Motorola Droid 4 to launch on February 2nd?
0. phoneArena 22 Dec 2011, 03:32 posted on
We’ve been hearing reports about an early arrival of the next flagship for the Droid lineup - the Motorola DROID 4, but rumors spread earlier that the device may be delayed and now there’s...
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2. captn3x (Posts: 45; Member since: 08 Aug 2011)
This is probably going to tick some people off but I'm sort of happy. Resisting this phone might have posed impossible for me but I desperately want to see if the rumors of a the Nokia Ace sporting a qwerty keyboard are true. If this bad boy hits the market with no official word on a Nokia phone with a keyboard coming to Verizon I will be getting this one.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Ouch! I hope the rumor is false. The D3 was missing some specs that are becoming must-have for high end handsets. The D4 was supposed to remedy the spec-deficit situation. A friend is looking to move off of a BB 9800, and the D4 seemed like the perfect replacement. I think I will just be silent about a February date for the D4.
4. Firedrops (Posts: 233; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)
Quite true, and I have a feeling by Feb 2012, many consumers will feel that the D4 missed some specs that are becoming must-have for high end handsets.
5. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
The OG Droid line has fallen into the midrange. While the Droid 3 carries the same processor as the Bionic and Razr, it has half the RAM and half the storage. The truth is that since phones like the EVO and Droid X took hold, there isn't a huge market for physical keyboards. So Motorola and Verizon probably can't charge $300 for the Droid 4 and aren't going to devote many resources to promote it.
It'll still be a solid device whether they release it now or February, but I don't see them releasing top-of-the line Droid sliders anymore.
6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
if it gets delayed until March i probably won't consider it unless it has an OMAP5 & ICS or if i could just get it for free or with a warranty replacement.
9. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
ICS would be great, but I wonder if any upcoming model with capacitive buttons can be considered designed for it. For that matter, what happens to current devices like the Razr?
As for OMAP 5...good luck, it's not even sampling until 3Q12. Maybe you're thinking of the OMAP 4470.
10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they still use their capacitive function keys.
i was thinking OMAP5 but i thought they would be ready around Q2 like the OMAP4 was last year but oh well.
11. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
So will they omit on-screen buttons and just keep to the capacitive keys? The ICS multitasking button is a good idea, but I'd rather keep the menu button.
The OMAP 4430/4460 is the industry workhorse and will stay that way for the next few months. It's a good all around performer, so why not stick with what works?
14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
yeah. the multitasking pane is brought up by a long press of the home button like how you bring up your most recent apps now.
i know how good the OMAP4 is but i'm always ready for something better. i wouldn't want to get a Droid 4 just to have for a couple of months before an OMAP5 packing device comes out.
23. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Yeah, but looking at TI's pipeline, OMAP5 devices won't be out until Q3/Q4 2012. Just like the OMAP4 wasn't out until mid-2011 when it arrived in the Droid 3. The 4470 will be a nice stopgap platform with its dedicated 2D GPU and up to 1.8 Ghz clock speed. Who knows what Moto might have in the works with that beast.
25. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
actually the OMAP4 line came out way before that in the Blackberry Playbook and the EU LG Optimus 3D. yeah, that's where the OMAP4 will finally meet the Exynos 4210.
27. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
And the Tegra 3 is already out in the Transformer Prime... but I doubt we'll see it in phones for another few months, and much longer than that at Verizon.
Had I more patience, I would have waited til next year for an OMAP 4470 phone. ICS will positively fly on that thing.
28. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh we'll see.
yeah, hopefully the Droid 4 will have said OMAP and be preloaded with ICS. every generation of Droid has launched with the latest version of Android out of the box.
29. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
This is true... Froyo on the D2, Gingerbread on the D3... WHAT IF they pulled back the D4 so they could launch it with ICS? It's not supposed to be ready for the Bionic/Razr until later in the year, but that doesn't mean they can't get it ready for the D4.
It's not going to be the 4470 though, not at 1.2 ghz. Sounds like the 4430 to me.
30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
that's what i'm thinking now too.
a guy can hope. ;P
31. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
It could be the 4460 at most, since that runs 1.2-1.5 Ghz, but the 4470 is 1.5-1.8. Sorry guy ;)
7. downphoenix (Posts: 2975; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
so a .2ghz bump and lte? Wow, what a jip.
8. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)
But it LOOKS different and has the LTEEES! :P
12. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
And better screen, and different cpu (not just speed), and thinner, and could easily have better battery life...ya sounds like a jip to me...lol, you people are hilarious.
13. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Same screen and CPU (albeit upclocked) as the Droid 3, just as thick and bigger overall. Double the RAM, LTE, more refined keyboard.
15. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5691; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
and it'll have the water repellent nano coating along with a bigger battery.
19. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1211; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)
Wtf is water repellent nano coating? If you drop it in a pool it's still dead and ive used many past phones in a steamy shower with no issue.
It's a gimmick.
21. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
So your saying that there are tow stages of "wet"? Completely submerged, and steamy humidity? Funny. Take that same, hig-end, smartphone, and not turn your faucet on and hold it under the running water for 5 seconds, including all the ports. Make sure its turned on too...see if yours survives...I doubt it. The RAZR does. Its not water proof, but its good enough. Dont buy a 300 dollars device and use it around a pool. Duh. Your welcome, now you wont have to worry.
16. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
Oh, I thought it was slightly upgraded screen. My bad. Still a good upgrade from the D3 for sure. Ill stick with my RAZR though.
17. mooney73 (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
That's right Verizon, keep kicking the can down the road with these releases. Meantime I'll keep plugging away on my OGDroid.. I'd rather forfeit a lapsed NE2 (for a paltry $30) than spend another $270 on phone that features mediocre cameras, dated processors, or yesterday's OS. Because, really, three months from now I'll be expecting something that highlights tomorrow's features, not last September's specs.
18. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
And then that'll be outdated the day u buy it...cuz 2 to 3 months later something will make ur phone look like crap...its never ending. I'm perfectly happy with my RAZR. And I will be when ur useless quad core phone comes out...what's the point? All my apps r instant pretty much. Its perfectly smooth...and ill get ics soon enough...these threads have become comical.
22. roldefol (Posts: 4097; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
See post #5 above. The OG Droid series is no longer Verizon's premium line. That honor now goes to the Droid X/Bionic/Razr line. If you're waiting for a QWERTY with the latest processor/camera/OS combination, you'll be waiting a long time. The majority of consumers have moved to all-touch phones, so that's what gets the best new components.
I doubt the Droid 4 will sell for $300 anyhow. I'm guessing $200-250 because it'll be positioned as a mid-high end phone. If you're looking for a worthy replacement for the OG Droid, I think the D4 will be your best bet - perfected keyboard, fast OMAP 4 processor, LTE, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and I'm sure it will get ICS along with the Bionic and Razr since they share hardware.
32. cthunder (Posts: 105; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
Who cares about SAMOLED! For the most part the phone will be in my pocket. I will time for time watch videos, but I will NEVER watch a movie on my cell phone. And if the picture quality is like or better than my OG Droid. Then I will be stoked.
33. whiteninjazx6r (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)
I, as well as many many other, care very much about my phone being SAMOLED. Just like I will want my next phone to have an even better one, even if only a little bit better. Just because you apparently dont use your phone at all, or when you do you close your eyes...doesnt mean we do.