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Exclusive: First Pictures of the DROID 4 by Motorola

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Keyboard lovers, get ready – the DROID4 by Motorola is coming and according to our sources, has the best slideout they have “ever seen on a smartphone.” In this set of glamour shots we received, you can get a taste for what’s to come which means ultra-thin slider with DROID RAZR styling and wait for it….4G LTE. You asked for it and Moto appears to have made it.  

Spec breakdown:

  • 4″ screen (assuming Super AMOLED Advanced)
  • Full 5-row “illuminated” keyboard
  • RAZR styling
  • 4G LTE
  • Non-removable battery
  • Android 2.3.5
  • 1080p video recording (assuming 8MP)
  • Front camera
  • HDMI out
  • MotoACTV syncing

Sexy device, right there. No word yet on processor, but will bet that it has at least the 1.2GHz OMAP4430 that the RAZR has. Would not doubt it if it had something newer though. Haven’t heard of a release time line – all others in the DROID keyboard series seem to be getting the summer treatment. However, this phone looks like it might be done. See all of that bloatware already up and running?

This device was rumored to be codenamed Maserati a few weeks back.

Gallery below.

Cheers ___!

  • http://rilgon.tumblr.com/ Rilgon Arcsinh

    FINALLY! Everything I’ve been holding my breath for in a phone since LTE hit the scene!

  • Tomgillotti

    This is the phone I WAS waiting for. After seeing this, it’s all Galaxy Nexus now. Look at all that unused space on the keyboard. Physical buttons? Once again, FAIL Motorola. No ICS? 4″ screen is alright, but would have been better with no physical buttons…. Non-removable battery? My allegiance to Moto is officially dead. I guess having a good physical QWERTY phone died when the OG Droid went away….

    • Pennywise

      Did you miss the point made about folks who have used the D4′s keyboard saying that it was the absolutely best keyboard they have ever used in any phone, ever? Sounds like a big win for you QWERTYs out there.

    • akhi216

      First of all, the keyboard on the OG Droid is probably the worst keyboard on an Android phone ever. Everyone who’s used this keyboard say that it’s the best keyboard they’ve ever used. And how could it have ICS on it when ICS hasn’t even been released yet and won’t be released for almost another month?

  • Superior1

    I’m not picking this phone up, but I will say that it is gorgeuos. This reminds me of early renderings of the original droid back in early 09. This is what I originally wanted in the first one, but that goes to show that we were two years behind in advanced design. I know a lot of ppl will be interested in this phone for the keyboard alone.

  • TC Infantino

    Alright!!  This is the phone I have been waiting for.  Sorry RAZR and G-Nex (which…Samsung, I never liked their phones build look and feel) I love my OG Droid with the keyboard and I would have jumped on the D3 except it did not have 4G LTE, and the sorry amount of built in memory as well.  I will wait until the D4 hits the stores and be one of the first through the doors when they open.  “Now I am Happy…I’m gonna sit over here being happy”  (Ten points to the person who can tell me which movie that was from)

    Thanks Moto and Thanks DL for making my day.

  • Anonymous

    from a D1 to a D3, with 6 of my relatives i persuaded to get a D2G last yr, Im so tired of moto.
    D1 was awesome, but low on internal mem and RAM, otherwise the device was great.

    the mediocre ram on the D3 seems fine for now depending on how far software advances in the next 6mo.s, but the bloatblur is driving me nuts. it’s like a gorgeous bimbo thats bad in bed. and the screen looks horrible in bright light in that you can see a grid of boxes abt half cm sq all over it.

    battery life is nothing to impress on the D3 and i usually have to swap if Im out for most of the day w moderate use. I carry 2 spares just in case. Personally I beleive spares are a better friend than a charger or a battery that can last 3 days. Its an issue of, when the battery dies, how fast can u power back up. Nor do i have to hover by the wall or have a monstrous portable battery pack recharging my device. I can charge my spare while I roam free, 3 batteries are easier to carry than a charger any day. SO nonremovable is definitely a dealbreaker.

    i was ecpecting to be slightly disappointed in my D3, relying mostly on dev support on some amazing looking hardware, but the dev community obviously have too much on their plate and moto devices are far from priority. I love my keyboard on the D3, impossible to beat except by the D4, but Im going to leave my slider days behind.

    PASS!!… (typed up from my D3 Keyboard)

    • Bionic

      there are portable battery chargers out now that can charge my bionic 2 times and are smaller than my phone itself.  Best buy has them as well as amazon

    • Benjamin Landwehr

      Wow, my Droid 3 lasts at least 2 days with the extended battery after the OTA update with light-moderate use.  About a day with heavy use, but that’s rare that I use my phone that much.

