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Verizon and Motorola Make the DROID 4 Official, Available in the “Coming Weeks”

 

And there she is, the DROID 4. The specs for this phone are not a mystery whatsoever, but it’s official now thanks to a press release from Verizon and Motorola. As you know from the various posts we have had for this phone, it rocks a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, slideout edge lit keyboard, a 4″ screen, and most importantly, has 4G LTE connectivity.

No release date or price was given, but Big Red has said that it will be available in the “coming weeks.” The device will be on display at both Motorola and Verizon’s booths which open tomorrow. We will definitely get our hands all over it.

Everyone ready for the first big boy LTE slider?  

Verizon Wireless And Motorola Unveil Thinnest And Most Powerful 4G LTE QWERTY Smartphone: DROID 4 By Motorola

Raw Power and Innovative Design Empower Customers to Take Care of Business Like Never Before

LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Today at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless introduced the new DROID 4 by Motorola, the thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone offering the power and capabilities to handle even the most demanding lifestyles. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets. The DROID 4 will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) as well as in the Motorola booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #8644).

DROID 4 is deceivingly slim at half an inch thin – packing not only a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark. It’s Business Ready with government-grade encryption to keep data secure. It features software tools such as MotoCast™ for remote access to music, pictures and videos on home or work computers, Smart Actions application to automate everyday tasks and the revolutionary webtop application for a multi-window environment with full Firefox® browser on a larger screen to boost productivity while on the road. An 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and Mirror Mode to display images and video on an HDTV, give DROID 4 users even more flexibility while at work or for play. DROID 4 delivers expected speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas for blazing fast Web browsing, video streaming and online collaboration.

A full suite of accessory options extends the power of DROID 4 and allows consumers to work however they work best. Accessories compatible with DROID 4 include the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with built-in webcam and Ethernet connection, HD Dock, HD Station and vehicle navigation mount.

Additional features

  • Powered by Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass
  • MotoCast for remote streaming of photos, videos, music, documents, presentations and more from home or office computers
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Water-repellent nanocoating for splash resistance
  • 16 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity is less); Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ card
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

The DROID 4 by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com  in the coming weeks.

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 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visitwww.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 atwww.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.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Google, and Android are trademarks of Google, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.

 

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  • http://www.motoask.com motorola droid

    According to the press release from Motorola it is not Global. However
    it does not say anything about it being global so perhaps they left it
    out?

  • Www Blah

    Why is the Droid 4 up on Motorola website and on Droid Does but yet the phone isnt even out yet????  Really VZW your just making people mad when you keep throwing the phone in our face but yet we cant buy it!

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch Judah Richardson

    6 months too late. Once I found out about a VZW Nexus Motorola lost me.

  • http://twitter.com/Transhawn Tran-Shawn Yu

    hmmm.. no mention of amoled screen.. does that mean its the same crappy qhd screen as the bionic?!?

  • Www Blah

    About time! o no wait it should have just came out! Still no official date or price ugh.

  • Bill

    I’m only disappointed that it won’t be released prior to the end of the “Twice the data” promotion.  I’ve been waiting on this phone before I dump my Blackberry Torch and AT&T.  I’m going to be losing the unlimited data plan that I was grandfathered into.  But I had hoped that the “twice the data” plan would help alleviate some of that pain.

  • Jake

    I think I will be buying this! I loved my old OG Droid, but I love the software on my Bionic, and the protection features in the Razr, all together, I have Slide Out Back Lit keyboard, 4G, 8MP camera, HDMI, Scratch proof class and Water Resistant Nanocoating, all wrapped into one device!? For sure going to buy this phone.

  • http://twitter.com/tylercallahan95 Tyler Callahan

    As a Droid 3 owner I am upset that Verizon did not offer upgrades for Droid 3 owners to the Droid 4. I am now switching my Droid 3 for either HTC Rezound or the Galaxy Nexus.

