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Motorola and Verizon Announce the DROID RAZR: Pre-Orders Start October 27 for $299


And just like that, the DROID RAZR by Motorola is official on Verizon. Pre-orders will start October 27 for $299 on contract with availability happening some time in November. It has all of the specs we have been talking about for weeks now including the 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4G LTE, 4.3″ Super AMOLED “Advanced” display, and a whole bunch of built-in software.

Some other notes that haven’t been covered are the 16GB on-board storage along with a pre-installed 16GB SD card, 1780mAh battery, and is the “world’s thinnest smartphone.”

We just got done with the announcement event and will have photos and hopefully some video up shortly. Check out our live blog recap here in the mean time.

Press release below.  


Impossibly Thin with Unstoppable Power on America’s Fastest and Most Reliable 4G Network

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Today, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless announced DROID RAZR™ by Motorola, the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. A true marvel of design, this smartphone packs strength and smarts into a stylish package offered exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

Measuring 7.1 mm thin, made with KEVLAR® fiber for strength and Corning® Gorilla® Glass for scratch resistance, the DROID RAZR is ready to face the elements. Speed limits are just an illusion with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE. DROID RAZR customers can expect to rip through the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.

“DROID RAZR by Motorola combines style, performance and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network into one innovative device,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “These are two iconic brands that separately symbolize the best technology available today. The combination will provide an unsurpassed wireless experience for customers.”

“DROID RAZR by Motorola is a testament to the innovation and design possibilities that stem from a strong partnership between Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless,” said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “We set out to design the best smartphone on the planet and delivered DROID RAZR which is thinner, smarter, stronger than any device on the market.”

Not only does DROID RAZR by Motorola deliver heart-pounding speed, but it has a mind-bending 4.3-inch hyper-vibrant display with more colors than most LCD HDTVs. The Super AMOLED™ Advanced display with qHD resolution dishes out beautiful images and smooth action so on-the-go movies and TV shows aren’t a blur, whether customers stream from Netflix™ or rent from Android Market™. It’s the first smartphone capable of streaming movies and TV shows through Netflix with up to HD resolution.

DROID RAZR customers can take advantage of the Super AMOLED Advanced display and 4G LTE speeds to stream videos with NFL Mobile, only from Verizon. Fans can stay up to date on news, schedules and scores from their favorite teams on the go. NFL Mobile is included at no additional charge for 4G LTE customers for the remainder of the 2011 season.

If cutting-edge visuals are its beauty, apps on DROID RAZR are its brains. Enter MotoCast™, the free Motorola app that lets you stream or download your music, pictures and more from your PC to your phone. The Smart Actions app helps automate everyday tasks and optimizes battery efficiency by letting customers create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level. The revolutionary webtop application allows customers to combine the device with separately sold accessories, like the Lapdock™ 100 or HD Station, unleashing the power to edit documents and browse the Web with a full Firefox® browser on a larger screen – all while charging the device.

Additional features:
· Powered by Android™ 2.3.5, Gingerbread

· 1 GB RAM for a fast user interface and multi-tasking

· 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization technology for crisp and clear videos

· Front-facing HD camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi

· 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capable so customers can share 4G LTE speed with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices

· Water repellent nanocoating protects the phone, and even the inside components, against everyday spills

· Remote wipe, pin lock and government-grade encryption for email, calendar and contacts as well as voice and video chat conferencing

· Use Quickoffice® to view, create and edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on your mobile device from anywhere at anytime

· Bluetooth 4.0 low energy

· 32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)

· Powerful 1780 mAh battery

The DROID RAZR will be available in early November for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at: www.verizonwireless.com; as well as at authorized retailers. Customers can visit www.droiddoes.com/droidrazr to pre-order DROID RAZR beginning on October 27. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 106.3 million total wireless connections, including 89.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

  • Poysunpen

    Does anyone know the Verizon information on pre-orders? I’d like to know (and every time I log on to the Verizon Wireless website they tell me they have NO information on this phone) the procedure on pre-ordering the new Droid Razr by Motorola.  Do I have to go into the store, can I do it over the phone, do I have to pay at the time of ordering … etc?? Please, I cannot find this information anywhere!  Thank you so much!

  • Anonymous

    this gorilla glass crap must be considerably cheaper than normal glass. My droid 1 and droid x had the glass that they used before gorilla glass and it was scratch PROOF!!! sure, it might shatter if you dropped it, but you couldn’t scratch it with a house key. how else but less expensive could gorilla glass be if it is able to be scratched.

  • Now my Bionic is semi worthless. Thanks Motorola!

  • Great way to screw me over with the Bionic!! I know people always say “if you keep waiting for the next best thing your be waiting forever” well in this case the Bionic came out one EFFIN month ago and then this. OMG thanks for screwing me over!!!

  • Nice phone, but i wanna see quad core now, maybe so 5″ LCD goodness. Waiting till next year.

  • Earleepa

    The specs don’t seem to be that much different than the galaxy s2 so why is it $100.00 more?

    • hatethanet

      LTE premium pricing.

  • HD front facing camera? I want to know how many MP this front camera has!! Does anyone know what it is?

  • Anonymous

    Just not enough to steal me away from the Nexus. You had a chance Moto, but you’re behind the curve again.

  • GetGood.

    Someone just give me the system dump please, that’s all I care about..

  • Happy Gilmore

    LOL at those who bought the Bionic.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see what the PRIME looks like later this evening then compare tomorrow – either way one of these babies will be MINE in December when my contract is up

    F apple

  • Anonymous

    How is the camera on this phone? are the sensors any different from that on the bionic? (bionic camera is not that great btw). 

  • Shifterracer

    i would NOT count on MOTO deliverying this on time!  I learned my less with my xoom and how long it took them to release the boinic!  This sounds like what the bionic should have been!  Still waiting for the nexus as i have lost all hope in moto. 

  • Does this phone have the LED notifications a la the Droid X? I know it seems like a small thing but when I have my phone in silent mode I find myself constantly looking at the LED to check for new messages.

  • Pete

    Guys we gotta be faithful! Iphone 4s doesnt have even half the features but it sold like hot cakes. Imo this is way better than it. And new hardware not the same thing wat apple did! Nfc is not so popular yet it will take some time!

  • LionStone

    I don’t know about that…the TB gets a pretty good bashing and really its just because some people don’t like it (either one) for some reason and that’s it, break out the canoe because they’re crying us a river, lol.

  • Kd

    Not the thinnest… How thick is that humpback?

  • Anonymous

    What is the resolution…?

  • Rob

    So let me get this straight… Droid Bionic users just got screwed?

    •  No!!! Bionic users were too stupid to wait and deserve what they got. 

    • or maybe they were so sick of restarting their thunderbolts three times a day that they were ready to kill mario and luigi with a pick axe!

    • Anonymous

      pretty much, poor suckers….they should’ve waited..

  • Anonymous

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  • LionStone

    huh? I use Skype on my TB and it works great! Even before the GB update… u trippin brah!

  • Anonymous

    Announcing preorders with no release date. Who are they, Notion Ink?

  • Skrecycles

    Global capability? Yes or no?

    • Anonymous

       yes.. per endgadget

      • Skrecycles

        Thanks! That may seal the deal for me then.  I like the size of this (don’t need to carry around a tablet in my pocket nexus fans) and the enterprise focus.  If it is global capable then I may have to weigh my options between this and the HTC Vigor/Rezound.  I believe I read somewhere that Nexus is not global capable.  Could be mistaken though. 

  • anyone else think that the background is the closest we’re ever going to come to a Flux Capacitor

  • This phone is nice

  • Anonymous

    That’s wierd. Why didn’t they list “Chastitiy belt on the bootloader” under additional features?

  • Smcdo123

    Obviously it doesnt have a removable battery. The phone is thin as hell. It has all the FCC labels on the outside. And the sim.sd card slots are on the left side and the IMEID numbers are labeled on the inside of that little door.

