Motorola Droid Razr is official

first_imgThe Motorola Droid Razr was officially announced today in New York. The latest from Motorola will, as with all “Droid” phones, be exclusive to Verizon, and will run on Big Red’s LTE network.This marks the resurrection of Moto’s popular Razr branding of phones, which was previously associated with bringing an unprecedented level of thinness to another era’s clamshell dumb-phones. It merges that line with today’s most popular (non-Apple) smartphone branding, the Droid line.Much like its namesake was in its day, the Droid Razr is one ultra-thin phone. At 7.1mm, it’s thinner than the iPhone 4S, which measures 9.3mm. Though that doesn’t take the phone’s “hump” into account. Much like the Droid Bionic and the Droid X/X2, it has a Quasimodo bump up around the camera. For a historical perspective, the original Razr, which was primarily for phone calls and text messaging, was 14mm thick.This rebooted Razr isn’t compromising in other departments, though. In addition to riding on Verizon’s LTE network, this beast brings a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED qHD display, and 1GB of RAM. There also an 8MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p video, as well as 16GB of storage, 16GB more of external SD card storage, and an 1,800mAh battery.Another distinguishing feature of the Droid Razr is that the back is covered with kevlar, for extra protection from damage. Yes, that’s the same Kevlar that is used for body armor for soldiers, police, and Batman. It is ideal for protecting a device (or person) because of its high strength-to-weight ratio. Needless to say, this is a first for a smartphone, and should keep the Razr’s back from getting dinged or dented.The Droid Razr also continues with Motorola’s WebTop experience, which essentially lets you plug your phone into a “lapdock” peripheral to approximate the experience of using a laptop. Following in the steps of the Atrix, Droid Bionic, and Atrix 2, Moto is introducing two more new lapdocks for use with the Razr. I’m hoping Motorola consulted with their lawyers first, because one of those lapdocks (above) looks uncannily like a MacBook Pro.Motorola also brings new “SmartActions” software to the Droid Razr, which can help maximize your Razr’s battery life by automating system settings like turning Bluetooth off when you’re home, slowing down the processor speed while on a phone call, etc. This kind of  customizable power management could be a promising addition to an LTE device.The Droid Razr looks to pack quite a punch in a ridiculously-thin form factor, but it won’t be cheap. It will launch at $299 with a new two-year contract. Pre-orders will start on October 27, and will release sometime in November.This is quite a day for Android, as you can absorb this announcement for only a few hours before Android 4.0 ‘Ice Cream Sandwich; and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus (Nexus Prime) are unveiled later tonight.via Engadget and 9to5Maclast_img read more