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Motorola DROID RAZR HD specs preview

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Motorola DROID RAZR HD specs preview
Back in October of 2011, Motorola and Verizon announced a high-end smartphone that brought the RAZR lineup back to life and paved the way for a number of equally hot follow-ups to be released. The smartphone in question is, of course, the Motorola DROID RAZR, which, back in the days, was the thinnest handset that money could buy.

Fast forward 10 months into the future and we are now anticipating the announcement of the next generation RAZR – the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, as it is being referred to, which will be bigger, faster, and, in a nutshell, more awesome than its predecessor. Now, keep in mind that the smartphone has not been unveiled yet, so virtually all the information that surrounds it is strictly unofficial. However, that doesn't stop us from going over what the rumor mill has been busy providing us with – spy photos, hardware specifications, and the likes. Care to join us?


Design

The Motorola DROID RAZR blew away the competition with its premium build quality and outstanding, ultra-slim design. In fact, with its 7.1-millimeter waistline, it still looks cool enough to make heads turn even though it has been on the market for almost a year. As you might expect, something tells us that the DROID RAZR HD will follow closely in the footsteps of its predecessor. After all, why would Motorola change a working formula?

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD (left) and its alleged European version – the Motorola RAZR HD (right)
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD (left) and its alleged European version – the Motorola RAZR HD (right)

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD (left) and its alleged European version – the Motorola RAZR HD (right)

Chances are that the upcoming smartphone will come with a Kevlar-reinforced body, as it is seemingly confirmed by the leaked spy shots we've been seeing recently, and some fancy liquid-repelling nano-coating isn't out of the question either. Interestingly, we came across a rumor not long ago suggesting that a RAZR HD model tailored for the European market was also being planned. That handset is to have a different pattern on its back cover and a GSM radio compatible with the networks of overseas carriers. However, we will take that rumor with a grain of salt for now.

In terms of size, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD will undoubtedly be bigger and possibly even thicker than the very first DROID RAZR, albeit not by much. Or at least that is what we are expecting since the smartphone will sport a larger screen, according to rumors. Besides, the battery inside it will be of considerable capacity, as the handset's FCC filing revealed.


Display

We've been hearing from here and there that the screen on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD will measure 4.6 inches in diagonal, which, if true, will put the handset in the same size category with heavyweights like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, HTC One X, and the Motorola ATRIX HD. Its resolution will undoubtedly be no less than 1280 by 720 pixels, on-screen keys included, resulting in a pretty high pixel density of 319ppi for smooth, detailed graphics. Rumor has it that Motorola will also use its ColorBoost technology for more vibrant color reproduction. When it comes to display technology, the rumor mill favors LCD over Super AMOLED, so chances are that a traditional RGB pixel arrangement will be used instead of a PenTile matrix.


Processor and memory

Don't expect seeing any TI OMAP silicon ticking under the hood of this beast, folks. The Motorola DROID RAZR HD will most likely have a 1.5GHz, dual-core Snapdragon S4 ticking inside – the MSM8960 that also powers AT&T's ATRIX HD and many other Android high-ends. And that's not bad at all. Despite not being of the quad-core kind like the Tegra 3 by NVIDIA or the Exynos 4412 by Samsung, the fourth generation Snapdragon chips deliver identical real-life performance, as it is evident in our reviews, comparisons, and synthetic benchmark results. There will be no less than 1GB of RAM on the RAZR HD, but the exact figure will become known after its official announcement.

In terms of storage capacity, the exact figure is still unknown, but 16 gigs seem like a reasonable amount for a smartphone of this class. Besides, tipsters hint that a microSD card slot will be present, meaning that users will be free to expand the handset's storage capacity even further.


Camera

Although the initial batch of rumors were pointing at a 13-megapixel camera for the Motorola DROID RAZR HD, we've been hearing lately that the maker is sticking to an 8-megapixel auto-focus shooter with a single LED flash. That isn't necessarily a dealbreaker since 8 megapixels are usually sufficient to produce good-looking images under the right circumstances. Still, we are hoping that Motorola has paid more attention to image quality this time as photos and videos taken with the very first DROID RAZR were good, but nothing spectacular.


