Droid RAZR set for November release
The Droid RAZR is a next-generation update to the old Motorola flip phone.
Everything old is new again. On Tuesday, Motorola introduced the Droid RAZR, a much-upgraded version of the clamshell flip phone of yore. According to Motorola, the new RAZR – pronounced "razor" – will get a frame that's only 7.1 millimeters thick, strengthened with kevlar fibers and kitted out with a Gorilla Glass display. "Diamond-cut" metal accents grace the corners of the handset, and the whole thing gets a coating of splash-resistant finish.Skip to next paragraph
Subscribe Today to the Monitor
In fact, if the Droid RAZR press release could be boiled down to two words, it would read something like this: "Strong, thin." But the internals aren't bad either, from the dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, to the Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS. There's also the obligatory camera – 8-megapixel, with video capability – and a big and bright 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen.
Preordering for the Droid RAZR begins Oct. 27; the handset will begin shipping in early November on Verizon. It's worth noting, of course, that the RAZR, even with a two-year contract, will set you back $299.99, which is a hundred bucks more than the iPhone. Obviously, this is a full-featured phone, with plenty of sharp lines – see the photo at left – but that extra $100 may put the RAZR out of reach for many users.
In September, of course, Motorola unveiled the long-awaited Droid Bionic, a 4G-ready smartphone sold exclusively through Verizon Wireless stores. The Bionic, which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and includes Flash and HTML 5 capability, also sells for $299.99. The Bionic is "an undeniably great phone, powered by the fastest wireless network in the air today," one reviewer wrote last month.
For more tech news, sign up for the weekly BizTech newsletter, which ships every Wednesday.