    • Nobody Youknow

      Why?  You spend $200 to $700 on a phone and get upset that a new model comes out in six months?  Have you ever bought a new car?  Those things cost $20,000 to the sky’s the limit and they come out with a new one ever friggin’ YEAR!!  For that kind of money, I want mine to be the newest and bestest for a lot longer than a year.  Or I want a cheap upgrade.

      • http://twitter.com/tylercallahan95 Tyler Callahan

        I’m not going to spend $700 on a new phone, I’m planning on adding a line, get the phone and switch it with the Droid 3. I’m surprised other Droid 3 owners are not upset about this.

        • Tdpolo26

          ummm so let me get this straight verizon should offer all the droid 3 owners a upgrade because they have buyers remorse?????? there was new of the droid 4 almost before the droid 3 was released the little new 4g thing should have been a big clue that this was just a stepping stone

        • Tim242

          Droids 2, 3, & 4 in just over a year. That is preposterous! From a Galaxy Nexus owner…I feel your pain.

          • Bluebanzai

            Dude, Droid 2 came out 16 months ago…drop it.

          • Tim242

            And you think it’s OK to release 3 versions of a phone in 16 months?????
            Sent from my Galaxy Nexus

          • Anonymous

            Samsung has released at least six different versions of the SGS2 in the last 4 months (including a new one at CES).  Are you complaining about that?

            Three phones in 16 months is fine…

            Sent from my i7-2600k

          • Tim242

            Yes I blasted Samsung and art for that. 3 phones in 16 months is fine…but not in the same series.

          • Tim242

            Btw, Samsung released 2 on att, today’s is number 3.

      • Tim242

        Droids 2, 3, & 4 in just over a year. That is ridiculously preposterous!

  • Nobody

    Same non-removable battery as the razr or can this one be removed?

  • Csd

    relax with the bootloaders people, when it comes down to it after 2 weeks with the phone all anyone uses anyway is google, facebook, text, wifi tether, text 

    • http://www.facebook.com/nadeemqasem Nadeem Qasem

      not true

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

    Not able to flash custom roms? Not interested

  • http://twitter.com/Pollita_Droid Erica M.

    The Droid 4 would be awesome if they unskinned it like the first moto Droid. That’s what we fell in love with NOT BLUR

    • Bluebanzai

      Blur is better now than any custom ROM IMO

  • Anonymous

    Unless there’s some completely unexpected flaw, I’m definitely picking up a Droid 4.

    This is the Droid I’ve been looking for.

  • Anonymous

    8MB Camera on back, wow doing big things there Moto! But you do realize its 2012 right?!

  • NorCalDroid

    Droid-Life: Announced today! Coming in several weeks! Moto: We have a delay. Droid-Life: Minor Delay! Moto: We have a redesign! Bringing you ICS! Droid-Life: Moto Droid 4 Launched October 2012!! moto: Droid 5 releasing in December! With Gingerbread!!!

    • Tim242

      Are you Psychic too? I had that very same vision!

  • Alex

    I know most will think I’m crazy, but I actually returned my Galaxy Nexus on Saturday and plan on getting the D4.  Coming from an OG Droid, I simply can’t live without a keyboard and like the sturdier hardware. That, and I paid too much for the Nexus (even with the restocking fee I could buy it again online and get it cheaper).

    • geekmomof3

      I’m with you. Have the GN now but only bought it as a “rental” when I thought the D4 was coming in December. Now I know for sure the lack of a keyboard is a major problem for me. The onscreen keyboard is fine for typing in a website URL or very short txts and emails, but when I need to email a client I find myself putting it off until I can be at my laptop.

      I will be returning my GN this weekend and just hoping they get this thing out very quickly while I limp along on my old BBerry in the interim.

      • Anonymous

        Have you tried ICS’s improved speech to text?  It’s pretty friggin’ awesome!  Plus you can speak MUCH faster than you can type.

        • geekmomof3

          No … it sounds interesting, but it still seems like I wouldn’t get the precision of a great keyboard. I guess I should at least try it out and see how it works. How do I use it? I don’t see a way to activate it while composing an email.

          • Josh

             Are you going to be yelling at your phone all the time in public? 

