Verizon to launch Motorola DROID RAZR HD and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD on October 18th

Verizon to launch Motorola DROID RAZR HD and Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD on October 18th
You can't get any more official than this even if Verizon CEO Dennis Woodside told this to your face. Verizon  will be launching the eagerly awaited Motorola DROID RAZR HD and the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD on October 18th. The former will come with 16GB of native storage and can be purchased in black or white for $199.99 with a signed two-year contract. The 32GB Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available in Henry Ford's favorite color (black) and will run you $299.99, also on contract.

Outside of that tremendous battery life on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, which allows you 32 hours of talk time, and the slightly larger girth on that model, the two phones share the same specs. The pair each comes with a 4.7 inch Super AMOLED screen with resolution of 720 x 1280 which works out to a 312ppi pixel density. Guess what's under the hood? You got it! A dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor as the Adreno 225 GPU crunches graphics. 1GB of RAM is on board and there is a 32GB capacity microSD slot. Motorola has been working hard to improve its Achilles Heel which are its cameras. There is an 8MP shooter on back that captures video in 1080p at 30fps while the 1.3MP front-facing shooter does the usual self portraits and video chat. The DROID RAZR MAXX HD has that 3300mAh cell which goes longer this time around. The DROID RAZR HD has a perfectly good 2530m battery. Both models will launch with Android 4.0.4 installed with an upgrade to Android 4.1 scheduled.

The latest DROIDs will be the first to have a HD screen, something that long time fans of the line have been waiting patiently for. The long battery life of the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX should bring in some sales, but can either of these models compete with the Samsung Galaxy S III or the Samsung GALAXY Note II? Considering that Motorola is now a wholly owned Google subsidiary, these two might be considered late to the party and a tad underwhelming. That doesn't mean that there won't be some buyers running over to Big Red next Thursday.

source: Verizon

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DROID RAZR HD
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 2530 mAh(16h talk time)
DROID RAZR MAXX HD
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(21h talk time)

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63 Comments

1. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

I was in love with this phone at the annoucement, but it's died down alot. The only thing interesting to me is the battery life, but everything else pales in comparison to some of the competition. Including the GS3, which has been out for a while. Descisions, descisions.

9. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I think Xperia T is better than galaxy S3..

47. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Nope, Note II is better than all of the above said.... why? Thats the only phone shipping with jelly bean out of the box right now. with a beefed up 3100 battery. Oh, Did i just forget to mention the stylus?!?!

53. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

Note 2 is a great smartphone but the exynos in it sucks to the core.. :-( (I didn't meant performance wise, I hate it because of documentation issues). Xp.T is better as it have a Snapdragon SoC.. Btw..I love omAp..!

2. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Oh yes, definitely getting the Razr Maxx HD, that battery life alone is worth the price of admission. Was going to go for the Galaxy Note II but it's 6.6 hour rating had me hurting in the stomach area as I didn't want to stomach such horrid battery life, the Galasy S3 is the same, battery life is terrible as well. Motorola also wised up and put in SD card slot, talk about storage on the go, oh yea. Not to happy about ICS launching on it, but it should get JB in a couple of months if not sooner, I hope. Wished Motorola would have went with 720p SLCD screen instead of the SAmoled, amoled is good and all but oversaturation of colors is not what I like to see and it's power savings are squandered because white is the one color that it uses the most power to display and all website tend to be more white than any other color. Best thing is the Qualcomm chip, it shows greater power consumption, especially considering this new more powerful Razr version gets 9+ hours of talk time on the same battery size...Go Motorola!!!

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

"Was going to go for the Galaxy Note II but it's 6.6 hour rating had me hurting in the stomach area as I didn't want to stomach such horrid battery life, the Galasy S3 is the same, battery life is terrible as well." Ummm isnt that why the GS3 and Note 2 HAVE REMOVABLE BATTERIES?? or did you forget that? But besides that the comparison that Daniel P just did on the Note 2 and iphone 5 showed that the Note 2 had pretty good batter life so i dont know what you're talking about man..... As for these Moto's? I agree with you on they should of put S LCD on there instead of garbage amoled.......Its like why worry about power consumption or battery life on A RAZR MAXX PHONE!? but overall I too see no reason to get this phone other than huge stock battery alone.......the competition pretty much has been having these specs for quite some time now (One X, GS3, Evo 4g lte,Lg optimus 4x Hd) So unless you're with verizon and dont really care too much about motos not so good cams then there are really better options out there to consider and also better options making there way out in the near future

16. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

I don't like carrying extra anything on me, I'm a guy who travels light, whatever fits in my pockets goes with me, I'm not a shoulder bag wearing metro dressing socialite. I'm a guy who plays sports, and works out 5 days a week. I also find that extra batteries require more pieces that only work with said battery type. The Note II battery life is listed as 6 hours on this site, that's pretty terrible for a phone of that size, the upcoming HTC 5 incher has an even smaller battery than the the Razr which is madness and I think it's running the Quad Core Snapdragon...plus the battery is non removable. I like Motorola's phone builds, they're pretty tough I have a Droid X and I have dropped that quite a few times on concrete not even carpet and a few times on asphalt. I also want to test out my very first sealed battery phone and this is the one to get, it has upsides; 720p screen, 4.7" viewing space, comfortable shape(anything slightly less wide as the SGS3 body, not screen is good). I'm not a fan of UI overlays, and Motorola's is the closest to vanilla Android as any UI out of the big Android OEM's. Worry about battery consumption is always the case, no matter how big a battery is, you can run out of power and considering the length of time needed to charge a Maxx to full...half charging will damage your battery leading to the same old situation of needing to carry a charge cable or extra battery. Take nothing for granted is what I live by when it comes to battery life on portable devices. Sure there are lot of nicer looking phones, but they all still pale in comparison when it comes to having a phone that will last the day and still not be on it's last legs. Dual Core snapdragon LTE combo does bode well for power consumption, 720p screen just like the other top phones the 1GB of RAM is a bit paltry but ICS is a DUAL CORE OS at it's core so it should perform admirably. Main thing this phone is still a work of engineering marvel just the compact size for such massive battery and such long talk time 32 hours? Lol, I would seriously like to see if that is even possible. It won't be my last phone, but it will be a start as after this I will definitely get a NEXUS.

18. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

I mean being that the GS3 and Note 2, once again, HAS REMOVABLE BATTERIES, you have options (with an "s") to carry two batteries (stock battery and a larger one), or carry ONE large battery (possibly the same size as a razr maxx one?), in the phone! Those options are YOUR choice! Heres a link to the extended battery so you can see whats available....Now if this size battery doesnt fit your needs then i dont know what to tell you bro.. and also CHECK OUT THE PRICE ITS GOING FOR!! http://www.ebay.com/itm/EXTENDED-4500mah-Battery-Charger-for-Samsung-Galaxy-SIII-S3-i9300-T999-i535-L710-/271031883151?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item3f1ac2558f

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

also sorry i didnt notice that you mentioned that you'd rather the Razr for toughness and build quality.....well I couldnt agree more in that area, but if thats one of your main priorities then yea moto would be a better option than samsung because their build qualities are no where near as good as Moto or HTC phones....

51. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

My lady has the GS3, very nice phone but don't like the build quality and the easily pop off rear upon impact with floors. Plus Samsung did something screwy with the OS so it's a pain to connect to certain versions of Windows PC. Windows 7 on the netbook has incredible problems with SGS3 in Mass Storage mode and all other modes that worked perfectly fine with the SGS1. Scratching my head over some of the releases from Motorola, but lets hope in the next year they really put out some real cutting edge devices that match their progress in battery advancements.

20. androiddownsouth

Posts: 598; Member since: May 02, 2012

The upcoming HTC 5" phone supposedly will rock a 2500 mah battery based on last spec leak on this site, so while it is smaller than the MAXX, it is larger than the RAZR. Those are two different phones so be specific. If the new HTC phone winds up a Nexus device and has a microSD slot, it will be the best imo.

12. jan25

Posts: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

the Note 2 is among the performers when it comes to battery. talk time is 17 hours not 6. the S3 has a high endurance rate. what a troll.

42. BabyWade

Posts: 43; Member since: Jun 12, 2012

3. MotorolaAndroidIndonesia

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Shame on you, Phone Arena. Before Phone Arena says "Antenna issues delaying the Motorola DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD?" (Link =http://www.phonearena.com/news/Antenna-issues-delaying-the-Motorola-DROID-RAZR-HD-and-RAZR-MAXX-HD_id34999). Now in you face, Phone Arena. Motorola make Phone Arena shame on you because Motorola will launch Motorola Droid Razr HD and Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD on October 18, 2012. Haha...

6. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

This could still be the case. Motorola could just release the phone instead of fixing it and then the burden will be on you. Look back at the Thunderbolt by HTC. A half cooked phone with numerous issues causing a delay, but the phone was released and the customer was the one holding the bag and a crippled phone...so this could be the case, however, it would be a first from Motorola, since I know of no phone manufacturer that uses better radios than Motorola. They know radios at Motorola (now as for cameras they have a lot of work to do. Before I buy, I will definately look at the camera quality. My cell has replaced my digital camera and a ton of other things around the house to include internet and landline phone. So a good camera regardless of dual core, maxx battery, jellybean, all play in my decision making.

