Motorola Droid 4 to launch on February 2nd?

Motorola Droid 4 to launch on February 2nd?
We’ve been hearing reports about an early arrival of the next flagship for the Droid lineup - the Motorola DROID 4, but rumors spread earlier that the device may be delayed and now there’s even more evidence for that. A leaked screenshot allegedly coming from Verizon’s system shows that the release date of the Droid 4 was moved to February 2nd, 2012.

Now, we have no information what is this related to - most recently Verizon devices like the Droid Bionic have been commonly delayed because of 4G LTE issues, so that’s our best guess here. 

At the same time though this is yet another unofficial confirmation that the Droid 4 is indeed real and coming soon. Expecations for the Motorola DROID 4 list a a 4-inch qHD display, full-QWERTY keyboard, a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and an 8-megapixel camera.

source: VZBuzz via Phonedog


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DROID 4
  • Display 4.0" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor TI OMAP4430, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1785 mAh(12.50h talk time)

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33 Comments

1. dudemanrod

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

dammit!

2. captn3x

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 08, 2011

This is probably going to tick some people off but I'm sort of happy. Resisting this phone might have posed impossible for me but I desperately want to see if the rumors of a the Nokia Ace sporting a qwerty keyboard are true. If this bad boy hits the market with no official word on a Nokia phone with a keyboard coming to Verizon I will be getting this one.

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Ouch! I hope the rumor is false. The D3 was missing some specs that are becoming must-have for high end handsets. The D4 was supposed to remedy the spec-deficit situation. A friend is looking to move off of a BB 9800, and the D4 seemed like the perfect replacement. I think I will just be silent about a February date for the D4.

4. Firedrops

Posts: 254; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

Quite true, and I have a feeling by Feb 2012, many consumers will feel that the D4 missed some specs that are becoming must-have for high end handsets.

5. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The OG Droid line has fallen into the midrange. While the Droid 3 carries the same processor as the Bionic and Razr, it has half the RAM and half the storage. The truth is that since phones like the EVO and Droid X took hold, there isn't a huge market for physical keyboards. So Motorola and Verizon probably can't charge $300 for the Droid 4 and aren't going to devote many resources to promote it. It'll still be a solid device whether they release it now or February, but I don't see them releasing top-of-the line Droid sliders anymore.

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

if it gets delayed until March i probably won't consider it unless it has an OMAP5 & ICS or if i could just get it for free or with a warranty replacement.

9. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

ICS would be great, but I wonder if any upcoming model with capacitive buttons can be considered designed for it. For that matter, what happens to current devices like the Razr? As for OMAP 5...good luck, it's not even sampling until 3Q12. Maybe you're thinking of the OMAP 4470.

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

they still use their capacitive function keys. i was thinking OMAP5 but i thought they would be ready around Q2 like the OMAP4 was last year but oh well.

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

So will they omit on-screen buttons and just keep to the capacitive keys? The ICS multitasking button is a good idea, but I'd rather keep the menu button. The OMAP 4430/4460 is the industry workhorse and will stay that way for the next few months. It's a good all around performer, so why not stick with what works?

14. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah. the multitasking pane is brought up by a long press of the home button like how you bring up your most recent apps now. i know how good the OMAP4 is but i'm always ready for something better. i wouldn't want to get a Droid 4 just to have for a couple of months before an OMAP5 packing device comes out.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Yeah, but looking at TI's pipeline, OMAP5 devices won't be out until Q3/Q4 2012. Just like the OMAP4 wasn't out until mid-2011 when it arrived in the Droid 3. The 4470 will be a nice stopgap platform with its dedicated 2D GPU and up to 1.8 Ghz clock speed. Who knows what Moto might have in the works with that beast.

25. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

actually the OMAP4 line came out way before that in the Blackberry Playbook and the EU LG Optimus 3D. yeah, that's where the OMAP4 will finally meet the Exynos 4210.

27. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

And the Tegra 3 is already out in the Transformer Prime... but I doubt we'll see it in phones for another few months, and much longer than that at Verizon. Had I more patience, I would have waited til next year for an OMAP 4470 phone. ICS will positively fly on that thing.

28. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

oh we'll see. yeah, hopefully the Droid 4 will have said OMAP and be preloaded with ICS. every generation of Droid has launched with the latest version of Android out of the box.

29. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

This is true... Froyo on the D2, Gingerbread on the D3... WHAT IF they pulled back the D4 so they could launch it with ICS? It's not supposed to be ready for the Bionic/Razr until later in the year, but that doesn't mean they can't get it ready for the D4. It's not going to be the 4470 though, not at 1.2 ghz. Sounds like the 4430 to me.

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's what i'm thinking now too. a guy can hope. ;P

31. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It could be the 4460 at most, since that runs 1.2-1.5 Ghz, but the 4470 is 1.5-1.8. Sorry guy ;)

7. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

so a .2ghz bump and lte? Wow, what a jip.

8. Paden

Posts: 262; Member since: Jul 07, 2011

But it LOOKS different and has the LTEEES! :P

12. whiteninjazx6r

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

And better screen, and different cpu (not just speed), and thinner, and could easily have better battery life...ya sounds like a jip to me...lol, you people are hilarious.

13. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Same screen and CPU (albeit upclocked) as the Droid 3, just as thick and bigger overall. Double the RAM, LTE, more refined keyboard.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

and it'll have the water repellent nano coating along with a bigger battery.

19. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Wtf is water repellent nano coating? If you drop it in a pool it's still dead and ive used many past phones in a steamy shower with no issue. It's a gimmick.

20. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

have you dropped one in a pool guy?

21. whiteninjazx6r

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

So your saying that there are tow stages of "wet"? Completely submerged, and steamy humidity? Funny. Take that same, hig-end, smartphone, and not turn your faucet on and hold it under the running water for 5 seconds, including all the ports. Make sure its turned on too...see if yours survives...I doubt it. The RAZR does. Its not water proof, but its good enough. Dont buy a 300 dollars device and use it around a pool. Duh. Your welcome, now you wont have to worry.

16. whiteninjazx6r

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Oh, I thought it was slightly upgraded screen. My bad. Still a good upgrade from the D3 for sure. Ill stick with my RAZR though.

17. mooney73

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

That's right Verizon, keep kicking the can down the road with these releases. Meantime I'll keep plugging away on my OGDroid.. I'd rather forfeit a lapsed NE2 (for a paltry $30) than spend another $270 on phone that features mediocre cameras, dated processors, or yesterday's OS. Because, really, three months from now I'll be expecting something that highlights tomorrow's features, not last September's specs.

18. whiteninjazx6r

Posts: 32; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

And then that'll be outdated the day u buy it...cuz 2 to 3 months later something will make ur phone look like crap...its never ending. I'm perfectly happy with my RAZR. And I will be when ur useless quad core phone comes out...what's the point? All my apps r instant pretty much. Its perfectly smooth...and ill get ics soon enough...these threads have become comical.

22. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

See post #5 above. The OG Droid series is no longer Verizon's premium line. That honor now goes to the Droid X/Bionic/Razr line. If you're waiting for a QWERTY with the latest processor/camera/OS combination, you'll be waiting a long time. The majority of consumers have moved to all-touch phones, so that's what gets the best new components. I doubt the Droid 4 will sell for $300 anyhow. I'm guessing $200-250 because it'll be positioned as a mid-high end phone. If you're looking for a worthy replacement for the OG Droid, I think the D4 will be your best bet - perfected keyboard, fast OMAP 4 processor, LTE, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, and I'm sure it will get ICS along with the Bionic and Razr since they share hardware.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

but...it's a Razr w/ a Keyboard. xD

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