          • Anonymous

            It’s on the keyboard (the little mic icon to the left of the space bar).  If you’re using the default keyboard and you don’t see it, it’s probably turned off in your “Language & input” settings.

            I’ve found that even when it makes a mistake I can tap on the incorrect word and the correct word is offered in the suggestions.  You can even speak your punctuation.  If you’re typing a lot of long emails on your phone this feature could save you a tremendous amount of time.

            PS. Just make sure you don’t accidentally cover the mic on the bottom of the device (I made that mistake and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t working).

        • geekmomof3

          Sorry … scratch my last question about how to get it to work. I figured out how to use the speech to text feature and I think it’s going to have the same problems as the onscreen keyboard. For the business emails I write there are usually lots of unrecognized words, client names, etc. for the system. This means I will just have this big blob of text with a high rate of errors that I have to go back in and surgically correct. Correcting on screen is one of the more irritating parts of the onscreen typing experience for me.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, I see.  If there are names and technical terms that you use often, you could always add them to the dictionary.  Otherwise, you’re right…you’d probably need to turn off auto correct and use a physical keyboard (which sounds like a horrible experience IMO).

    • Tim242

      Sturdier hardware??? There’s nothing more UNSTURDY than moving parts!!!

  • http://twitter.com/grilmasterweber kweber

    “scratch and scrape resistant glass” .. no gorilla glass…?

  • http://twitter.com/shehippie CrazyOldBroad

    This WAS my dream phone, untill I got my hands on the Galaxy Nexus.  Shame..it would have looked nice next to my OG, DX and D3 in the kitchen draw.

  • steve sutton

    Any news on this being a Global capable phone?

    First LTE + GSM capable?

  • Anonymous

    My Droid 3 has ICS, I dont care about the Droid 4.

    • Anonymous

      mazel tov

    • Anonymous

      What did you do to get it on there?

      • Anonymous
        • Anonymous

          Yeah I’ve seen some news about the CM9 ICS mod but didn’t really pay it much mind because it was still alpha build and not dd ready…thanks for posting that link though, I shall be watching it closely. Actually, how well does it work for you?

          • Anonymous

            Really well, been using it as my daily drive. The only thing that really is missing is the Camera. If you wait till his next update it will have almost everything running at 100% but the camera.

  • jesr

    I was hopping for this phone but the delays and the fact that IT IS A FAT PHONE, no amoled advanced, no kevlar, no ICS at launch. 

  • Anonymous

    and the Droid 4global will be out next month with ICS i’ll wait

  • Guest

    Finally! But no date… D1 slowly dying…

  • Anonymous

    i’m surprised they didn’t announce the DROID 5 at the same time

  • single malt

    I like the looks of this, but why isn’t it available now instead of in the “coming weeks”? It’s not as if it features the bleeding edge of technology or anything…

    • Anonymous

      Perhaps, because everyone was complaining that “Moto is coming out with too many phones!  Slow down!  Etc.”

      • Tim242

        Droids 2, 3, & 4, in just over a year is beyond ridiculous…it’s preposterous!

        • Anonymous

          I got my Droid 2 in August 2010.  February is not August, not even close.

          • Tim242

            3 versions of a phone in 16 -18 months is ridiculous.

  • http://youtu.be/GvPlAyTG4ik?hd=1 Hitler vows to destroy Android

    I’m holding out for a razr max, announce it plz!

  • Jedry

     “most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone”

    I actually find that unfortunate.

    Also, no confirmation on the global features. Hopefully, Verizon didn’t kill it like on the Razr.

    • Anonymous

      Have to, no Global CDMA/GSM LTE radio yet. 2nd Gen radio needed.

      • Jedry

         Why? Existing VZW LTE phones use a dual chip design already. What’s preventing the use of a global CDMA/GSM chip with an LTE chip? The SIM can be used by both chips.

        • Anonymous

          That’s just simply not how the system was designed in the 1st Gen CDMA/LTE run. It’s in the works for 2nd gen and should be here soon, maybe even in the new global jetpacks Verizon is showing off here at CES but it wouldn’t be in D4.

          • Jedry

             That’s unfortunate. I guess I’ll be passing on the D4. Thanks for the info.