  • Ken

    anybody else wish that if the company’s would spend half the time fixing and updating the devices they have out as they did cranking out new ones? 

  • http://twitter.com/AllTeam AllTeam

    What about mini-SD card slot? Any word on that? 

    • Bionic

      ive yet to see a motorola that does not have one

    • Anonymous

      You mean micro sd?

  • Anonymous

    I am not a hard keyboard fan but that is one bad ass keyboard. Motorola has really stepped up it’s hardware. I am hoping next year’s new Nexus device is a Motorola. The year ahead is going to be a whirlwind for Mobile devices. 

  • Anonymous

    Me Wantee!

  • Anonymous

    Bring back the chin!  LONG LIVE THE CHIN!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      The ‘chin’ is UGLY. Never liked the design of Moto’s phones, but hopefully they’re moving away from it.

      Now…if only they could get rid of the camera ‘hump’… -_-

  • Anonymous

    Man I feel bad for my friend who got the Droid 3.  I’m not going to lie, the Droid 4 looks pretty sweet. 

  • Anonymous

    This is pretty crazy. My Droid2 is like 13.5 months old. 2 successors have already been released, and the third is already being leaked!

    Not that it matters, since I’ll be getting the Galaxy Nexus. First non-keyboard device in my 7 year smartphone-owning life.

    • akhi216

      Googd luck with that. Enjoy making frequent errors, v-keyboards taking longer to pop up when apps are running in the background, v-keyboards shutting down on their own due to RAM mismanagement, having half of your screenc taken up to type, people making fun of your “custom grammar,” and forget about speed-typing with both hands in landscape mode.

      Enjoy mate!

      • Anonymous

        The vast majority of people do it all the time, so I guess I just figured it was time to take the training wheels off. The keyboard accuracy/prediction is supposed to be greatly improved in Ice Cream Sandwich, as it should be with Google’s purchase of BlindType. That, along with the 4.65″ screen on the Galaxy Nexus makes me think I’ll be alright…mate.

        • akhi216

          The vast majority of people who use keyboardless phones are ex-iSheep who are still iSheep at heart and people who bought the original Droid because the keyboard on it is crap, go figure.

          • Anonymous

            Doesn’t apply in my case. I’ve had 5 keyboard phones, my first in 2004. Clearly keyboard phones are now the minority, and I’m not going to be stuck to Motorola’s keyboard devices (like my current D2), or something like the Stratosphere.

  • Daniel Rowen

    ugh, non-removable battery is a terrible idea, I swap out batteries in my Droid2 all the time, esp if I forget to charge it overnight, I can pop in a new battery and be at 100% instantly…and stick the dying battery into a dock to charge it.  Also, why no physical camera button??? :-(

  • Anonymous

    Moto should definitely look at putting their efforts into producing a high quality device, instead of 3-4 good devices.

    I think they’re going to piss more people off than they think. 

    The Nexus is my next phone, but I’m sure a lot of people are probably about tired of Moto releasing a new phone every few months.

    • Anonymous

      Well. They obviously spent plenty of time on the OGD. That’s why so many people got one. All the other “stuff” they released since was them milking the platform.
      The RAZR seems to be a new platform that they are going to milk for all other series of devices.

      This is the exact opposite of the Fruit Company’s way of doing business. They release 1 thing at a time and spend whatever the time required to do it right; even if the hardware is old by the time it’s out on the market.

      Android is more cut throat and competitive so companies can’t afford spending the time tiem fine tune a new product because another vendor will beat them to it.
      Moto spent some time on making the new platform with the RAZR so it’s a nice well made piece of equipment that will last you a while. And the GNex is the absolute latest tech in everything.(No shutter Lag camera, NFC, ICS and so on). You get to pick what’s more important.
      I’m sure Gnex will be a bit rough when it’s released and by the time they fix all issues Moto will be out with a device with NFC(hopefully they’ll have a faster camera to go with that as well). ICS will be available on all of these sooner or later. the best part is that unlike the fruit company’s products you get to make your own decsition on what’s more important to you.

  • Weskokemor

    Just when I thought I found the phone I want (Droid Razr), this thing comes out. I don’t think I can go to much longer with my OG Droid.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly how I’m feeling

      • Pennywise

        Lol – I ditched my OG for the Bionic and I am very happy. I live in a 4G market though which is a big help. Moto’s “Blur” is actually really nice; it crushes ‘sense’ now imo.

