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Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola is announced!

Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola is announced!
Verizon has just announced the long-awaited and heavily-rumored Motorola DROID 4 - marketed as the thinnest LTE smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard! Available sometime in the coming weeks, let's see what else that monster of a phone has to offer.

Naturally, the DROID 4 is the latest addition to the legendary DROID line-up by VZW, and that alone makes us incredibly excited about it. The phone certainly looks great to us. It's using the same familiar design style of the DROID RAZR, but of course adds a 5-row QWERTY keyboard.

Under the hood, the Motorola DROID 4 will be packed with high-end hardware, including a 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 8MP camera. Software-wise, the device is going to launch with Gingerbread 2.3.5 (no tears, please), but will later be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.

As we said, the Motorola DROID 4 for Verizon is going to launch in the following weeks, but a price has not been announced as of yet. We can imagine that it'll ship with a price tag of around $250 to $300 with two-year contract.

Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola is announced!
Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola is announced!

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posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:33 6

1. iankellogg (Posts: 155; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)

This just in, DROID 5 with a quad core processor and nothing else added announced, available in 6 weeks.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:39

2. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1743; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


posted on 10 Jan 2012, 11:08

26. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

Sad, but probably true.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:39

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

The timing of this is odd, I'll agree. And as long as Verizon keeps charging 300 bucks for its new, high end LTE phones it's going to kill their sales. (Which lends more credence to the conspiracy theory that Apple is the reason for the premium charge). I mean, the HTC Vivid and original Skyrocket DEBUTED with prices fifty to a hundred dollars less than Verizon LTE phones, and their hardware is just as impressive.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:03

6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

lol, the Vivid and the Skyrocket as impressive as Verizon's LTE offerings at the high-end price tier. ho ho ho, how funny.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:55

13. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

The hardware specs are the same or superior, King. Granted, the RAZR and Nexus are nice and the nexus has Ice Cream Sandwich, but the Vivid could have just as easily been the Rezound and the Skyrocket is also very good.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:01 1

14. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

the Vivid has qHD vs. HD, 1.2 GHz vs. 1.5GHz and it lacks Beats Audio support and the Skyrocket is bested in every way by the high end handsets on Verizon with the except of SA+ vs. SAA on the Razr.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:32 1

15. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

On the Vivid: does a higher resolution screen and a 300 mhz bump per core (plus beats audio) really justify an extra hundred dollars in price?

On the Skyrocket: its processor is faster than both the Razr and Nexus, it has more internal memory than the Razr, and it's thinner than any of the LTE phones except for the RAZR. Sure, it's slightly edged out in some regards, but it debuted at 50 bucks less and this week is being sold for a HUNDRED dollars less than the current top dogs at Verizon.

I'm not arguing that the Verizon devices are *inferior* or even *directly even* with the AT&T devices. I'm arguing that the higher price on Verizon is unjustified.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:12 1

20. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

um yes? xD even so the Rezound got that $100 price deduction today.

it's processor is higher clocked than the Razr and the Nexus but it's not better. classic Crapdragon vs. OMAP here. Razr has 16 + 16 = 32GB, it doesn't really matter that half of it comes with an SD card. this week both the Razr and the Rezound dropped to $200 and besides price isn't really sucn a big factor because you can get better deals other places so if you're debating the better buys then all of Verizon's high-end line up beats out AT&T's but if you're debating about carrier mindset Verizon pulls off the $300 price range because they can.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 22:59 1

25. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)

Lol at&t is to far behind on (Lte) that make me laugh......Next thing you going to tell me is driving a honda is better then a jaguar

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 13:49 3

4. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)

why do we keep seeing phones released with gingerbread, this is ridiculous!

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:37 1

16. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

Probably because these phones being released now were designed and developed a long time before the ICS code became available. Are you expecting that a phone announce one day after the ICS code is released to be running ICS? Be realistic.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:01

5. cthunder (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Who says gingerbread will be on this phone.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:06

8. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

So annoying. They release these phones for $299, and they are built around an old version of Android. What gives?

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:14

11. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

4.0 IS BARELY 2 MONTHS OLD. it takes time to get it ready for different devices the ways the OEMs want to.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:14 1

18. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)

Then don't release the phone. It's stupid that they release these devices with a row of buttons that will be obsolete in a few months. I mean, the HTC Flyer JUST got Honeycomb, and some Android devices are still getting Gingerbread rolled out.

It's inconsistencies like this make me weary of a lot of Android devices. It's the Galaxy Nexus or bust IMO.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:14

21. Jimstar (Posts: 259; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

You make it sound like the buttons will be dead weight. They'll function just like the on screen buttons on the nexus will, except for search button depending on the application. A device with a 4.5 in screen and those buttons will have a large viewing area than the Nexus unless you're in full screen for a movie, so whats the drawback?