          • Benjamin Clay

            Hey Zepfloyd, will you get an official confirmation on the ‘no global’ thing for Droid4 while you’re at CES?  I’ve been holding my company off for last 8 weeks because I thought Droid4 would be global.  If its not, I have to get Droid 3 or Iphone4S

          • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

            LTE is basically GSM 4G.

            I’m not sure why can’t they just use a CDMA transceiver PLUS a GSM/LTE transceiver.

          • Anonymous

            told to look online. (clearly they have no idea)

          • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

            But why use CDMA/GSM plus LTE when you can just use two receivers, one CDMA (CDMA plus EV-DO) and GSM (2G EDGE + 3G WCDMA/HSPA + 4G LTE)?

          • Anonymous

            Verizon is using CDMA with eHRPD handoff to 700mhz GSM LTE radio only. The radio baseband is not built to look for other 2/3G standards or frequencies. Word on the street is mid year for CDMA/LTE with 3G GSM abroad.

            D4 is just a Razr with a keyboard. Internals are the same.

        • Lazerus

          This is what I heard from a supposed Moto insider at Howard Forums. He did provide info on the D4 before Droid-Life. Also, the D4′s FCC documents specifically say it has global GSM. So I guess VZW doesn’t like something about it in order for them to disable it.

      • jesr

        zepfloyd that’s not true. Actually lte radios have a lot more problems with wifi, for instance. The Bionic had both lte and gsm radios, although vz had the gsm turned off.

    • GlobalGuy

       No global 4G slider then no money for Moto.

      • Dan

         If this is true then I’m passing on the D4. If Moto releases a D4G in a few months then I’ll be passing on Moto phones all together.

        Moto should have waited until they are able to make a global CDMA/GSM/LTE device. That’s what I thought why the D3 was 3G only. I guess I was wrong.

        Software support will just get worse with all these phones.

        • Mathers

           I don’t mind the release of all these smartphones but I do care about if it means shorter software support for existing devices. That seems to be the case with the D3 not being on the official list of phones getting ICS. I don’t have the time to flash ROMs and radios or even keep up to date on it so the locked bootloader issue doesn’t concern me. I could get the Nexus but I really need both the physical and software keyboards.

      • Matteo

        There is no reason why a dual chip design shouldn’t work. Either CDMA/GSM + LTE or CDMA + GSM/LTE. Maybe VZW is having major issues with their LTE integration and are calling on chip makers to implement workarounds.

    • Prime7

      Global is probably being held back for next month’s revision.

    • Anonymous

      I’m still waiting for unlocked bootloaders…Sadly it seems as though the deceived us again…But I am only planing on buying this if it has global features, I own the OG, D2G, and D3G and want to adopt the D4 into the family but not without the Global.

  • Csd

    i guess coming weeks means feb 2nd, wish it would come out before then my og droid is pretty much dead and i need a keyboard and 4g

  • Koeppen_04

    4430 or 4460?

    • Michael Forte

      Probably 4430 like the Razr, just overclocked to 1.2 GHz 

      • Koeppen_04

        bummer :(

      • Koeppen_04

        I honestly hate moto blur, i think that and lg has the worst skins, i hate skins ingeneral. HTC Sense looks great but functionally sux

        • Anonymous

          Blur was utter crap; bottom of the barrel type stuff. But the skin on the RAZR is actually quite nice. Never thought I would praise a Moto skin, but there it is.

          • MrWolf

            Agreed.  The Razr interface is shockingly…acceptable.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    physical keyboards = no thanks

    • Anonymous

      so just look at the other 90% of the phones out there. jesus, folks are just trying to be pricks

  • Lgreg64

    they have to come in no more then 199 with the new LG at 199

    • Sdg7

      they seemed fine releasing the xyboard with high prices when the transformer was out there, and cheaper. 

    • Anonymous

      Does the new LG have a physical keyboard and LTE?  Didn’t think so.

      This will be $299 like every other Verizon flagship phone.  Count on it.

      • Lotus

         Hope not. That’s just Moto taking advantage of their slider monopoly.