        I never used my KB on the OG because it was junk; really a awful keyboard.  THIS (D4) on the other hand looks amazing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/darkhand David Tucker

    The non-removable battery is a deal breaker for me. I love my droid but it has frozen up on me sometimes and I can’t imagine it’s easy to do a restart without a battery pull.

    • Pennywise

      It is indeed easier to do a battery pull on this device than it is for the OG, or the Bionic, or the HTC’s.  Battery pulls work like they do on the XOOM: Vol-down & Power for 10 secs = battery pull (no matter how hung or looped up the device)

  • Anonymous

    WTF MOTO….I’ve been waiting for a keyboard slider forever, finally decided to buy the Bionic, then the RAZR.  WHY ARE YOU MAKING ME DEAL WITH THIS BROKEN OG STILL

    • Pennywise

      Should’ve jumped on the Bionic. No worries, you can’t go horribly wrong with the RAZR, GNex, or the Bionic; you are going to love any of these devices.

  • Anonymous

    Where’s the Dinara? Are they trying to get rid of all their projects at hand before Google takes over or something! It was nice that they got rid of the chin, now give us acces to the battery….or it better be very damn good battery in there to lock it up….Where’rs the Dinara…..?

    Hopefully by the time it is release it’ll be let loose into the wild with ICS…..I’ll be getting the G-Nexus or the Razr…..The only way that I would get the Razr is if the battery last 10+ hours….

  • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

    Doesnt the Razr have a 4460?

    • joejoe509

      4430. Nexus has a 4460. They released an in accurate spec sheet, the media got ahold of it, and then Moto quickly changed it back to 4430.

      • http://twitter.com/OptimusIM Olatunji

        oh ok

  • PyroHoltz

    Monkey butt…now I don’t know what I want.

    • Pennywise

      Sure you do; you want a Droid 4 (so do I :D)

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit a 4″ 4G LTE phone.

  • Crash_davis

    I’m done w/ Moto. Had the OG Droid.  Bought me and the wife Droid X2s.  No more.  I’ve had it with the locked bootloader nonsense and constant bugs like the music skipping on playback and the incorrect battery stats on 2.3.4 update.  HTC Rezound or Samsung Galaxy Nexus here I come.  Wow, I might buy a Samsung phone.  I feel dirty.  Shame on you Moto for making to go down this path.

  • Anonymous

    the huge gap between the keyboard and display is a turn off. makes the phone look a ton cheaper, especially after seeing the pic with the usb and hdmi ports.

    • Pennywise

      yea that pic looks weird; almost like one the display is off one of the tracks, or has already been bent by the user.  I feel confident that they won’t look like that when you unbox them ; )

  • Anonymous

    SCREEN RES? WHATS THE SCREEN RES?

    • Anonymous

      the screen is 4 inches so it can be assumed its NOT 720p.

      • akhi216

        It’s possible that they managed to squeeze a 720p screen in there to make it worthy of Droid HD nomenclature. It would make sense considering the fact that the original Droid put Android on the map.

    • Pennywise

      Looks like qHD Pentile OLED (same res as RAZR and Bionic – web pages look and read great on my Bionic for what it’s worth)

  • kevin

    Screw you Motorola. What a waste buying the Droid3. Waited forever for Droid 3 and you build a 4GLTE clone 3 months later. I’m done with you.

    • Anonymous

      should of saw this coming when droid razr pics started leaking out before the bionic was even released

    • joejoe509

      Yep. If you’re a Moto fan, you just gotta roll with the punches. Great phones, just obsolete in a matter of months…

    • Pennywise

      OG owner – Been waiting for a worth-while replacement to the OG but the Droid 2 and Droid 3 DEFINITELY weren’t it.  This, Droid 4, however is a whole other story :D

  • Kiteless

    Baaaah! I got my Droid 3 right when it came out and already there is a Droid 4?! And LTE!?!!?!??!?!?!?!?!?! I kept thinking they would call it the Droid 4G. Oh well. The speed that new models come out is the blessing and curse of Android. 

    • joejoe509

      Mostly Moto’s problem – at least lately… Quick to make new models. Slow to update current ones.

  • Anonymous

    moto would use gingerbread instead of the latest version of android

  • http://Twitter.com/eggoespada Eric Gonzalez

    This is too much. This should have been the D3. The D3 should have never existed and the could have use the money and resources from that into this device and get it out by the end of the year. Also, the Droid Bionic should have just been canned.

