Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola is announced!
Naturally, the DROID 4 is the latest addition to the legendary DROID line-up by VZW, and that alone makes us incredibly excited about it. The phone certainly looks great to us. It's using the same familiar design style of the DROID RAZR, but of course adds a 5-row QWERTY keyboard.
Under the hood, the Motorola DROID 4 will be packed with high-end hardware, including a 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8MP camera. Software-wise, the device is going to launch with Gingerbread 2.3.5 (no tears, please), but will later be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.
As we said, the Motorola DROID 4 for Verizon is going to launch in the following weeks, but a price has not been announced as of yet. We can imagine that it'll ship with a price tag of around $250 to $300 with two-year contract.
Raw power and innovative design empower customers to take care of business like never before
LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – Today at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless introduced the new DROID 4 by Motorola, the thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone offering the power and capabilities to handle even the most demanding lifestyles. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets. The DROID 4 will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) as well as in the Motorola booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #8644).
DROID 4 is deceivingly slim at half an inch thin – packing not only a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark. It’s Business Ready with government-grade encryption to keep data secure. It features software tools such as MotoCast™ for remote access to music, pictures and videos on home or work computers, Smart Actions application to automate everyday tasks and the revolutionary webtop application for a multi-window environment with full Firefox® browser on a larger screen to boost productivity while on the road. An 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and Mirror Mode to display images and video on an HDTV, give DROID 4 users even more flexibility while at work or for play. DROID 4 delivers expected speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas for blazing fast Web browsing, video streaming and online collaboration.
A full suite of accessory options extends the power of DROID 4 and allows consumers to work however they work best. Accessories compatible with DROID 4 include the 10.1-inch Lapdock™ 100, 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with built-in webcam and Ethernet connection, HD Dock, HD Station and vehicle navigation mount.
- Powered by Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass
- MotoCast for remote streaming of photos, videos, music, documents, presentations and more from home or office computers
- 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
- Water-repellent nanocoating for splash resistance
- 16 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity is less); Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ card
- Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access
The DROID 4 by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.
For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go towww.verizonwireless.com.
1. iankellogg posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:33 6 5
This just in, DROID 5 with a quad core processor and nothing else added announced, available in 6 weeks.
3. Sniggly posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:39 0 0
The timing of this is odd, I'll agree. And as long as Verizon keeps charging 300 bucks for its new, high end LTE phones it's going to kill their sales. (Which lends more credence to the conspiracy theory that Apple is the reason for the premium charge). I mean, the HTC Vivid and original Skyrocket DEBUTED with prices fifty to a hundred dollars less than Verizon LTE phones, and their hardware is just as impressive.
6. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:03 0 0
lol, the Vivid and the Skyrocket as impressive as Verizon's LTE offerings at the high-end price tier. ho ho ho, how funny.
13. Sniggly posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:55 0 0
The hardware specs are the same or superior, King. Granted, the RAZR and Nexus are nice and the nexus has Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Vivid could have just as easily been the Rezound and the Skyrocket is also very good.
14. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:01 1 0
the Vivid has qHD vs. HD, 1.2 GHz vs. 1.5GHz and it lacks Beats Audio support and the Skyrocket is bested in every way by the high end handsets on Verizon with the except of SA+ vs. SAA on the Razr.
15. Sniggly posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:32 1 1
On the Vivid: does a higher resolution screen and a 300 mhz bump per core (plus beats audio) really justify an extra hundred dollars in price?
On the Skyrocket: its processor is faster than both the Razr and Nexus, it has more internal memory than the Razr, and it's thinner than any of the LTE phones except for the RAZR. Sure, it's slightly edged out in some regards, but it debuted at 50 bucks less and this week is being sold for a HUNDRED dollars less than the current top dogs at Verizon.
I'm not arguing that the Verizon devices are *inferior* or even *directly even* with the AT&T devices. I'm arguing that the higher price on Verizon is unjustified.
20. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:12 1 0
um yes? xD even so the Rezound got that $100 price deduction today.
it's processor is higher clocked than the Razr and the Nexus but it's not better. classic Crapdragon vs. OMAP here. Razr has 16 + 16 = 32GB, it doesn't really matter that half of it comes with an SD card. this week both the Razr and the Rezound dropped to $200 and besides price isn't really sucn a big factor because you can get better deals other places so if you're debating the better buys then all of Verizon's high-end line up beats out AT&T's but if you're debating about carrier mindset Verizon pulls off the $300 price range because they can.
25. Mr.Mr.Upgrade posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:59 1 0
Lol at&t is to far behind on (Lte) that make me laugh......Next thing you going to tell me is driving a honda is better then a jaguar
4. jwl3429 posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:49 3 1
why do we keep seeing phones released with gingerbread, this is ridiculous!
16. Stuntman posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:37 1 0
Probably because these phones being released now were designed and developed a long time before the ICS code became available. Are you expecting that a phone announce one day after the ICS code is released to be running ICS? Be realistic.
8. Paden posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:06 0 0
So annoying. They release these phones for $299, and they are built around an old version of Android. What gives?
11. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:14 0 0
4.0 IS BARELY 2 MONTHS OLD. it takes time to get it ready for different devices the ways the OEMs want to.
18. Paden posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:14 1 0
Then don't release the phone. It's stupid that they release these devices with a row of buttons that will be obsolete in a few months. I mean, the HTC Flyer JUST got Honeycomb, and some Android devices are still getting Gingerbread rolled out.
It's inconsistencies like this make me weary of a lot of Android devices. It's the Galaxy Nexus or bust IMO.
21. Jimstar posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:14 0 0
You make it sound like the buttons will be dead weight. They'll function just like the on screen buttons on the nexus will, except for search button depending on the application. A device with a 4.5 in screen and those buttons will have a large viewing area than the Nexus unless you're in full screen for a movie, so whats the drawback?
23. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:57 0 0
they're not as cool. xD
7. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:05 1 0
well looks like we have the first Droid in the original lineage to break away from launching with the latest build of Android on-board well no matter, it's guranteed an update and it's still a beast. :D
9. barenstam posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:07 2 0
$200 is the most I would pay for any phone on a 2-year contract.
10. cthunder posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:13 2 0
Agreed! Reason why I wait until the price drops @ least $50 dollars.
12. DROIDX0430 posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:51 3 0
Motorola is getting way-way off point!!!! with their releases. Bionic, Razr, Droid 3 and now Droid 4 all within 7 months...this is getting ridiculous. Like I said before, the D4 could have been the D3 easily because LTE chips were around when they released the D3, but instead they opted for a 3g cdma radio vice LTE. Thinnest QWERTY with LTE, OK, I get it--you said this with the D3--thinnest QWERTY. The D4 will launch for $300.00, and yes be $199.00 a month later, so if you must have it--go ahead and help VW off-set those iphone sales, as Sniggly eloquently put it. I can pretty much sum of 2012---the D5 will probably will be released in June at this pace-in which it will be have quad core....when in fact it can probably run on the same chip as the D2 @ 1.2 ghz single core. Angry Birds, Facebook, banking apps, Pandora all work just fine. Until LTE is fixed, (meaning a seamless connection between 3G and 4G) none of this means nada about all of this futuristic talk
17. Stuntman posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:38 0 0
I hope they improve the keyboard. I did not like the feel of the keyboard on the XT860 (D3) that I tried. The keys were too stiff and difficult to press.
19. Jyakotu posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:15 1 0
This is great for those who want the RAZR, but with a keyboard. Still, that price is NOT the business.
22. squeeb posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:35 1 0
Looks like the keyboard just keeps getting better and better with every gen. Still love my D3 though, the qwerty is light years over the OG.
Probably snag one of these in the summer when the price drops and my upgrade option is available :)
24. KingKurogiii posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:59 0 0
you should do like me and try to do a warranty replacement for one in a month or so. i might trade my Droid 3 for a Bionic though and then trade that for a Razr.
27. pimpclark posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:19 0 0
Although you list this phone as being global the motorola site as well as droiddoes site does not indicate that this is a global device. Do you know something I don't? I hope I you are right and they are wrong.
28. MorePhonesThanNeeded posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:31 0 0
You people still complaining about how many different phones are released? Really? This is a business and to recoup R&D they have to output phone built on their advances found. They need money to supply their R&D for newer and better hardware, that's just how it goes. The Bionic pushed the Droid line off track, which is why it all of a sudden seems like a bunch of Droids coming out in such a short space of time also LTE also changed up the release scheduling. 2010 how many droids were released? The original Droid gets updated roughly once a year, then there are varying Droids released during the year 2-3 months apart. Now 2011, there was the Droid 3, DX2, Charge, Bionic and finally the RazR...how many Droids is that? 5 Droids in one year, not too shabby now is it? From the looks of things in 2012 looks like the Droid 4 will be the last of that phone, as the D4 looks like the RazR but with a qwerty, hmmm nice idea Moto. The Bionic was also supposed to be the replacement for the DX line but seeing as the RazR was definitely the better of the form factors, willing to bet that Moto goes with the RazR's type build for the next DX/Bionic.
Face it Droid needs a a shake up, Droid is getting long in the tooth. RazR will probably become the flagship for Motorola, hence why the D4 looks exactly like the Razr. D4 will become the variant of the Razr. Bionic might get an update and that might revert back to the DX style or the "Targa" styled form factor. Motorola has a winner in the Razr design and other than that the DX is their next best form factor. Now using the know how with the Razr, they could craft a better and thinner DX form factor. This is just my speculation but I don't really see Motorola releasing too many Droids at all, each phone seems to be an upgrade from a previous phone. The original Droid is the only phone that has not been replaced yet. Razr might be the one to take the crown since it is Motorola's emblem of their greatest achievement in the cellular industry.
This looks awesome to me as I am still plugging along with my original DX and looking at what is new on the horizon. No point in upgrading until some better LTE chips are made that are less power hungry. Keep up the production guys, sooner rather than later there will be some advancements that will benefit me. Also I do like King and get a warranty replacement, and when you are on Verizon they tend to have the best type of replacements it's always a newer phone comparable to one you have, if it's a flagship phone. I have yet to pay for a replacement phone while on Verizon, both have been free.