Motorola DROID 4 appears...with LTE support

Motorola DROID 4 appears...with LTE support
With the Motorola DROID 3 just a few months old, it seems too early to even think about the Motorola DROID 4. But sure enough, Droid-Life obtained some pictures of the next version of Motorola's DROID series. This time, the device is said to feature LTE support and a 4" Super AMOLED screen (probably Super AMOLED Advanced, such as the one in the DROID RAZR).

Also, the Motorola DROID 4 will have a non-removable battery, unlike what we heard from a source earlier, and MotoACTV syncing. The rest of the specs seem familiar such as the 5 row QWERTY keyboard, 1080p video capture, back and front-facing cameras, HDMI out. The version of Android installed is a little more current at 2.3.5. Think Motorola DROID RAZR with a QWERTY.

It is way too early to think about pricing ($299.99 with a 2-year pact, perhaps?) or a launch date. Just know that the Motorola DROID 4 is on its way, carrying 4G connectivity and keeping alive the famous name that started the current bout of Androidmania about 2 years ago.

source: DroidLife

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Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Pretty damn thin considering it is LTE and has a huge slide out keyboard. Add 1GB of RAM and confirm ICS in the near future and I just may damn well be sold!!!

75. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'm very, very conflicted because of this leak. If past Motorola beta test leaks are any indication, this phone is closer to release than we think - maybe as early as Christmas. Do I enjoy the ice creamy goodness and HD screen of the Nexus now, or wait for that amazing-looking keyboard?

78. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i'd wait for the Droid 4 but let me tell you ever since upgrading to the Droid 3 from the Droid 2 i've found the keyboard to be less necessary on it's bigger screen. i still prefer using it but i'm good at typing on screen now too so i could see myself going without it now for a good reason. i think you'd prefer the Nexus' higher resolution display and prompt updates myself. o:

72. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Wow seriously Moto? Everything since the D1 & DX has been underwhelming & now the D4 is just a D3 with LTE. What a shame... I loved my D1 & my current DX, but Moto has completely fallen off my radar. There was barely a blip for the remade Bionic & now the Razr.

49. cartersumpter

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

What? No removable battery? I thought this was Android, not another iPhone

70. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I think they are finally wrapping their heads around better battery life and power consumption so removing the extra pieces they can make the phones a little more durable and increase it's water resistance capabilities and well, look how well it's done for apple...people buy it in spite of its non removable battery. I expect this phone to have over 10 hours of use and not just talk to time to warrant not being able to remove the battery. Multi core processors should aid in this, lets hope it gets very good battery life numbers, this better have a good reset function key.

48. ateo

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 09, 2008

This phone looks great! I kinda envy all that live in the U.S of A. Here in Europe I'm still waiting for the Milestone 3 (Droid 3 counterpart) and it seems we may even miss it, since Motorola has canceled it's launch. Now, as the 4th gen. appears, i only hope it will come to Europe. Specs wise it's and upgrade from the Droid 3 just as much as the Droid 2 was an upgrade from the OG Droid. Cheers!

67. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Agree. Sorry your carrier never grabbed it. But the 4 will only have a few upgrades, though they are really good ones. Hope you get a chance to buy the 4, and the wait is not too long for you.

46. bhtooefr

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 28, 2011

At least the prerelease device in those photos does not appear to be AMOLED. It's pretty obvious that the black areas are still emitting light - just like an LCD. That's not to say that it won't be released with an AMOLED display, but that is not an AMOLED display, that's an LCD. Can't tell if it's PenTile RGBW or RGB stripe, not enough detail, there. Unfortunately, I'm not due for an upgrade from my Droid 2 Global until December 2012...

77. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Unfortunately now that I'm taking a closer look at those photos, I think you're right. If you zoom into the app screenshot, you can see the PenTile jaggies, and the screen glow is LCD, not AMOLED. I think that's the same PenTile RGBW screen from the Droid 3 and Atrix. It's not as bad as the Bionic's screen, but RGBW in general doesn't look great.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I really hope this isnt just a "refresh" and they only upgraded it to LTE. Sure it has a super amoled display which is WAY better but I hope they also upgraded the RAM to 1GB.

39. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Sigh. I have my fingers crossed hoping that it will be released in Singapore.

35. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Oh... I've been missing a h/w qwerty and I'm not a big fan of the bigger displays over 4". I wish this were an announcement and not a leak. The Galaxy Nexus I intend to get would be taking a back seat right now. If I hear this is coming with the steel body, Kevlar skin, and Gorilla Glass of the Razr before I upgrade in February I'll be holding off for just a little while longer. Although my gf is already driving me crazy to start upgrading for the HTC Rhyme. (What can I say, the chick marketing worked on her.) The non-removable battery does give me pause though.

36. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

you should wait for this. they probably used the same materials to construct this as they have with the Razr. after seeing that there's no where to go but up with their high-end designs. you g/f should wait for the Vigor. my sister wanted the Rhyme too and i was asking Bob from Wirefly some questions about it and he said that the HTC representative says that the Rhyme's charm indicator will work on the HTC Vigor so i've gotten my sister to wait.

30. snowgator

Posts: 3630; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Easily my favorite Droid phone and way up on the list for fav device out there. I would happily still get the "3" without LTE, the "4" with it is like Christmas in the Summer.

22. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

You people have no kind of business sense at all, Motorola is making sure to put out different types of phones to reach people who want something a bit different. There is a method to the madness, and who says this phone will come out with GB and not ICS? Will the idiots just stop talking as if the phone is ready to be released tomorrow. Even if it does release in the next couple of months with GB, it will obviously be upgraded to ICS relatively quickly. It's a bloody Dual Core LTE phone, sometimes to stupidity on this site far outweighs the sensibility of just pausing for a moment and thinking. Making it a world phone would be up to Motorola, but considering it will be a flagship phone on VZW it will depend. Will the tradeoff work, is it actually pointless to make it a World Phone based on the numbers of how well the last Droid World phone brought in. It's the numbers game, if it's only on VZW then one would hope that D2 World phone sold lots to warrant Motorola putting in the extra radio to support World bands along with LTE and CDMA radios. I'm guessing it might not, extra cost and heft, considering the phone is going iPhone with non removable battery. It might just be CDMA/LTE capable with a World Phone coming out for other carriers not in the US or on a major US network.

40. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Hope it is a GSM world phone though. Honestly the Droid (number) is one of the rare lines which promise decent specs in side-sliders. Other companies seem to think "Oh they like keyboards? That means they wouldn't mind have slow processors, small screens and keyboards(candybar) or crapy batteries." and its VERY annoying.

16. pimpclark

Posts: 12; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Hope they don't screw the phone up by taking away global capability, LTE with global capability would be a first for this cdma network and this phone is mine.

9. ledbetterp3

Posts: 467; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

Wow! qhd, super amoled, 4 inches? were gonna see some good picture here...

52. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, Super AMOLED qHD at 4 inches won't be that much lower pixel density than the Nexus.

7. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

F U Motorola! You always release new phones every month. Why don't you make your customers feel they have the latest even just for couple of months!

11. c.hack

Posts: 614; Member since: Dec 09, 2009

New phones with obsolete operating systems. I heard the Droid 5 will be out in March with ICS and a removable battery. LOL

14. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

i know right? 1st the DROID 3, then the bionic, then the RAZR, and now DROID 4. WTF?? With minimal changes and upgrades. Motorola is a rip off.

17. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Droid 4 probably won't be out until Q2 of next year so they can catch Droid 2 owners coming out of their contracts.

18. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

that will make DROID 3 owners pissed off, like Bionic owners with the RAZR.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

no. i was pissed about the Bionic because it was RIGHT after the 14 days for early adopters that the Razr became big news and the Bionic became outdated. the Droid 3 has had a pretty good life span. it's been out since July-August and we're talking sometime after 2012 that this thing will come out.

27. terabyteRouser

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Yea I'm glad I did get my Droid 3 when I did. Its worth the 6 month life span coming from a Droid Incredible.

51. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I dunno, they might want this to replace the Droid 3 in their lineup sooner than later as more areas go LTE. Also this looks pretty far along in development - it already has its Verizon branding. I'm guessing Q1.

56. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Droid 3 is still a great phone, i'd say just keep it on as a mid-range device when this bad boy comes out to replace it.

57. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Agreed, they should drop the price of the Droid 3 and the Incredible 2 by $50 and cover every price point from $100-300 with Droids.

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