4. johnriii

Posts: 248; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I don't upgrade until next July, and the Razr HD is right in my financial wheelhouse. HTC has gotten my money for the last time, and I can't wait to see the prices on both handsets come mid-summer. hopefully, the reviews will hold up to the hype.

5. MotorolaAndroidIndonesia

Posts: 24; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Verizon announced moments ago that the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD are launching October 18 for $199 and $299, respectively. We first reported this date a few days ago, but now it’s officially official. For those of you waiting to get the latest and greatest from Motorola, you will have your opportunity in a week. The regular RAZR HD will have 16GB of internal storage and come in both black and white color options. The RAZR MAXX HD will have 32GB of internal storage and is only available in black.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Despite Motorola's issues, I'm willing to give them another shot with the Maxx HD. *evilly plotting to get the Maxx HD on an employee plan and giving my Note to my friend* This especially comes in the face of my revised lifestyle. Due to the second job I've picked up, I'll be up and out for 12 hours two days a week and 15 hours on another. The Note is a nice phone, but I really would like that extra battery life (and durability). Plus, with Samsung still mum on whether the US Note will get JB at all, and with Motorola pinky swearing that they'll have JB on these phones in only two months, I think I'll take the phone more likely to allow me to showcase Google Now as soon as possible.

10. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

LOL moto is definitely "pinky" swearing! lmaoooo

11. marions

Posts: 13; Member since: May 19, 2012

Careful. Motorola does not support their phone with updates. Already been burned by this. Never again! Plus, getting tired of monster phones.

13. rb68

Posts: 27; Member since: Apr 23, 2010

I'd blame Verizon more than I'd blame Motorola, the pattern is there regardless of which manufacturer you look at.

14. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

With the glaring exception of the Tegra 2 devices, that's mostly untrue. Only a few models have been left completely in the dust.

34. wendygarett unregistered

Tired of monster phones?? Lol why??

63. Randy

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

I agree completely. The ICS update to my RAZR MAZZ on June 30 broke several important functions for me, substantially reduced battery life and connectivity, and, nearly 4 months later they are saying "wait for Jelly Bean -- there will be no ICS bug fix." There was a leaked "215" update in mid-July, which addresses the battery life and connectivity, but it is not official, so warranty is void. And why can't Verizon/Moto give suffering users an update that "snuck out" over 3 months ago. My first Moto phone -- all I can say is HORRIBLE experience since June 30. Up until then (gingerbread) I was VERY happy. What a crappy way to treat customers.

15. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Anyone find it interesting that the new Razrs are significantly thicker than the old versions? The regular HD version is almost as thick(/thin) as the current MAXX. The "razr" name doesn't seem to fit anymore.... or is it just me?

22. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Razr: 7.1mm. Razr Maxx: 9mm. Razr HD: 8.4mm. Razr Maxx HD: 9.3mm. The differences are miniscule. The Maxx HD is about as thick as the iPhone 4/s. The new phones look thicker because they don't really have the hump on top to contrast against.

31. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah, I guess, but it still is thicker than the original. The Maxx version isn't significant, but the regular one is. I think that it should have been somwhere in the 7mm range, 7.8 or so would have been fine, but 8.4mm no longer fits the name, IMO.

23. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

It also doesn't have as much camera hump, and the bezel is much thinner. No, the Razr HD isn't as thin as the Razr, but it has a stronger battery. It's just as thin as anything else out there with similar specs (SGS3, iPhone 5, One X). Razr is just a brand name for Moto's flagship, and an effective one at that. That ridiculously thin 7 mm Razr last year also had a ridiculously wide bezel. They fit a 4.7" screen in the HD and didn't widen the phone at all.

33. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Yeah, overall it really isn't that much bigger. I tend to use a little "bumper" case on my phones to protect them a little more, so I'm not sure how the limited bezel thing will go.

30. MorePhonesThanNeeded

Posts: 645; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

It's probably just to keep the body uniform instead of that hump like all the other Droid X like phones from Motorola. Still Razr is good enough for the name of the phone it's still Razr thin with such an immense battery. Wondering if Motorola should hit us with a Razr Nexus phone, boasting 720p SLCD Quad Core 1.5 Ghz Snapdragon, 2GB RAM, 32GB storage and all the usual 8-12mpx cam and front facing 2mpx. 5" screen maximum, with edge to edge design.

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