Two new pictures of the DROID RAZR HD leak out

Two new pictures of the DROID RAZR HD leak out
Thanks to a daring poster over at Droid Forums, we now have our clearest idea yet of what Motorola’s next lead DROID device will look like. The DROID RAZR HD will come with an entire backing of Kevlar which wraps around the phone and disappears into the side of the device. Given how popular the premium material has proven and the cleaner lines that result this looks like a winning design choice.

On the front side, along with confirmation of the name, we see the large 720p HD screen with onscreen navigation keys. The corners have a bit of a soft angle to them – reminiscent of the corners seen in the original DROID RAZR, but less obvious at first glance.

The device passed through the FCC last week so hopefully the launch won’t be too far off. During its government checkup it was rocking a 2,530 mAH battery that is smaller than the RAZR MAXX, but is still quite generous; with the S4 chipset it should be plenty to get users through a full day of use. The only apparent downside is that the device has Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich installed, rather than Jelly Bean. This isn’t much of a surprise – manufacturers generally aren’t able to change up the OS in the last few weeks before shipping a product. We would hope for a swift upgrade to the latest version of Android sometime this fall though.

What do you guys think? Anyone holding out for this device?

source: Droid Forums via Droid-Life

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1. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Not sure what to think of this device

2. Retro-touch unregistered

Ugly is the word your thinking of!!!!

4. MingLiangChen

Posts: 329; Member since: Jul 06, 2012

It looks good , I hope the carbon fibre pattern doesn't go symmetrical though. It looks like a phone with carbon fibre sticker on the back.

28. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Its Kevlar bud.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

It's different which is good I think just not sure about the size of the bezels

29. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I agree. The size bezel on my current razr is huge and it looks the same here. The bottom one actually looks BIGGER than the current one. Looks like Moto is moving in the wrong direction. And I hate those on screen buttons!!! GRRR!

52. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

Yh top and bottom bezel look right.. Side just seems tad bigger than they should be... Personally love the builds of the RAZR and MAXX and probably the best built phones out there... Just hated the huge bezels on them.. The RAZR which is a 4.3" device is almost same size as the 4.8" s3...hopefully this phone in person will look much better.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Why? You're not looking into a mirror, it doesn't reflect anything back at you. Or, cuz' it's not made of shatter-proned glass and comes in your two favorite color variations black and Martha Stewart White(tm)?

85. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Ripoff is what I am thinking of as well.

3. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Like it. 2,530 mAh plus 28nm-chip could mean great performance AND terrific battery life. Motorola's first 720p phone and some unique design/material choice. And Jelly Bean will be soon to follow,while ICS isn't' bad.

5. Carlitos

Posts: 671; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that would be awesome. Only it wouldnt be motorola first 720p phone if you mean by the screen resolution.

9. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Atrix HD was their first 720p device.

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

See this is why Moto suffers. Android 4.0.4? Why not have STOCK Jelly Bean then update it with your own flavored skinned Jelly Bean. This is where OEMs fail I think. Nice device but outdated OS.

15. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

this is a leak of a pre-production unit and just because these pictures hit the web today doesn't mean that they're new. Moto's skin is the closest to stock you're going to get and if they've really gotten so far along with it running ICS then i'd rather them just go ahead and release it and update it to JB later. if it weren't so close to a possible launch then i'd say get JB on there and we'll talk.

20. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

It kind of looks like the version of ICS that was released to the non-HD RAZRs, which tends to confirm your pre-production theory. Given how close to stock Android Moto has moved, it should be relatively easy to move straight to JB. But then who knows once the carrier (VZW) gets involved.

23. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, ICS for the Razr was pretty much ready so, so long ago but Verizon held it back. i would imagine that the experience of using this thing should be like using an Atrix HD but on a 4.8" display.

31. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

oudated os? ICS is outdated??????? Are you sleeping and typing on your keyboard or what??

64. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

ICS is still quite nice but technically it is outdated.

18. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

The Motorola MT917 was Moto's first HD phone.

24. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i really meant in the states, my bad for not clarifying that.

27. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

28nm won't make much more of a difference from 32nm because of transistor leakage, so I'd expect most of the advantages here to be from the bigger battery, that said, this phone uses LCD technology, which uses much more power than AMOLED, so I'd say that this phone should have just about the same, if not, a bit more battery than the Galaxy S3, with it's 2100mAh. Personally, I think the V design here is really unappealing, but it's excusable -- Motorola never got looks down that much anyway. And I kinda wish it had a bigger screen, looks 4.3 inches here. As far as OS, I think ICS for now is fine. I really hate Moto for not even announcing this device yet, however. It was going to be this vs. the Galaxy S3 for me, but Moto twiddled their fingers, I'm guessing, because there seems to be no 'WOW' anything here that would warrant longer development times, which isn't bad, but this phone really should've released by now. No reason releasing it after iPhone 5..

33. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"...this phone uses LCD technology..." Are you sure?

35. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Yes. The Atrix HD used ColorBoost, and LCD based technology, so it would make no sense for Motorola to debut this technology for their first next-gen device, then drop it immediately for their flagship. I'm sure ColorBoost will be attached to Moto just like S-LCD is to HTC, AMOLED to Samsung, etc.

41. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

But Razr Maxx was using OLED based display. Anyway, I wish LCD. :)

42. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

there's a chance that they're using an HDSA display to appease the enthusiasts loyal to the renewed Razr brand but it's seeming more and more likely they're more in favor of this ColorBoost technology they're using.

38. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the OMAP4 used a 45nm manufacturing process so yes, the 28nm would make a noticeable difference over other Razrs including the MAXX. AMOLED Displays are indeed more power efficient but not enough to make a device equivalent to one with 430mAh more in battery department. that's nearly a quarter of the Galaxy SIII's entire battery capacity. the looks are subjective. i really like Moto's designs and this is no exception. it's certainly not 4.3" there's shots of it out there next to the original Razr, it's certainly bigger. i'd say it hits the 4.8" mark. if it comes out with everything it's seeming to have then it will be worth it.

45. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

Yes, over the other Razrs, but this phone is not trying to top those phones, it's trying to top the GS3, OX, and iP5 probably. The Atrix HD used Snapdragon S4, with 20mAh less than than the OX, of the same processor, but the battery was worse than the One X by a pretty noticeable amount, so considering that the software was optimized for the phone, the only other thing that could fall on is Moto's manufacturing. Remember, Kurogiii, the Razr Maxx and Razr HD used AMOLED, not LCD, so this is a step-back. Try and use a newer example if you want to compare processors. As far as AMOLED to LCD compared, the Razr will be better than GS3 in battery life, obviously, but when you consider the screen tech, which killed the battery for the Atrix, that 430mAh may as well be cut to 215mah, which adds to maybe 30mins to a but under hour of battery? As far as screen size, my fault, thanks for the correction, but asthetics, well that's subjective, so no real agreement can be reached there. CORRECTION: Razr and Razr Maxx, Not Razr HD used AMOLED.. Lol Moto confuses me with this.

56. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i know that but the original comment you responded to was a statement of Moto's progress versus their past devices. the SLCD-2 display that the One X is equipped with has less battery consumption than the LCD technology the Atrix HD uses. if there's a difference in battery life that's why. yeah but the S4 buries the difference in power consumption from AMOLED to LCD so it really doesn't matter much. the S4 is more efficient with power than the SAA displays of the previous Razrs and the OMAP4 that the Razrs used are nearly twice as big so yeah, there'll be improved battery performance. now how do you project that i wonder? all of my findings about the Atrix HD's battery life are so mixed that i don't really see how you can say for certain. MobileTechReview (one of my personal favorites) says it lasts 30-40 minutes less than the SIII, Phone Arena assures that it gets through the day and Engadget was apparently disappointed with it. another factor you may want to consider is that Motorola uses more metals in their construction and while that does make the phone more durable it also draws more heat than the mostly plastic construction Samsung uses and extreme temperature changes drains batteries quicker so your mileage may vary. i know my Razr gets pretty hot sometimes and that'll drain the battery. i use this really accurate battery app called battery widget reborn and it shows me the temperature and how long the battery has in a persistent notification. my Razr has gotten to 114 degrees Fahrenheit before. that's pretty toasty. enough for it to give me a notification that the phone is too hot.

59. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

No, I wasn't refering to Motorola's older products when I said 32nm, I was simply citing a another common manufacturing process. Remember, Tegra 3 is 40nm, and we don't see much of a battery difference between that and S4, if at all, due to Nvidia's masterful manufacturing. If your saying ColorBoost drains battery quicker, then your just futher proving my point, so thanks lol, and what your saying is that the S4 is more efficient with power, but the Atrix still showed signs of poor battery life EVEN WITH the S4, so which arguement are you making? And once again, I said there would be improved battery performance a few times, but given the hardware choice that I (and apparently you) have pointed out, it all leads to the same conclusion: The Razr HD will not be as power efficient. As far as the reviews, I try not to look at PhoneArena because they will often say the differences between devices are negligible, even though in real life you can observe a clear difference, especially with displays. But there are many more reviewers out there: And of course .. Engadget... Look at more review sites dude. _________________________ Futhermore, your whole rant of metals and plastics helps my arguement so, thank you, but I know that already. The funny thing is, we argued extensively over the Atrix HD, over mostly the same topics. Ever look back and see which arguement surfaced?

62. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Nvidia has their 4+1 method of battery saving but i don't see how Nvidia is relevant here at all. by all logic the ColorBoost and S4 equipped Motorolas should be more power efficient than AMOLED and OMAP4 equipped Motorolas and my Razr lasts the day, in fact the Atrix HD should be at least as good or better in the battery department. the only thing on the contrary is a comment here or there about the Atrix HD having bad battery life and i've found comments saying the opposite too so i think i'm going to go with the ladder group being that the facts back them up. the Razr HD won't be quite as power efficient but that's negligible being that the difference is buried by the larger capacity battery and then some. i don't care to. anyone can start a tech blog. i just go to the more renowned ones, the highly reviewed reviewers if you will. they're good enough for me. now back on subject. there may be a battery bug with the Atrix or something. wouldn't be the first time that's happened but don't act like that's something that generally afflicts Motorola because it's not. Motorola devices are generally just fine with software optimization, they're even serious enough about extending battery life to come up with Smart Actions. Motorola can fix a bug, it's no big deal but as far as hardware is concerned the Razr HD should have noticeably better battery life than the SIII. we'll see whether or not the same bug that may have cropped up in the Atrix HD shows up on the Razr HD. i was merely speculaing as to why the Atrix HD's battery life drains like it does for certain people but not others. maybe it's a bug. i'm not trying to argue with you for the sake of arguing like you usually seem to do with me. you're actually pretty smart but your bias clouds your judgement. the Razr HD has a really, really large battery, like i said before the difference in the SIII's Battery and the HD's battery is nearly an entire quarter of the SIII's battery's entire capacity. i think we can expect it to perform noticeably better than the SIII regardless of screen technologies. now when you start defying logic is when you start assuming that the Razr HD will be like the Atrix HD in regards of it's battery life which may or may not be bad when Motorola has never had any particularly badly optimized software and is using the much more efficient fourth generation Snapdragon. i'm happy to speculate as to why the Atrix may have bad battery life but it's not right to assume the Razr HD is going to be effected by a battery drain issue that's afflicted one device and hasn't even happened consistently it seems. until it's confirmed i prefer to stick to consistent fact.

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