Motorola DROID HD appears on Verizon's Device Manager, confirms LTE connectivity
The Device Manager confirms that the Motorola DROID HD will be a LTE compatible device but will not be a world phone. The downside to that is that you might as well leave the device in your desk drawer when traveling abroad. On the other hand, lack of a GSM radio means that the DROID HD will be lighter than global models. The handset is already supposed to be the thinnest Android model made by Motorola.
The specs include a Kevlar chassis to protect the inner workings from water, a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood. 1GB of RAM is aboard and an 8MP camera captures video at 1080p. Yes, the DROID HD will also come with a front-facing camera for video chats and self-portraits. Pricing and a launch date are unknown although with things progressing rapidly, it shouldn't be too long before the latest Motorola DROID model comes to market.
1. xfgbdf (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
Super amoled??? so if Motorola gets it what are the chances of htc getting super smoled considering htc is Samsung biggest competitor in terms of android phones?
3. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
HTC had Super AMOLED on the Droid Incredible but it's supply was put back seat to the Galaxy S' supply of panels and that caused MANY back orders for the device and made some people go with the Droid X instead. HTC may still be burned about that.
6. xfgbdf (Posts: 12; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)
I hope they get smart and use the super amoled because as of right now there screen sucks and i should know i have the 3d if you move it a bit the colors look washed out thats the only thing i hate about that phone
26. david heim (unregistered)
The only reason the HTC EVO 3D's display sucks is because its a stereoscopic display, or known as the same type of display that the Nintendo 3DS uses. So it's expected that if you move the screen to another direction that the 3D hurts your eyes and the screen looks a bit washed out.
2. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i hope Verizon comes up with a program that'll let you trade handsets bought within the last few months should you want to.
10. sooooomg (unregistered)
yea they better wow.. prime vigor this......... VERIZON Do you hear US you better let us :D
11. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
why would they, they have you locked in for 2 years and they are counting on that to pay for the $400 they covered in subsidies.
14. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
some carriers will help you out of those if you decide to switch to them. Verizon needs to keep loyal customers.
21. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Having worked at VZW in the past I've seen it from both sides. I think something like the best buy buyback program wouldn't be a bad idea. Pay a fee when you get your phone and if you come back within 6 months you get half the purchasing full-retail price towards the phone, and the % goes down over time. If you don't upgrade within 24 months of date of purchase (or you can do 25 to allow wiggle room for WFG) then you can't trade it in. If it's damaged in any way, cannot turn it in. So it's a potential money maker for verizon, and for the consumer who wants a new phone every 6 months, if you average out your cost of a 600 dollar phone and upgrade 6 months on the dot with an upfront cost of 250 for the phone for the phone your average cost for your first 4 phones is 332.5 bucks, which isn't bad if you consider that just getting a Bionic today at 250 and buying another retail in 6 months at a similar price nets you an average cost of 425. No it's not as good as getting the contract price everytime but you can't always expect to get what you want.
23. Krb686 (Posts: 9; Member since: 05 Mar 2011)
That's just how the phone industry works. The same goes for computers. Why even worry about it when you get the next phone you want the same thing will happen again ikn 2 or 3 months. Thank Moore's Law (or Koomey's law) for that one.
29. soooomg (unregistered)
what downy thumb me down LOL! how is my comment negative in any way? wow soo many lame people on this site..
30. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i know right? just some wishful thinking. gosh! xD
4. Yeeee (Posts: 190; Member since: 02 Aug 2011)
Will this replace the bionic? They are very similar except this is thinner and a little better
5. ltr (unregistered)
It wont replace the Bionic, I think the main point of the phone is the video capture abilities and a very nice design.
Not many cell phones capture 1080p video, most phone usually go 480i, 720.
This might be a very expensive phone.
7. A R (unregistered)
Will Verizon ever release an LTE set with GSM capabilities as well? I'm hoping that the Droid 4 will carry on from its predecessors and release a model (or be built in) with a trimode module!
8. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
yeah, i don't see them not making the original series global anymore since they've done it with the Droid 3.
9. superguy (Posts: 271; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
I don't think a world phone on Verizon is a very good deal unless you can get it unlocked somehow. Verizon's roaming rates thru Vodafone aren't cheap.
If it could be unlocked, you could get a prepaid SIM with an unlimited data plan over there for around $30 or so, and then just use Google Voice while abroad.
It's why I'm keeping my old Captivate even though I switched to Verizon because it's unlocked and I can easily use the prepaid SIM and GV abroad.
12. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)
I've heard it is fairly simple to get it unlocked from verizon since they already have you for the CDMA back home. Just tell them you are traveling and maybe they will unlock it, if nothing else I'm sure there are companies willing to do it for a price.
15. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
Verizon won't do it if it means not paying for their Vodafone service and besides that unlocks their exclusivity to the device.
24. DoctorD0S (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)
I had a Touch Pro 2 and I called right up, they gave me the unlock code. If you are a customer in good standing they will give it to you, just make sure to not call on the phone you are trying to unlock. It does not really affect VZW, the US 3G GSM bands are all blocked on the radio, so you could only use the 3G overseas anyway, in the states it would be 2G only, and noone will want a Droid 4 with 2G GSM.
13. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
This phone should definitely be called Droid RAZR. Sounds a lot cooler than just HD especially when there's no reason to call it HD. Sure it can do 1080p but so can many other dual-core phones, plus is there really a big difference between 720p and 1080p on a cell phone? I think not.
16. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
i don't like either of the names. i'd like something that emphasizes on it's thinness though like the Droid Edge or something.
17. bob (unregistered)
so what would be wrong with the RAZR name again? it was thin for its day and may, just may, bring more people to the phone due to name recognition
18. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
when i think of RAZR i think of an old flip phone and the RAZR series led up to some pretty rough times for Motorola, the name is kind of like a bad omen now i think. if you remember Motorola just came out with too many RAZRs, it was ridic and now after all these years they're gonna come out with ANOTHER RAZR. nope, i say let the RAZR brand be and move on.
19. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Considering the RAZR sold 130 million+ devices, making it the number 1 selling clamshell device of all time, Motorola's tough times had more to do with bad phones after the RAZR (KRZR, RAZR2, RIZR, to name a few, though the RAZR2 was actually a pretty cool phone, IIRC it's pricing point was horrific) and of course having only WinMo to hitch it's wagon to for smartphones didn't help. Gotta love the Motorola Q and of course the Q9, which actually the Q9 wasn't that horrific of a device, windows just sucked.
28. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that's my point, even though the RAZR was successful Motorola tried milking it until they nearly destroyed themselves. the RAZR 2 was a nice phone but it was outrageously expensive and it went EOL on Verizon so fast that it became a really rare phone.
31. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
Yeah, the phones they made weren't terrible but they didn't do anything worthwhile and meanwhile lots of other manufacturers were doing a better job.
BTW I'm fine with not naming it RAZR, I thought that 4 letter naming thing was dumb of them. Though I'm also fine if they don't name devices at all, I find it relatively unnecessary.
20. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)
I'm hooked, no Bionic for me, I'm getting this or the Prime, not 100% sold on either one yet but I'll probably get this unless it gets pushed back 4 months like the Bionic.
25. xmguy101 (unregistered)
Well bye bye Bionic!