Antenna issues delaying the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD?

Antenna issues delaying the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD?
Earlier this month, Motorola showcased three new RAZRs smartphones that were headed to Verizon - the DROID RAZR M, DROID RAZR HD, and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD. So far, only the DROID RAZR M has been released, but at that time Motorola was saying the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD would be out "before the holidays".

Now we're hearing from sources that both the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD may be delayed due to antenna issues. This is caused not only by the size and location of the antennas, but also since they make contact with the external edges of the device, which can cause the signal to degrade over time as the user touches them.

As you can see by the FCC diagrams below, the placement of the antennas on the DROID RAZR HD (and RAZR MAXX HD) are different than on the DROID RAZR M. Not only that, but their size is smaller.

For example, on the DROID RAZR M, the LTE antenna is located at the top the unit and measures 18.9mm width by 37.0mm length, but on the DROID RAZR HD the LTE antenna is located on the bottom and is only 10.5mm width by 30.0mm length. There is also a difference in size with the Main Antenna, which is used for Voice and 3G EVDO, but the DROID RAZR HD does have a second diversity SVDO TX antenna at the top.

Sources say that Motorola is working to correct the antenna issues on the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD and are still pushing for a holiday release, though it may not make it until after Thanksgiving/Black Friday. We hope that Motorola does the right thing and resolves this, as they don't want another poor-reception DROID BIONIC on their hands.

source: HowardForums (xbernaut)




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DROID RAZR HD
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2530 mAh(16h talk time)
DROID RAZR MAXX HD
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(21h talk time)

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51 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ohh boy..... Not good Motorola, not good at all. Please iron these issues out ASAP.

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

Don't worry about it. Motorola are pioneers in wireless infrastructure all around the globe...if anyone can produce a stellar antenna its Moto!

7. Phullofphil

Posts: 1833; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I can't believe this was even alowed to get this far. You would think they have the experience and know how to foresee this problem with the current design!

22. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Trust me, even if this rumour is true, this will be resolved 'before the holidays' as Motorola doesn't want another BIONIC. Worst case scenario, they can always get Tim Cook to say, "iSorrrryyyy......"

23. ScottSchneider

Posts: 336; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

Yeah... Unlike Apple... Releasing the product and saying its a beta version... At least Moto is trying to get the issue fixed...

2. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

It's kinda ironic since Motorola is known for using some of the best radios in their devices. Now I might just get the SIII or just wait for the Nexus...

3. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

surprise surprise Motorola having another delay...hope is not like the Bionic

8. Aeires unregistered

At least they are fixing it before rolling it out the door. Wise decision, too bad not all companies think that way.

15. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Yeah, I guess some companies have a higher standard of excellence than to cop out and say, "You're holding it wrong."

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well if they delay too much will hurt sales.. a few here already said wil move to buy another device.. soo wise move then Moto..

29. RORYREVOLUTION

Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

No dude, if they release a FAULTY device that will hurt not only the sales but Motorola's rep as one of the best wireless cell phone suppliers ever. Motorola might not have the best software or high end specs, but when it comes to their cell phone radio and signal strength, there is NOBODY better. People will get over a delay, they won't get over having a device they spent 200-300 on and can't even use it properly. You'll be hearing a lot of noobs yell "I'M NEVER BUYING ANOTHER MOTOROLA DEVICE AGAIN!!!" So yea let them delay it. as long as they don't pull another Droid RAZR on us, that is.

42. Hemlocke unregistered

Truthfully, these devices are DOA. If you don't care about unlocked bootloaders and tinkering, you have a much better choice in the iPhone 5 or a WP8 device. If you do love Android, you don't buy a Moto, because they are the worst offender for making it difficult to ROM, and their phones are performance turds.

43. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And the winner for "Doesn't know what the hell he's talking about" today is: HEMLOCKE! You seriously can't think of any reason to buy a Motorola device at all? How about the fact that their battery life is usually excellent compared to other phones, their phones are built like tanks, and have better signal and call quality than competitors? No? All right, how about the fact that on Verizon at least, their software support is pretty good, and performance wise, their phones are really not bad at all. I should know. I have a Motorola phone that I use as a secondary when needed. It does just fine. The only two bits that their competitors beat them on at this point are camera and screen performance. That's it.

10. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Well honestly it's better than knowingly releasing a phone with bad antenna design then tell your faithful that they are holding it wrong and you Apple freaks bow down and said yes Almighty Jobs. If this is true then Moto will fix it because this is the Razr line, not the place holder Bionic. Top of the line means top quality, lets just hope they get a bloody good camera sensor in there, tired of noisy photos.

11. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

hey better safe than sorry

16. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

I have to agree with gallito in part cause I'm waiting for this phone bad, I can't stand the nexus no more. Play it safe sure but I really hope it doesn't turn a mess like the bionic. I won't get a crapsung again! My next choice would be HTC phablet but no sure about hat kind of size yet..

18. Griffin

Posts: 14; Member since: Jan 13, 2010

Another Bionic debacle in the making.....They are going to be late to the show again and the new nexi among other new phones will be out from HTC and Samsung. Even with Google, Motorola continues to shoot themselves in the foot.

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm sure everyone would much rather have a delayed device that has no issues over an on track device filled with problems.

4. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

Maybe Apple is going to fire back with how good their antennas.....oh wait.....

6. drazyw unregistered

Adding this to my "Avoid" list. Reception will suck on these.

9. blade19

Posts: 65; Member since: Apr 29, 2011

It does suck that it may be delayed a bit. But at least, this time, they are acknowledging that it is a problem and trying to fix it as soon as possible, rather than releasing them in its current state.

12. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

I was thinking about getting it by now no thanks.

13. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Motorola, by far has the best radios in their phones!! I really miss the Motorola signal/sound quality I had in my Bionic with my current SG3. Believe me, if a problem exist--they will fix it.

17. trentsinmypants

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 29, 2009

in six months to a year. Anyone remember the keyboard issue with the Droid X, X2, and Droid2 Global?

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

what are you talking about? xD

21. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

I hate to say it, but... it looks like Moto is going to lose this sales cycle. Too many compelling flagship handsets are going to be available before Moto sorts out their 'issues'.

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it will still be a compelling choice in the market. reps only have to say three words about it to get people's attention nowadays and that's "great battery life" that's why the MAXX outsold the 4S there for a minute there if i'm not mistaken.

48. winthorpe

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

Like what? I mean for Android. What's coming soon for Verizon in solid specs competition with the GS3 that can actually take a drop like a phone? Maybe I missed the news on Arena.

14. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

YIKES.

20. theyseemetrollintheyhatin

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

Just release unfinished that's what apple does.

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