    They’re wasting so much time and money on devices to only have them replaced with the same device but better within months of each other much other not to mention its hard to market so many similar devices at once. They’re really shooting themselves in the foot with this n

  • Anonymous

    “this is what the last *device name* should have been”. so tired of hearing that. This year’s developments are going to be on phones that were being built last year. Get over yourself people.

    Now back to the post, Sexy phone. Too bad I dont care for a keyboard and I’ll be getting the Galaxy Nexus :)

  • Michael Allis

    It does run 2.3.5… so I don’t see why it wouldn’t be done. You’d almost assume that, at this point in the game, with ICS officially announced, we’d start to see leaks of other ICS phones.

  • Sebastian

    What is a SYM key? And why no NFC mentioned?

    • Anonymous

      This keyboard is laid out like a standard computer keyboard.  All of the special characters are in the standard place.

    • Anonymous

      Really guy??? What’s an SYM key? oh! hahaha sarcasm. Funny stuff.

    • joejoe509

      I don’t know… it must be some crazy Moto “symbolism” ;-)

    • akhi216

      Symbol key guy. Really?

  • Sebastan

    And how great is this? I wait all this time for the Galaxy Nexus, and now I am tempted with the Droid4? Ugh, how long will I have to wait for this one?

    • Pennywise

      lol yea – this definitely looks nicer (to me) than the Samsung (read: cheap) Galaxy Nexus.

      • akhi216

        Agreed. I will never buy another Samsung product.

  • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

    Where’s the ALT key? Or am I missing something? Having a Caps Lock key is pointless.

    • akhi216

      Look harder. There’s an Alt key there.

  • George Fayad

    To everyone complaining about rapid releases and that something must be wrong with the D3 and that we don’t want keyboards.

    A. Droid 3 fans complained about no LTE from day one. This is Motorola’s response to that. Be happy they responded so quickly.

    B. Nothing is wrong with the D3. LTE is just the current trend so Motorola is trying to give its users what they ask for.

    C. No matter how touch compatible an OS is, some people will always want their physical keyboard, myself included.

    This is a welcome upgrade for a lot of people who were waiting for a 4g LTE physical keyboard solution. The lack of removable battery is a disappointment, but I’ve had no issues with my D3 requiring me to replace the battery so I don’t really see the problem here. Not to mention these are leaked photos and specs and, as seen with previous devices, we really have no idea whats going to happen until the leaks are confirmed by Motorola. If you don’t like it, stop complaining and close the article.

    • akhi216

      Agreed. I wanted a phone that has a slide-out keyboard, a dual-core processor, and LTE. There wasn’t any available at the time so I got a D3 and Samsung 4G Mifi. Now I get to drop the Mifi line and sell it and get this.

      • Pennywise

        Agreed. I also “wanted a phone that has a slide-out keyboard, a dual-core processor, and LTE” so I DIDN’T buy the Droid 3 ; )

    • Anonymous

      Exactly.  Gotta love how some people are like “All these phones are coming out too slow!  D3 and Strat are outdated!” and others are like “All these phones are coming out too fast!  D3 was just a few months ago!”

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    God damnit. I really want a keyboard. This or Galaxy Nexus?!?!

    • Pennywise

      Dual-core (I can’t imagine needing a processor that is faster than the Bionics; that phone freaking flies), LTE (!!!) and a slide-out KB that already has (industry!) people saying that it’s the best physical keyboard that they have ever used?! This.

      • akhi216

        Yeah you say that about dual-core now, but you’ll be singing a differnet tune when ICS get released.

        • Pennywise

          If I understand your comment, then ICS sounds like some seriously horrendous code.  I guess we’ll see : )

  • Sebastian

    I assume ICS will be made available for this in the near future?

  • Anonymous

    Strange that this is an Ice Cream Sandwich era device with capacitive buttons.

  • Anonymous

    No NFC!? Cmon moto!

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    Meh, I am going to wait a couple of months for the droid 5. :)

  • Bionic

    wow, really?  Motorola is pumping out phones like it took a laxative or something.

    • akhi216

      They have to make up for their slow first half. Need I mentioned the Bionic delay? And the Xoom didn’t exactly take off as they hoped.

  • Flip74k

    Y r they gonna keep putting out phones with buttons. When ics is suppost to b button less. Smh doesn’t make sense to me

    • Bionic

      its not a big deal.  ICS can support buttons too.  