        • Nobody Youknow

          Motorola doesn’t price the phones to the consumer, Verizon does.  

      • Lgreg64

        the new lg will be 199. its seems VZW is dropping prices on high end phones.

  • http://twitter.com/macpro88 Jake L.

    Locked bootloader? No thanks…

    Can’t stand the hype for all these Motorola phones.

    Sure, hardware is great, but hey, hardware is nothing without decent software, and Motorola has shown us that with the Bionic and Razr.

    And this whole unlock moto campaign? People, if you keep buying the product, they aren’t going to care about our stupid bootloaders!

    • Anonymous

      I agree on the bootloader count, but I have to disagree on the RAZR software. It really is outstanding (for once in Moto’s life they did software right).

    • Anonymous

      that’s because most don’t. This phone has the greatest likelyhood of being my next phone as I’m past my 2 year mark on my droid 1 already and on the sidelines until I’m ready to buy. could not care less about a bootloader.

      • Anonymous

        ha ha – you might when Moto and VZW stop support for it 6 months from now and your only option is a custom ROM

        • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

          Moto’s never stopped support after 6 months for a droid branded device before? why would they start now?

          • Anonymous

            Is the D3 getting ICS?

          • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

            We’ll see, but why assume it isn’t…? not like it’s a Samsung or something.

        • Anonymous

          I have a droid 1. no custom anything just regular old 2.2.3. I can assure you I’ll be fine. Not even sure what ‘option’ I would need to even look for

  • Sporttster

    Need to really keep pushing them to unlock their friggin bootloaders like they had said they would!!!!

  • Joe

    I’ll stick with my GSM Galaxy Nexus, thank you very much.

    • Anonymous

      An article comes out about a CDMA slider QWERTY phone, and you tout your GSM candybar.

      Your story is cool, bro.

  • Joe

    Looks too much like the RAZR from the front.  Lame. 

  • Anonymous

    And yet ANOTHER phone with Gingerbread. I know ICS is new but damn they delayed it already why not release it with ICS?

    New year for Moto, same sad song

    • Anonymous

      People need to be more realistic.  No phone with a manufacturer framework is going to come out with ICS out of the box until at least March.

      • Anonymous

        Wouldn’t you agree that ICS preloaded would give this phone an edge? That’s all I’m saying.

        Yes – there are people who like physical keyboards, but let’s face it not many will buy this phone.

        • http://twitter.com/55938 MrSix

          That’s not a very good edge though…The Razr and GSII for example both outperform the Nexus in most common tasks, so that makes just having ICS at launch to have ICS at launch kinda useless….unless you just gotta have face unlock right now.
          I’d rathe they just get the damn thing out now, maybe by the time ICS matures a little more there’ll be an advantage for devices being released with it.

          • Anonymous

            If you’re saying ICS isn’t better that’s your opinion – there’s lots to like about it, lots of new features – face unlock is a gimmick anyway.

            ICS is also brand new, it will take a little while to iron everything out. With that said, the GNex runs great – fast and smooth.

          • DBK

            Way to miss the point. He’s saying that just because the phone has ICS doesn’t make it a better phone. And there is actually proof out there (google it) that the Razr and the GSII outperform the GNex in some areas, so that’s not an opinion, but fact.

            The point is that without the hardware to properly compliment it, having ICS on an average smartphone at launch (of the software) is a waste of the software and of your money (sacrificing hardware for software is always a mistake – especially when you can get the software relatively soon). Better to get top of the line hardware and wait for a more mature, updated version of the software.

    • http://www.sfneonline.org SFNE Online

      Most phones finally got Gingerbread in the summer. ICS will probably be the same…

      • Anonymous

        That would stink.

    • Anonymous

      You can bitch at Moto for not releasing this with ICS the moment any other manufacturer comes out with a non-nexus ICS phone.

      • Anonymous

        That somehow makes it okay? :p lol

  • Michael Forte

    I guess if I still liked physical keyboards I might have been interested. Then again, I’m swearing off Moto phones from now on until they unlock their bootloaders.