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:57

23. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

they're not as cool. xD

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:05 1

7. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well looks like we have the first Droid in the original lineage to break away from launching with the latest build of Android on-board well no matter, it's guranteed an update and it's still a beast. :D

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:07 2

9. barenstam (Posts: 6; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

$200 is the most I would pay for any phone on a 2-year contract.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:13 2

10. cthunder (Posts: 125; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)

Agreed! Reason why I wait until the price drops @ least $50 dollars.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 14:51 3

12. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

Motorola is getting way-way off point!!!! with their releases. Bionic, Razr, Droid 3 and now Droid 4 all within 7 months...this is getting ridiculous. Like I said before, the D4 could have been the D3 easily because LTE chips were around when they released the D3, but instead they opted for a 3g cdma radio vice LTE. Thinnest QWERTY with LTE, OK, I get it--you said this with the D3--thinnest QWERTY. The D4 will launch for $300.00, and yes be $199.00 a month later, so if you must have it--go ahead and help VW off-set those iphone sales, as Sniggly eloquently put it. I can pretty much sum of 2012---the D5 will probably will be released in June at this pace-in which it will be have quad core....when in fact it can probably run on the same chip as the D2 @ 1.2 ghz single core. Angry Birds, Facebook, banking apps, Pandora all work just fine. Until LTE is fixed, (meaning a seamless connection between 3G and 4G) none of this means nada about all of this futuristic talk

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 15:38

17. Stuntman (Posts: 839; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)

I hope they improve the keyboard. I did not like the feel of the keyboard on the XT860 (D3) that I tried. The keys were too stiff and difficult to press.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 16:15 1

19. Jyakotu (Posts: 854; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

This is great for those who want the RAZR, but with a keyboard. Still, that price is NOT the business.

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:35 1

22. squeeb (Posts: 99; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Looks like the keyboard just keeps getting better and better with every gen. Still love my D3 though, the qwerty is light years over the OG.

Probably snag one of these in the summer when the price drops and my upgrade option is available :)

posted on 09 Jan 2012, 17:59

24. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

you should do like me and try to do a warranty replacement for one in a month or so. i might trade my Droid 3 for a Bionic though and then trade that for a Razr.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:19

27. pimpclark (Posts: 12; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)

Although you list this phone as being global the motorola site as well as droiddoes site does not indicate that this is a global device. Do you know something I don't? I hope I you are right and they are wrong.

posted on 10 Jan 2012, 12:31

28. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

You people still complaining about how many different phones are released? Really? This is a business and to recoup R&D they have to output phone built on their advances found. They need money to supply their R&D for newer and better hardware, that's just how it goes. The Bionic pushed the Droid line off track, which is why it all of a sudden seems like a bunch of Droids coming out in such a short space of time also LTE also changed up the release scheduling. 2010 how many droids were released? The original Droid gets updated roughly once a year, then there are varying Droids released during the year 2-3 months apart. Now 2011, there was the Droid 3, DX2, Charge, Bionic and finally the RazR...how many Droids is that? 5 Droids in one year, not too shabby now is it? From the looks of things in 2012 looks like the Droid 4 will be the last of that phone, as the D4 looks like the RazR but with a qwerty, hmmm nice idea Moto. The Bionic was also supposed to be the replacement for the DX line but seeing as the RazR was definitely the better of the form factors, willing to bet that Moto goes with the RazR's type build for the next DX/Bionic.

Face it Droid needs a a shake up, Droid is getting long in the tooth. RazR will probably become the flagship for Motorola, hence why the D4 looks exactly like the Razr. D4 will become the variant of the Razr. Bionic might get an update and that might revert back to the DX style or the "Targa" styled form factor. Motorola has a winner in the Razr design and other than that the DX is their next best form factor. Now using the know how with the Razr, they could craft a better and thinner DX form factor. This is just my speculation but I don't really see Motorola releasing too many Droids at all, each phone seems to be an upgrade from a previous phone. The original Droid is the only phone that has not been replaced yet. Razr might be the one to take the crown since it is Motorola's emblem of their greatest achievement in the cellular industry.
This looks awesome to me as I am still plugging along with my original DX and looking at what is new on the horizon. No point in upgrading until some better LTE chips are made that are less power hungry. Keep up the production guys, sooner rather than later there will be some advancements that will benefit me. Also I do like King and get a warranty replacement, and when you are on Verizon they tend to have the best type of replacements it's always a newer phone comparable to one you have, if it's a flagship phone. I have yet to pay for a replacement phone while on Verizon, both have been free.

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