      • akhi216

        Yeah not everyone cares for a buttonless phone. No one’s gonna pay 300 dollars for a buttonless phone if they don’t want one. Hell if I wanted a buttonless phone I would’ve got the iPhlop!

  • Anonymous

    So much for the Galaxy Nexus for me. Been wanting a slider since the OD.

    Why does this have to have a locked bootloader…sigh.

    • Bionic

      not to mention it prolly wont be out till december or even next year

  • http://twitter.com/Justinwrites Justin True Anderson

    Seriously, what is up with the trend in batteries?  Some of us like being able to make sure our phones can be OFF all the way.  Hard reboots, and such you know?

    • Anonymous

      Vol-down & power for 10 secs give you the hard reboot.  The only reason for a removable battery would be discharging without access to a charger.  The newer phones are lasting longer and longer on LTE.

      • Anonymous

        I have found that even when a phone is completely powered down it still consumes battery.  I fly to Hong Kong once a year and if I don’t completely remove the battery before I leave then a completely charged battery will be down to 30% by the time I arrive.  I’m not sure why this is the case but there is something to be said for being able to remove the battery.  

        • Pennywise

          What phone?

        • akhi216

          I believe this happens due to the fact that even though a phone is powered down, it still has to use juice to keep up with the time and other things. It may be responsible for Droid turning on by themselves (spontaneous reboots).

          DRRROOOIIIDDD…
          IT’S ALIVE!!!
          …lol

  • Anonymous

    and where’s the ics??

    • Anonymous

      Still locked up with Google and Samsung.

      • akhi216

        Yeah…duh.

  • Daniel Maginnis

    you guys kill me… this is the state that the smart phone market is in now. new phones come out every 6 months instead of 18 now. yeah, i was waiting for a keyboard LTE, dual core phone. i pulled the trigger on the D3 cuz my D1 was incredibly slow and i was limping it for well over 24 months. i would not have held out until the D4 came out, almost 3 years on the D1? yeah right. The D3 could not have been the D4. the tech wasn’t out yet: screen, LTE, and it’s one of the first dual core phones. get over it.

  • http://twitter.com/bitz_dv sean futach

    Those keys look fantastic!

    I don’t like that I can clearly see the pixels, but other then that it looks like a sweet phone. Too bad I just signed a contract with my D3. Moto really does need to slow down, I have bought every Moto Droid slideout phone so far, and it looks like I’m going to miss the D4, too soon for a product revamp! Kind of surprised they didn’t opt for nearly identical hardware like the jump from D1 to D2 to D2G.

    • akhi216

      Google “Verizon Droid Loyalty Program” and rejoice when it happens.

  • http://twitter.com/Shaydlife Shaydlife

    Non-removable battery? Sounds like a certain Apple device to me. No hate, but if something goes wrong with your device you have to send the whole thing in. Lame

  • Anonymous

    Wait but didn’t the droid3 just come out last month? Have sales on it been that bad that they decided to throw in a front camera and 4G so that it will do better..?

    • http://twitter.com/bitz_dv sean futach

      D3 has a front facing camera, and it’s been a few months

      • Anonymous

        eh, well I forgot about that. but still there must be something wrong with the droid3 if this is coming out this soon. 

    • Daniel Maginnis

      sorry. D3 has a front camera. yeah, they basically swapped out the screen, redesigned the phone and put LTE in it. is that not enough improvements?

    • akhi216

      Actually D3 sales fared way better than Verizon/Motorola anticipated, hence the need to meet the demand for this phone. Until mid last month Droid 3s were backordered everywhere. Google “Droid 3 backordered” to see all the stories on it.

  • DroidzFX

    Why would you want a phone you cant take the damn battery out? MOTO just stop.

    Any phone you announce from here on out should have ICS at launch!

    • Joshua Estell

      “Why would I want one of them thar newfangled auto-mo-beels when I got some perfectly good horses?”

      Honestly people and their hangups – it’s amusing.  

      You want smaller, thinner, lighter?  You make it happen by examining established quantities such as real-world device life cycles and battery management, and you eliminate superfluous sub-assemblies that exist only because someone thinks “this is how it is done”.

      Go Moto.  Keep it up.  More handsets, faster and better.   

    • akhi216

      It wouldn’t matter to me because I don’t use extended batteries. The Xoom doesn’t have a removable battery and people don’t have the problems that you’re thinking that you would have with this.

  • Anonymous

    Holy pentile, Batman!

    • Pennywise

      Holy over-saturated OLED (garbage) batman!