Motorola DROID 4 appears...with LTE support
0. phoneArena 27 Oct 2011, 13:52 posted on
The fourth version of the historic Motorola DROID series has already been pictured just a few months after the launch of the Motorola DROID 3; besides support for LTE, changes include a 4 inch Super AMOLED screen replacing the PenTile display on the current model...
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16. pimpclark (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)
Hope they don't screw the phone up by taking away global capability, LTE with global capability would be a first for this cdma network and this phone is mine.
22. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
You people have no kind of business sense at all, Motorola is making sure to put out different types of phones to reach people who want something a bit different. There is a method to the madness, and who says this phone will come out with GB and not ICS? Will the idiots just stop talking as if the phone is ready to be released tomorrow. Even if it does release in the next couple of months with GB, it will obviously be upgraded to ICS relatively quickly. It's a bloody Dual Core LTE phone, sometimes to stupidity on this site far outweighs the sensibility of just pausing for a moment and thinking.
Making it a world phone would be up to Motorola, but considering it will be a flagship phone on VZW it will depend. Will the tradeoff work, is it actually pointless to make it a World Phone based on the numbers of how well the last Droid World phone brought in. It's the numbers game, if it's only on VZW then one would hope that D2 World phone sold lots to warrant Motorola putting in the extra radio to support World bands along with LTE and CDMA radios. I'm guessing it might not, extra cost and heft, considering the phone is going iPhone with non removable battery. It might just be CDMA/LTE capable with a World Phone coming out for other carriers not in the US or on a major US network.
40. Firedrops (Posts: 218; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
Hope it is a GSM world phone though. Honestly the Droid (number) is one of the rare lines which promise decent specs in side-sliders. Other companies seem to think "Oh they like keyboards? That means they wouldn't mind have slow processors, small screens and keyboards(candybar) or crapy batteries." and its VERY annoying.
30. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Easily my favorite Droid phone and way up on the list for fav device out there. I would happily still get the "3" without LTE, the "4" with it is like Christmas in the Summer.
35. roscuthiii (Posts: 1887; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Oh... I've been missing a h/w qwerty and I'm not a big fan of the bigger displays over 4". I wish this were an announcement and not a leak. The Galaxy Nexus I intend to get would be taking a back seat right now.
If I hear this is coming with the steel body, Kevlar skin, and Gorilla Glass of the Razr before I upgrade in February I'll be holding off for just a little while longer. Although my gf is already driving me crazy to start upgrading for the HTC Rhyme. (What can I say, the chick marketing worked on her.)
The non-removable battery does give me pause though.
36. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5665; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
you should wait for this. they probably used the same materials to construct this as they have with the Razr. after seeing that there's no where to go but up with their high-end designs. you g/f should wait for the Vigor. my sister wanted the Rhyme too and i was asking Bob from Wirefly some questions about it and he said that the HTC representative says that the Rhyme's charm indicator will work on the HTC Vigor so i've gotten my sister to wait.
39. Firedrops (Posts: 218; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
Sigh. I have my fingers crossed hoping that it will be released in Singapore.
42. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3045; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
I really hope this isnt just a "refresh" and they only upgraded it to LTE. Sure it has a super amoled display which is WAY better but I hope they also upgraded the RAM to 1GB.
46. bhtooefr (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Oct 2011)
At least the prerelease device in those photos does not appear to be AMOLED. It's pretty obvious that the black areas are still emitting light - just like an LCD.
That's not to say that it won't be released with an AMOLED display, but that is not an AMOLED display, that's an LCD. Can't tell if it's PenTile RGBW or RGB stripe, not enough detail, there.
Unfortunately, I'm not due for an upgrade from my Droid 2 Global until December 2012...
77. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Unfortunately now that I'm taking a closer look at those photos, I think you're right. If you zoom into the app screenshot, you can see the PenTile jaggies, and the screen glow is LCD, not AMOLED. I think that's the same PenTile RGBW screen from the Droid 3 and Atrix. It's not as bad as the Bionic's screen, but RGBW in general doesn't look great.
48. ateo (Posts: 14; Member since: 09 Jul 2008)
This phone looks great!
I kinda envy all that live in the U.S of A. Here in Europe I'm still waiting for the Milestone 3 (Droid 3 counterpart) and it seems we may even miss it, since Motorola has canceled it's launch. Now, as the 4th gen. appears, i only hope it will come to Europe.
Specs wise it's and upgrade from the Droid 3 just as much as the Droid 2 was an upgrade from the OG Droid.
67. snowgator (Posts: 3345; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)
Agree. Sorry your carrier never grabbed it. But the 4 will only have a few upgrades, though they are really good ones. Hope you get a chance to buy the 4, and the wait is not too long for you.
49. cartersumpter (Posts: 4; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
What? No removable battery? I thought this was Android, not another iPhone
70. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
I think they are finally wrapping their heads around better battery life and power consumption so removing the extra pieces they can make the phones a little more durable and increase it's water resistance capabilities and well, look how well it's done for apple...people buy it in spite of its non removable battery. I expect this phone to have over 10 hours of use and not just talk to time to warrant not being able to remove the battery. Multi core processors should aid in this, lets hope it gets very good battery life numbers, this better have a good reset function key.
72. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Wow seriously Moto? Everything since the D1 & DX has been underwhelming & now the D4 is just a D3 with LTE. What a shame... I loved my D1 & my current DX, but Moto has completely fallen off my radar.
There was barely a blip for the remade Bionic & now the Razr.
74. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3045; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)
Pretty damn thin considering it is LTE and has a huge slide out keyboard. Add 1GB of RAM and confirm ICS in the near future and I just may damn well be sold!!!
75. roldefol (Posts: 3260; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I'm very, very conflicted because of this leak. If past Motorola beta test leaks are any indication, this phone is closer to release than we think - maybe as early as Christmas. Do I enjoy the ice creamy goodness and HD screen of the Nexus now, or wait for that amazing-looking keyboard?
78. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5665; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i'd wait for the Droid 4 but let me tell you ever since upgrading to the Droid 3 from the Droid 2 i've found the keyboard to be less necessary on it's bigger screen. i still prefer using it but i'm good at typing on screen now too so i could see myself going without it now for a good reason. i think you'd prefer the Nexus' higher resolution display and prompt updates myself. o: