 3 owner i won't feel ripped off by it's announcement. (:
59. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
This throws a wrench in my upgrade decision though. As a QWERTY user the Droid 4 keyboard looks perfect, and shrinking qHD SAMOLED to 4" makes it second only to the Nexus. Of course there's the ICS factor, but with their OMAPs and Google takeover imminent, it should come to the Droid 3/Bionic/Razr/Droid 4 fairly quickly. Hmmmmm....
61. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
the Droid 3's keyboard is similar and let me tell you. it's second to none. even Phone Arena jizzes puddles over this keyboard.
62. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I tried the Stratosphere keyboard and it was nowhere near the Droid 3. The keys were so narrow I had to type with my fingernails. The Droid 3's is great, I just couldn't accept the RGBW screen.
63. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5470; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah, the Stratosphere's Keys felt way too stiff.
64. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I was forbidden by my fiancee to even consider the Stratosphere because it's so similar in design to my Rogue. Trying to tell me to change with the times... but dammit I like my qwerty! Even the best on-screen keyboard can't compare to tactile keys.
71. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Me too. :D But she's an iPhone 4 user, telling me to get a Nexus for the software updates. That I'll get used to the size.
66. snowgator (Posts: 3149; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
King- I didn't know if I should pee laughing or clean my moniter just from reading that statement... So I just laughed... :-D
9. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)
Wow! qhd, super amoled, 4 inches? were gonna see some good picture here...
52. roldefol (Posts: 2855; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Yeah, Super AMOLED qHD at 4 inches won't be that much lower pixel density than the Nexus.