Operating system

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has been seen running Android 4.0 several times
The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has been seen running Android 4.0 several times

The Motorola DROID RAZR HD has been seen running Android 4.0 several times

A couple of times when photos of the RAZR HD surfaced on the web, Android 4.0 was what ran on it. Therefore, chances are that the smartphone will launch with a skinned version of Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, with a promise that an update to Jelly Bean will be released in the forthcoming months. However, a set of instructional DROID RAZR HD videos were leaked on YouTube recently. Although they are now down, those who managed to watch them might have noticed that Chrome was set as the default web browser, which is a Jelly Bean trait. Therefore, there is a slight chance of seeing Android 4.1 running on the Motorola DROID RAZR HD at launch, but we suggest that you don't set our hopes too high on this one.


Connectivity and battery life

Just like its predecessor, the Motorola DROID RAZR HD will be an LTE smartphone – that we can say with absolute certainty. Now, it is no secret that LTE handsets tend to suck more power than their non-4G counterparts, which is why their manufacturers outfit them with extra large batteries. The RAZR HD will be no exception as it will pack a beastly 2,530mAh battery. In comparison, the cell inside the Samsung Galaxy S III has a capacity of “only” 2,100mAh. Sadly, a “MAXX” variant of the DROID RAZR HD with an even bigger battery does not appear to be on the agenda for now, according to rumors.


Release date

There is little doubt that the DROID RAZR HD announcement will take place at the Motorola/Verizon event scheduled for September 5. However, don't expect this highly anticipated smartphone to land on the carrier's shelves on the very next day. Perhaps pre-orders will begin soon after the official unveiling, but the first units will probably ship no sooner than October. We should know more on the matter in just a couple of weeks so stay tuned.

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posted on 23 Aug 2012, 05:29 12

1. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Galaxy s3 killer

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:06 7

7. megaSUNNY (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


not so, but the build quality will surely be better than that

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:12 6

19. Ubi2447 (Posts: 131; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


I'm selling my S3 as soon as I get the chance. The thing is so slippery and that home button is so awkwardly placed. I'm used to OtterBox cases but the one for the S3 make it too big for me. I'm just excited to have Moto builds back on the shelves.

posted on 04 Sep 2012, 21:16 1

30. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 466; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


In my opinion, it definitely will be! But right now, there are too many Samsung fan boys to support you on that..

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 05:47 9

2. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3992; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I really hope it's an S4 Pro and 2 GB RAM. Would be a bit disappointing to see anything less than that, just by matching the GS3. And with Android 4.1 out of the box, this thing would be the phone to get, especially with Moto's very stock-like UI. Looking forward to when they unveil this, don't disappoint Motorola.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:42 11

4. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Well we know the build quality will be better.........

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:03

10. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


I too am hoping for those higher specs. You already know they will have excellent build quality. Im more concerned with the camera quality.

On a personal level, I hope more than anything this is a world phone. I need to ditch my iPhone 4S but I need it when I travel.

Im buying this on launch date if its the real deal. We'll know on Sept 5th!

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 14:08 1

22. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3992; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Hopefully Moto works on their cameras, they really need some work.

This will most definitely be a world phone, I would be absolutely amazed if it isn't.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:05

23. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


Very true, Moto has always put their camera quality on the back burner. I owned the photon and my 3MP 3GS had a better camera.

Only reason I have my doubts is because the PA specs dont show GSM radios yet, but that could just be because its uncomfirmed.

