Motorola Droid RAZR HD announced: 4.7-inch 720p screen, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4
0. phoneArena 05 Sep 2012, 13:36 posted on
Motorola just brought the big guns to the game - it announced the Droid RAZR HD, a flagship with a huge 4.7-inch screen with no physical buttons a high-res display…
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28. kanagadeepan (Posts: 892; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
NOT impressed is too harsh... I can say, they are late to the party by two months (too big in mobile tech world today)... Further 1GB RAM for flagship (JUST imagine double-dozen Verizon BLOATS running in B/G) is NOT enough (with S-III already available with 2Gigs)..
It will be better, if it came with JB to impress in sw side.. But MOTOROLA is promising 100$ back if JB doesn't reach it by 2012 end... Yes, now Motorola is step-son of Google... But GNexus-LTE is direct-son of Google and many still have doubt whether GNexus of Verizon will get JB by 2012 end... Everybody knows that BigRED takes more than three months for their own BS tests, before releasing OTA...
If it was released along with S-III 2 months back, the ICS and 1GB RAM blunder can be forgiven, imho...
Again I can forgive them if it comes with unlockable bootloader like Photon Q... But we are talking about Verizon and I am sure GOOGLE/MOTOROLA would have proclaimed it (like they did for Chrome here) at first place, if BL is unlockable...
Once again the saving grace is the BATTERY LIFE + Build quality... WRT specs and s/w --- Sorry
42. ajac09 (Posts: 1480; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Just seems like rehash of last years models. They did a show to show us a better version of last year. I dunno. I dont like the designs . Battery life is AWESOME but right now Id wait and see what comes out before christmas before I dedicate myself to one phone
44. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Yeah, under-whelmed is more my sentiment. 1 Gb of RAM? No wonder the GS III has been putting up the sales numbers it has been putting up.
I wonder how quickly the VZW edition GS III is going to be getting JB? Maybe Sammy could use the Apple judgement to apply pressure on VZW to quickly roll out the JB update once Sammy publishes it?
9. dicemoney (Posts: 57; Member since: 28 Mar 2011)
your not the only one motorola is so far behind
29. jan25 (Posts: 469; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
how so? i am sold the moment i read about the 2500 mAh battery. the s4 is perfectly reasonable since it's very comparable to today's quadcore. i never had a Motorola before but his might be the device. can't wait for the gsm version, maybe with beefed up spec if Motorola is a little generous to the rest of the world
43. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
The Razr HD is fine against today's competition, and there's really nothing wrong with it as is. The problem is that the other Android phone manufacturers are already gearing up to push out their mid-Fall flagships, which will once again overshadow Motorola's flagship, spec-wise. This means that either Motorola will have to labor on through the months with an inferior-specc'd flagship, or they'll have to quickly release a new flagship to compete with LG, HTC, and Samsung that overshadows their own Razr HD, much in the same way the OG Droid Razr quickly replaced the Bionic.
47. jan25 (Posts: 469; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
I haven't heard of a phone that is planning to raise the bar any time soon. Sony's flagship device was very modest and the Note 2 turned out to be a slightly buffed S3. That leaves us with the next Nexus which I am highly anticipating but I am not expecting much spec wise. I do agree however that Motorola is pretty late to the game.
48. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
The LG Eclipse is confirmed to have a quad-core Snapdragon with Adreno 320, and HTC is rumored to be releasing a 5" phone with a 1080p screen.
49. jan25 (Posts: 469; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
LG's new flagship sounds interesting indeed but I can't stand their slow updates and ugly designs. That's just me I guess. As for HTC's phablet I would be interested to see what they will bring to the table but 1080p screen would eat up a lot of power. Am thinking real innovation will be saved for next year.Still, the Razor line will survive 6 to 7 month which is fine.
50. htc_prep (Posts: 303; Member since: 09 Oct 2009)
1. it is a refinement of an already good base product. so in incremental update is reasonable. there are people out there that werent elegible for upgrade but wanted the razr. now that they are elegible they can get the great phone they want with out all off the rough corners that the predecessor has.
2 besides incremental changes allow for EFFECIENT bug fixes and updates with out causing a new infestation.
3. they are owned by Google NOW. but motorola which owned them wholy PRIOR, has a HUGE base of loyal fans so a huge over haul in this turbulent time could be disasterous and while it could bring a new crowd but could turn away hordes of fans. it will be a slow change
2. Yankchef (Posts: 76; Member since: 03 Feb 2012)
Motorola said they would pay you 100 dollars if you had a 2011 motorola smartphone that wasnt upgraded to jellybean and bought one of these products....
How you heard that i have no idea
3. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
"Motorola will pay you Back $100 if the device isnt upgraded to Jellybean before years end." Hmmm... I am impressed with the RAZR MAXX HD. But how much you wanna bet that update wont come till like the last week of December? lol
32. kanagadeepan (Posts: 892; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
Even if it reaches by 31-Dec-2012 11:59PM, I will be happy... But still now VANILLA GNexus of Verizon has NOT yet received official JB nor ETA known... Let alone Razr HD...
5. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
why not?? android as a whole is really coming together and motos line up is just as good as the next period! Now we have sony's line up, motos line up, the galaxy s3 and the Ativ S from samsung, the one series from htc, and even nokia is joining us....... GOOD YEAR for android........ :)
6. Captain_Doug (Posts: 987; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
I'm glad they're moving in the right direction. This phone is less wide than the RAZR yet has a .4" larger screen. That's big stuff. Only thing next is to unlock bootloaders.
10. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
they won't unlock bootloaders but it appears there will be unlocked developer editions that will be sold along side the others.
13. Captain_Doug (Posts: 987; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Which isn't bad, but it's not good enough.
38. kanagadeepan (Posts: 892; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)
First Dev editions are costly... Second, U will never get good developer support if cheap/contract version comes with ENCRYPTED bootloader..
So what is the use of having a limited-edition like unlockable BL phone with very very little custom ROM options????
39. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
you don't know that it won't be subsidized.
7. danny_a2005 (Posts: 155; Member since: 06 Oct 2011)
dual core... mmm im not into motorola... nothing new... we have lots of dual cores.. many brands to chose, so they dont bring nothing new to customers, why would I change my dual core phone for another dual core phone, I'd rather pick up a quad core right??
11. CivicSi89 (Posts: 348; Member since: 23 Jul 2011)
And by all means please tell me how you would utilize that Quad Core? No one needs a Quad Core phone. Thats just for bragging rights. lol
18. Captain_Doug (Posts: 987; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Do you not understand the difference between an OMAP 4430 and an S4? Coming from a 1.2ghz 4430 to a 1.5ghz 8960. That's huge. Literally twice the performance.
19. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
xD that's an exaggeration but yes, it will be quite faster.
23. Captain_Doug (Posts: 987; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
It's not an exaggeration when you look at benchmarks. I agree benchmarks don't translate super well into real world performance but when you're talking twice the benchmark performance, it's definitely a noticeable improvement.
31. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i get 3000s on Quadrant with my ICS powered Razr. S4 devices don't score 6000 and i get 6000 on Antutu and the One X gets around 7000.
45. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
I get around 5500 on my Evo 4G LTE after the 4.0.4 update, so yeah not quite twice, but pretty close.
37. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The Razr gets about 3000 in Quadrant, and the One XL gets in the 5000s. Not quite double.
20. whencatsruletheworld (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
For your info, S4 Dual-core is sooo much better. Better at managing power and already proven to be better than Quad Core Nvidia Tegra-3 or Samsung's Exynos Chip at Benchmarks and everything else!
22. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
it's not better than the Exynos but yeah, it's pretty great.
27. whencatsruletheworld (Posts: 16; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
Maybe. lol. its 3am here in Singapore and your avatar is giving me great chills lolol
30. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The S4 doesn't beat out the Exynos quad in benchmarks, Samsung is always best in class when it comes to processors. I believe the S4 Pro just barely comes out on top in some benchmarks, but that's the Pro, not the regular S4.
8. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well it turns out they did actually announce a MAXX HD but never reveled it's battery capacity. interesting. i will say the Unpacked Events blew the one Motorola did today out of the water. xD
46. Commentator (Posts: 3655; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)
Since the HD has a 2500 mAh battery, I'd hope the Maxx has around 3800.
12. mas11 (Posts: 1034; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
I'm just happy to know my DROID 4 and the RAZRs WILL receive Jelly Bean!
15. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
I am genuinely excited for these phones. I wil be less so if the Razr is priced at 300 like it was last year, but I don't think that will be the case.
Now if only Motorola would do something like these phones for carriers OTHER THAN Verizon, they would be back on top in no time.
17. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
well we know the Razr M will be $99 so it will probably go from that to the Razr HD at $200 and then the MAXX HD at either $250 or $300.
16. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
oh and it appears that i was right about the Razr M being the edge-to-edge display phone. :P
26. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Yes, you have been vindicated. :P
Though it looks like the HDs also have pretty much no side bezel.
I might just get one of these on my employee plan with Verizon.
21. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Not even the S4 Pro? Sigh. This makes me sad. It better have 2 GB RAM... At least match the GS3 in terns of specs. But this Jelly Bean promise is nice, it will be updated within 4 months, or you get $100. Pretty cool. A bit disappointed that it wasn't the S4 Pro, but I guess that is the standard after all. Overall, nice job Moto
24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
i never did really raise my hopes up for that but this is still more appealing than the SIII, especially the MAXX HD with it's undisclosed battery life.
34. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
The only thing that makes the GS3 more appealing to me is that 2 GB RAM. Effectively making it future-proof. Not exactly a deal breaker, but it's still nice to have. The Razr HD wins in pretty much everything else though...
I also expected it to have a different design. I liked that design in the leaks where the Kevlar pattern looked like arrows or v's running down the back of it. This is still nice, but I'm just a bit down-hearted by this announcement.
Pretty sure I'm going to skip this, and wait for the next Nexus. Though, if the rumors are true, I'm probably going to get the Motorola Nexus... So they'll get my money one way or another lol
35. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4271; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
Excuse me, I just looked again and saw that there are 2 different designs... One of which are the arrows that I enjoy, but it lacks the Verizon branding that's on the other one. So I guess that means the international version is going to have that design. That makes it more appealing to me lol
25. Captain_Doug (Posts: 987; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Just 1GB of ram. So it'll handle most everything but is not future proof. Still not a bad phone.
33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5710; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
just because the US SIII came with 2GB of RAM doesn't suddenly mean that EVERYTHING else is suddenly not future-proof. remember even the International SIII has a GB.
41. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
1gb ram is more than enough if the os and apps installed are optimised.
36. hameed1989 (Posts: 47; Member since: 29 Aug 2012)
Razr Maxx is quite something…all those long battery hours…and razr M will be an instant hit
40. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)
i have a gs3 and think this looks like a very nice phone and it comes with 4.1.1 jb onboard which is a bonus