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Motorola introduces new Droid RAZR HD line of Android smartphones


The new Droid RAZR HD family of devices from MotorolaToday Motorola introduced the Droid RAZR HD, Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and the Droid RAZR M at a New York City event.  These are the first new smartphones offered by the company since Google bought them out in May 2012.  The Droid RAZR M will be available for pre-order on September 5 and will run you $99.  No release dates were announced for the Droid RAZR HD or Droid RAZR Maxx HD (nor prices) but Motorola promised they would be out by the holiday season (rumors are they will be released in October).  All three phones will share the following specs:

Qualcomm 1.5 GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor
8-megapixel camera with HD recording
Front-facing camera
NFC capability
Gorilla Glass display and Kevlar backing
microSD slot expandable to 32GB
Android 4 “Ice Cream Sandwich” upgraded to Jelly Bean by the end of the year.

Apart from that, there are a few differences in the devices.  The Droid RAZR HD will sport a 4.7 in Super AMOLED HD screen with 1280×768 resolution and include a bigger 2530 mAh battery – 40% longer battery life.  The Droid RAZR Maxx HD will sport an even bigger 3300 mAh battery (and slightly thicker size) that Motorola claims will provide 32 hours of “normal” usage before needing a recharge.  The larger battery will be a welcome addition to Droid owners.  At 67.9mm wide, 131.9 mm long and a mere 9.3mm thin, the Droid RAZR Maxx HD will be less than 1mm thicker than the standard Droid RAZR HD device – not much of a compromise given the tremendous amount of usage the owner will get from a single charge.

The new line beats out the current Android king, the Samsung Galaxy S III, in some areas (smaller size, sharper display), falls behind in some areas (dual-core vs. Galaxy’s quad-core processor), and may or may not break even in other areas (although the camera pixels are identical, Samsung makes a pretty mean photo clicker).  Performance comparisons should be available by the end of the year or earlier.