Im really excited bout this device, cant wait.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:41 2

3. qwertypoor (Posts: 72; Member since: 09 Jun 2012)


I wonder how long this will be out before a better comes along

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:29

15. troutsy (Posts: 257; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)


Yeah, I hate when technology gets better too.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 06:54

5. zeidof (Posts: 13; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)


I'm waiting for a Ui more integrated to fb, such as what we had on GB,
With 2mb ram it will be SGS3 killer exactly

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:07 3

8. megaSUNNY (Posts: 57; Member since: 26 Jun 2012)


in what way 2mb ram will be useful

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:07 2

11. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


2mb of ram will come in useful when launching his Atari emulator lol

idk why it bothers me so much when ppl cant get their Ghz/Mhz Mb/Gb right. Its the difference between being a thousandaire and a millionaire.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 23:04 2

25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


...HAHAHA!
did you mean to do that? xD

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:45

9. jaoowolabi (Posts: 201; Member since: 07 Jun 2012)


lol i think you mean 2gb.... or not.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 08:02 1

6. kamil (Posts: 115; Member since: 07 Feb 2012)


'10 months from now",sorry man but at that time I will be holding a Sony TX in my hands and if I'm lucky I might have a windows 8 device so too late... Moto u still rock better than samsung

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:20 1

12. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)


You people all think that just because this phone will have better build quality it will be a GS3 KILLER! Well think again because once the GS3 gets JB IT WILL SMOKE ALL PHONES IN PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE. The only phone that will smoke the GS3 will be the Samsung Galaxy S4. And maybe the next nexus devices but they wont smoke they might just be better in a couple of things.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 16:10 1

24. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


the tutorial videos show it running on JB, and it very likely will launch with JB. But that doesnt even matter, the fact that it will have better battery life, worldphone radios and Moto build quality ALONE will make the GS3 seem like a disposable goPhone.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 19:24

27. brandnew234 (Posts: 18; Member since: 12 Aug 2012)


Calm down, it's just cellphones. The iPhone will also have better benchmarks, and the HTC 1080p phablet will also smoke the SGS3, that's what happens with tech, it becomes irreverent. Or at least not cutting edge.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 10:58 2

13. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


Moto won't give you 2 gigs because they don't have to. S III has 1 gig and people buy it.
Moto doesn't want to be first for some reason. They want to be competetive.
The main drawback of their current situation is that they are terribly late.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:09

14. phljcnth (Posts: 264; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


No, not head-over-heels crazy for it.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:29 2

16. Rejeimha (Posts: 18; Member since: 29 Jul 2010)


Considering this phone mostly because Motorola is finally bringing the fight to Apple.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 11:51 3

17. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I feel like this phone was made by the pre-Google Motorola. I bet the next Motorola flagship device will be the best smartphone out there.

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 12:31 3

18. torr310 (Posts: 372; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


Moto, 8MP camera is good enough, but make sure your 8MP produce better picture quality than iPhone 4S and Galaxy SIII. Camera has been your weakest point..

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:46 2

20. huypaulha94 (Posts: 23; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I hope it comes to T-mobile... Like seriously when's the last time you've seen a high-end Motorola phone on T-mobile...

posted on 23 Aug 2012, 13:51

21. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5588; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


Chrome isn't the default browser, it's just preloaded like it is on the Photon Q but i did notice some minor differences in it's build of ICS like the App Drawer included a Favorites Tab and the Text Messaging Icon is the same as on the Razrs.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 05:47

26. Jonathan41 (Posts: 526; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)


New month, new phone. Nice spec but, of course the specs are nice for this late bloomer. What excites me the most is how awesome that Kevlar is going to get in my hand and the on-screen buttons. It would be very nice to see this device with vanilla android jelly bean out the box though I doubt that will happen. I'm sure they'll throw some Moto Blur in the mix. The powerful battery life is also a major plus. Motorola is known for supporting device rooting so I feel like this: if you like flashing roms this is probably the right device for you.

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 19:53

28. 305Bucko (Posts: 506; Member since: 07 Aug 2011)


yes their LONG 1 week history of supporting unlockable bootloaders for 2 devices is great support. #heavySarcasm.

Im jk ;) though. But youre right about the nice specs and also the "Late Bloomer" part. Motorola likes to release their flagship right before the year ends to claim victory over the other manufacturers that launched throughout the year

posted on 26 Aug 2012, 23:22

29. meloth1991 (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


built wise defintly a big thumbs up fr motto!!!! but i still love my s3!!!

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