  • I’d buy this phone if it had 2 things…1) 4.0OS…2) Stock Android….i really don’t know if after Sense I could get used to Motoblur

    • however, the design is gorgeous and the integration with that smartwatch is really cool


    I’m glad I returned my Bionic

    • Anonymous

      you would be wasting your money because this is the same thing but thinner and an extra 200 mhz. you may as well be getting a nexus now.

      • bigrob60

        He’s just taking advantage of the return policy. Returned the Bionic to get the Razor. And will return the Razor to get the Nexus. This way he will not have to pay full price for the Nexus. :]

    • I am sorry you even considered it in the first place.

  • Anonymous

    How could you forget to mention blur lmao remember according to jha everyone loves it.

  • Anonymous

    This seems like a really weird time to hold this event; it feels like Motorola (an Verizon to a lesser degree) is trying to undercut the Google + Samsung joint conference coming up shortly.  I don’t get it.  Someone enlighten me?

    • The Samsung and google event was scheduled for last week…but Steve jobs died

      • Anonymous

        Succinctly stated.  I didn’t know this event was planned before the Samsung + Google reschedule.  Thanks!

    • hatethanet

      Didn’t Moto schedule this before Google/Samsung scheduled their announcement for tonight?

  • Anonymous

    Screw moto for thinking me a sucker and pushing the Bionic and having a better phone just weeks away!

  • Savergn

    Note to all the people talking about no NFC, you can can NFC SD cards now, so you could technically “upgrade” that.

    • That’s a cool bit of tech.  Has it improved since this article, written in June, lists the limitations?

      From http://pocketnow.com/smartphone-news/no-nfc-on-your-phone-how-about-an-nfc-sdcardBefore you pull out your wallet, there are some restrictions. Your smartphone’s back cover can’t have any metal in it, nor can the microsd slot be made of metal. Since the antenna is tiny, scanning is reportedly “tricky” — especially if the reader has a small sensing area. The phone needs a special app running in the background to communicate with the NFC circuitry. Lastly, the device hasn’t been released yet, so even if you wanted to, you couldn’t buy it. 

  • Anonymous

    I know everyone has their own preference for style but me thinks the RAZR is kinda ugly

  • Ray

    engadget already has their video up http://www.engadget.com/2011/10/18/motorola-droid-razr-hands-on/ where is droid lifes?

    • Anonymous

      Video is very good

  • Ray

    No removable battery isnt a big deal if the phone has good battery life but that a Big fat IF

  • Justin Kos

    sorry moto, youve lost me to sammy

  • Anonymous

    no removable battery is a deal breaker for me. I have to pull mine every few days, at the least in my x.

    the 16 and 16 sd card is nice though. interested to see how the front camera does.

  • Kierra

    The battery is 1800…

  • Made the 4s look like a toy both in performance and design

    • lol. design is subjective, but performance? we can measure these things you know, and the RAZR is certainly not faster (in terms of GPU performance is about 30-40% of the performance of the A5).

  • hatethanet

    Anyone know whether it will be easy to root or not? I might have to pass if I can’t delete or freeze all the bloatware on it.

  • Anonymous

    Even though I will end up getting the Nexus, Ralph de la Vega just got straight up Razr burned about this comment last week of AT&T having thinner LTE devices.. 7.1mm = impressive! 

  • Anonymous

    why do they have to preload NFL mobile and call it a new feature? i dont give 2 f*cks about nfl or football and i dont want anything like that on my phone.

    • Anonymous

      Too bad. Verizon 4G phones eligible for Free NFL football. A $10/mo offer …

  • Greg Williams

    That shhh cray!  Nexus for me!

  • Fattie McDoogles

    Ill make my decision tonight. 

    • Anonymous

      Have to agree.  Although this will be very tempting.   What might even be more tempting is a bionic at 99 bucks.

  • Anonymous

    Dude wtf. If this is the world’s thinnest smartphone, why is it so hard to find the profile shots?

    • Anonymous

      There’s a video over at engadget where they show an iphone 4 on top of the RAZR and it’s a very noticeable difference…even with LTE…