Motorola DROID RAZR gets a version with HD display and 13MP camera for China

Motorola DROID RAZR gets a version with HD display and 13MP camera for China
Now what's better than the thinnest Android phone the Motorola DROID RAZR other than a RAZR with mightily improved specs. That's exactly what was caught on camera - version with a 13MP camera instead of the standard 8MP shooter, and with an HD display.

The 13MP variant on the left is for China Telecom's CDMA2000 network. It is coded as XT928 and only gets the camera upgrade, while externally it looks like something from the DROID X series, suggesting that it might come to the US as the DROID X3 or something similar.

The real deal is what the biggest carrier in the world China Mobile will get on its not-so-standard TD-SCDMA network, since its RAZR (pictured in the middle) packs both the 13MP snapper and a 4.5" 720x1280 pixels display. We'd wager to say this is pobably LG's True HD screen found in AT&T's upcoming LG Nitro HD, of which we got a blurry photo today.


Chine Mobile's 600 million subscribers will indeed be spoiled with their Motorola RAZR this holiday season, as the rumors are the handset will hit the shelves there before year-end. Google said that the company is uniquely positioned to take on China with Android handsets as one of the reasons for the Motorola buyout, and it wasn't kidding.

via Engadget

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DROID RAZR
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1780 mAh(12.50h talk time)

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56 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol, wonder if they used ardent's link from the other thread. 600 million subscribers eh? not too shabby. Im sure we will find this one in the states in 6 months. We are generally behind Asia when it comes to phone tech. Always have been. If only we had a giant huge profit american company that would push tech instead of use old tech to keep their margins insane.. hmmm..

38. SuperEd

Posts: 132; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

i'm no Driod fan at all. I'm married to WP7. but dang! These specs are impressive!!!! we always get the short end of the stick here in the US of A. Oh well. Always can dream. :-)

2. vishu9

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Get that HD+ 13MP RAZR to the States ASAP...drool..Me wants it!!

3. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I've said it once and I'll say it again - NOBODY here needs a 13 MP camera. Waste. Of. Storage. The screen sounds pretty sweet, though.

5. omarc26

Posts: 360; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Just cuz u said it doesn't mean anything. I used to work in at&t and Verizon before and trust me most people only want the latest stuff. The average joe just walks in and first thing they look at is how many megapixels the cameras on the phones have they think the more the better I've seen it happen many times..because I'm Guessing they like to show off to there friends that there phones have more megapixels than there friends phones? Idk I nvr really understood that. Also another thing I noticed they look at screen resolutions they dnt care if its qhd, amoled or retina display they just look at like 3 different phones and which ever one they think looks better they buy it. They dnt know the difference between qhd, amoled and retina. They just buy the one they like the most. ..

8. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I get that there's a wicked bragging rights streak in the phone world, but where do we draw the line? The OMAP 4 is capable of a 20 MP camera, but that doesn't mean we need 20 MP cameras. The additional megapixels don't add anything to the image quality unless they're matched with a stellar lens and aperture. Inevitably we will see 12, 13, 16 MP cameras on phones, and buyers may wonder why the images don't look any better than the 6 MP point-and-shoot they bought in 2004.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

u know what i love.. when someone tells me what i need.. oh wait.. i dont.. which is why i dont buy apple products. choice is key. the free market will decide what we do and dont need. many digital cameras are 13mpx and up now. why should a phone camera be any different? I would be happier if they announced a real camera lens and aperture over a bigger mpx number though.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

We don't need $200 13 MP digital cameras either. It's just the inevitable "bigger is better" phenomenon. It made sense when things were actually _getting_ better, like processor speeds, screen resolutions, HDTVs, etc. But I think (non-professional) cameras are one area where they maxed out at 8 MP and now they're just playing the buying public. My dad upgraded from a 6 MP to 12 MP camera, and the only noticeable difference is that the pictures take up more drive space. Hooray for progress.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

again, the camera improvements that you look for are parts and software, not megapixels. higher MPX is nice, but its not the most important thing. if your dad didnt buy a top end camera, more than likely he got what he already had+a larger file size. its the parts where you say "we dont need" that get me. u are generalizing everyone based on your needs. u have no idea what i need or what bob down the street needs. let them put it out, and if the free market wants it, it will be a success.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I think it sets a bad precedent though. Suppose the Droid Razr had included the 13 MP camera. It then goes on to sell phenomenally well, but not because of the size of its megapixels, because of the rest of the phone. But now the market looks at it and says "well, people must want a super-thin phone with a 13 MP camera". Because we don't yet have phone-sized lenses and apertures to produce good 13 MP pictures - especially in low-light - the next generation of high-end phones has mediocre photo quality. This is a case where I think Apple has the right idea. They didn't push out an 8 MP camera until they were confident the rest of the camera hardware would support it. They may not give us everything we need, but they generally don't give us things we DON'T need.

19. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the tech is there, the phone companys dont use it. Nokia has consistently stellar phone cameras for their high end because they use higher end parts. zeiss lens and bigger apertures. Which nokia uses a 12mpx camera with high end equipment? the N8? The i4s has an improvement in camera parts, but its quality is only marginally better at best compared to the sgs2 and others.

22. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

remix, like so many things, i think you just dont get it. we dont need it because it offers no actual improvement. its actually a step back, because for the same image quality, the files take up more space. unless the sensors improve vastly, there is absolutely no need for anything over 8mp (or even over 5mp) on a phone. you could really only tell the difference if you PRINTED a poster of the image, in which case the quality of any phone camera would not look good.

23. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

The Galaxy Nexus' 5mp snapper blows compared to the 8mp in the GS2; sometimes upping the mp brings forth changes/improvements to the lenses/color prod'n etc which u normally wudn't see until an "upgrade" ie 8mp -> 13mp. No one's gonna bother changing their 5mp camera just to please a few enthusiasts, but they will bring forth new camera tech in order to attract newer customers.

28. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

And you know the Nexus' camera sucks from experience or are you just talking crap?

24. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you do realize, you just agreed with me.. right?? lol. maybe u should reread my statement. the ONLY part i took issue with is the "we dont need" part. and i will always take issue with that as the free market decides what we need, not some arbitrary person's PoV. Let them put it out to market and then we shall see. if the camera quality isnt improved, then the market will not buy it. If the market sees an improvement then it will.

26. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Has the market seen improvement in the move from 5 MP to 8 MP? In general I mean, not one particular phone vs. another. I've seen many reviews on PA and Cnet where the image quality is pretty much the same. The industry didn't shift to the current 8 MP standard because people saw improvement. The shift may have been *despite* no improvement. My original comment is my knee-jerk reaction to people clamoring for 13 MP without caring if it's a good camera. I don't want to see 13 MP phones become the new standard when the 8 MP phone still hasn't been perfected.

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there has been moderate improvement. the biggest improvements come in the form of better compression, higher FPS when doing video and the switch to 1080p capability, for most of them. Nokia pushed that while using superior camera parts at the same time, which is why people swear by the N8.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

None of those improvements you listed have anything to do with the number of MP in the sensor. Good image compression and the ability to record 1080p video at 60 fps are software/CPU functions. It's only with the current crop of dual-core phones that we finally have the processing power to record HD video. A really good 2-3 MP sensor would be enough, but you won't find a dual core phone with less than 5 MP.

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I challenge you to give me examples wherein someone NEEDS a 13 MP camera in their phone.

31. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

what\'s you problem? if someone need it, let it be. I need it. Not your business. I\'m happy like hell with my 12 mpx N8 because I use his camera a lot. If Nokia, samsung, Motorola, htc or the others have a technology and proper camera modules...why shouldn\'t they use them?

32. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Because the other manufacturers *don\'t* have proper camera modules. They seem to think they can slap in a high-pixel density sensor and market it as an improvement. I see review after review where photos have poor low-light quality, washed out colors, etc. I understand that your N8 is different. (Here in the US, Nokia smartphones haven\'t been available, so I tend to ignore Nokia.) I just don\'t understand this constant drive for higher # MP when in the case of most phones, it contributes nothing to image quality and may actually makes it worse.

41. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

rolde, I dont have an N8, i have an SGS1 which uses a 5mpx camera. I havent owned a nokia phone in quite a while since i live in FL. That doesnt mean we cant give credit where credit is due.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i challenge you to tell my why i would never ever ever need it. you keep telling me what I need.. that is my issue. if i feel i need a 30mpx camera, who are you to say I dont? Its my money. I earned it. I can spend it however i want. Most of us dont NEED a lot of things.. cable TV, 2 cars, a car thats stronger than a Geo metro... a car at all.. .cell phones that do more than call, nice clothes, hair cuts.. We dont NEED any of that. But we have the CHOICE to get it. Thats the point.

37. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

youre just being contrary. consumers dont voice their 'needs' with their purchases. especially when we are talking about one spec of one part of a smartphone. its not as if there are several galaxy nexus devices with different MP cameras coming out. i have a droid X, but dont at all need an 8MP camera. it just doesnt work like that.

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lol aye, the only reason you are in this fight is because u have been trying to find a reason to contradict me on multiple threads.. congrats, here ya go. your still wrong. people very much voice their needs with purchases. that is the whole concept of the free market. what the market wants, will survive, what the market doesnt want gets thrown by the wayside. maybe take an economics class?

44. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

people want high end smart phones (and most dont need them), so they buy them. they tend to have absurdly high megapixel counts on their cameras. drawing a direct correlation between those purchases and need for high megapixel count would surely get you a failing grade in any econ class. manufacturers throw the higher mp cameras on as a selling point. it is widely documented how absurd the public's misunderstanding of megapixel count and how it effects picture quality. again, misunderstanding does not convey need. and, a vast majority of pictures and video taken on a cell phone will never reach any format larger than maybe a 23" monitor. like i said in my first post, the NEED for 8MP over 5 would only be seen in printing a poster sized image (the difference in 13MP would take you to the size of a door). so, please, mr. econ, explain how any of that points to need.

52. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

umm.. you do realize that to view a picture on a 23 inch monitor full screen without any jaggies your going to need an 8mpx camera or bigger.. :)

57. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

a 1080p resolution is 1,920x1,080, which is just over 2 million pixels. do you know of some 23 inch monitor with a higher res than 1080p? how would you need 8 million pixels or more?

18. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Ikingtrust we just got rid of taco dont try and fill in his shoes.

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yet, im not the one trolling threads trying to find negative things to say. burn any ants with a magnifying glass lately? geesh.

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