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Verizon Finally Announces DROID 4 Availability, Hitting Stores Friday for $199

Verizon confirmed this morning what we reported last week, the DROID 4 will be available this Friday (February 10) for $199 on new 2-year contract. The device is the first 4G LTE device with a slideout keyboard and dual-core processor, making this the option for those that can’t live with an on-screen keyboard only and want something fairly future-proofed. We have had our hands all over this device, something you will want to check out if you are in the market for a new smartphone.

And that’s that.  

DROID 4 By Motorola Ready To Work And Play On The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

Power, Speed and Reliability Get the Job Done

BASKING RIDGE, NJ — The award winning DROID 4 by Motorola will be available to handle even the most demanding lifestyles starting Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com. Introduced at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show (CES), the DROID 4 is the thinnest and most powerful 4G QWERTY smartphone measuring at less than half an inch thin. DROID 4 not only features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark. Powered by America’s fastest, most reliable 4G network, DROID 4 customers will have access to 4G LTE coverage in 195 markets covering more than 200 million people.

Additional features

  • Verizon Wireless 4G LTE – Customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Business Ready

DROID 4 is designed to help customers get more done. Business professionals can impress their audience by presenting to a conference room full of potential customers in a snap by plugging the DROID 4 into an HDTV and presenting directly from the phone. Professionals can also combine the DROID 4 with the Lapdock 500 and its 14-inch display to create a full-featured mobile office. They can download documents, make edits using Lapdock’s full keyboard and email the updated documents to colleagues or customers. The Lapdock even features a built-in webcam so customers can attend virtual meetings and manage their business face-to-face.

The Smart Actions app on the DROID 4 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.

Business professionals can leave their laptops behind and use the MotoCast™ app to remotely stream documents, videos, music and pictures from their work or home computers to their handset. The remote access of MotoCast eliminates the need to store documents on the handset as everything is stored on their office laptop.

Pricing and availability

  • DROID 4 by Motorola will be available on Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online atwww.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
  • The Lapdock 500 is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $299.97.
  • Customers that purchase a DROID 4 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

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. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 108.7 million total wireless connections, including 92.2 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 82,000 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, visitmotorola.com/mobility.

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  • Dlfarris7507

    does anyone know if there will be an extended battery???

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=75200646 Stephen Cox

    Almost read over the “with a dual core processor” part and was gonna start a flame war lol…

    My Stratosphere doesn’t have dual cores, but it does everything I want it to do (including games) and is UNLOCKED. Yay for custom kernels, recovery, and ROMs!

  • duke69111

    I’ve already upgraded, but I am happy to see that the phone is being released at 199 with some good specs. 

  • J Dub

    What would make this a great device? If it had the battery of the Razr Maxx. That and get rid of Blur, unlock the bootloader, and release with ICS. 

    • Anonymous

      and ponies, lots of ponies

  • Anonymous

    Disappointing that it’s a Pentile LCD display.  I expected it to be SAMOLED like the RAZRs.  Probably the same display that’s in the Droid 3 then, which looked awful.  OG Droid/Droid 2 had a much better display despite being smaller and lower res.  The back light was really uneven on the D3 and you could see diagonal lines everywhere. The RAZR’s display isn’t much better though, it really only fixed the back light issue and had better contrast.

  • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

    Once it gets the Global capability, I’m buying it (full retail of course, because these aren’t available neither in Japan nor in Europe).

    Since I do need to upgrade from my DROID2 GLOBAL. It’s a great phone, but I’d really like a dual core device.

  • Raven

    This would be my next phone, but waiting to see what is out when my NE2 is up in September.
    Maybe there will be a Droid 5 by then :-)

  • Anonymous

    Wish this thing did not have a locked bootloader. Want a slider so bad. Would stop using the Nexus for an unlocked Droid!

    • http://profiles.google.com/thelolotov Jacob Davis

      I’m curious, where did we find out the bootloader is locked? I don’t doubt it, I just don’t see any proof, and I’d like to hold out some hope.

  • Jslafarr

    im not bashing the phone – my OG droid – RIP – was one of the best phones ive ever had…then of course it went all downhill from there – but that bottom bezel hideous. horrendous.   

  • Baranauskasb

    Lol, 5-12 Mb/s average, that’s weak. My tmobile galaxy s2 has a 20-26 Mb/s average with a 36Mb/s peak.

  • http://twitter.com/shaneplawson Shane Lawson

    pass on this wait for the pro or maxx edition

  • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony

    I just don’t like moto blur. hard to get excited over a phone when you have the galaxy nexus

    • Anonymous

      Hard to get excited over the Galaxy Nexus, when it doesn’t have a physical keyboard.

  • Dolphfins2000

    The droid 4 isn’t late in the game, when it comes to Verizon and Motorola they believe they are ahead which is why your seeing qhd screen still, dual core, and 2.3 gingerbread. Everyone with a razr, bionic, charge, and the new droid 4 will be lucky to see ice cream sandwich by the end of the summer. As far as a 720p hd screen, quad core and ICS on a Motorola phone at launch on Verizon your looking at end of the year, early next year. It’s just the way these companies and android work. Every android phone out is outdated with hardware and the current OS but that’s ok because we the customers keep buying and upgrading. Hell 5.0 jellybean will be out before the newest droid 4 gets ICS. It’s been this way forever now.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_LJGNGFI62VA6CSFRK3TPCRLFQU John Galt

    Zomg…. the g-nex is like 1 billion times better.  That’s with a b.  Yeah, I said it.  It’s a billion times better.  The Razor is only like 100 times better that this phone..  yeah, thats a 1 with two 0s after it. So that means the g-nex is like a ten-million times better than the Razor.  The Krazor is going to top them all.  my espn is on it.  i know it. 

    P.S. suck it moto.

    • Anonymous

      Please see my reply to PDubya below…

      PS – Go buy an iPhone, I think you’d fit in with the crowd. Yeah, I just said that!

      • Charlesincharge

        h8rs gonna h8….

    • Jslafarr

      +1 ^

  • Skennedy412

    OH. MY. GOD!!!!!!

  • Ahsan

    Droid 4 developer edition MAXX will be announced shortly.

    • Anonymous

      Seriously, I will be holding out a few months to see if a MAXX version will be coming along. Of course, I’ll also be on the lookout for what any other OEMs may offer in the meantime.

    • Zachary Manville

      I agree, yet I remeber last week when I said this and was called a troll. Where are they all now?

      • redville

         you’d actually still be a troll till it happens…

    • Jack

      troll

  • Anonymous

    Droid Razor Xeyboard.

  • Bluebanzai

    FINALLY WOOOOOO!

  • PDubya

    Poor D4. Its so late to the game. Unless someone is a true diehard of the slider, everyone former OG upgrader should have chosen a Razr, Maxx, or G’Nex by now.

    • Anonymous

      Why bother posting if the article isn’t about your beloved slab phones. Seriously, you guys have been getting as bad as the Apple fanbois lately… you should be ashamed of yourselves. There are still a good number of us that enjoy the additional functionality of a slider, and we don’t appreciate your snide remarks when one of very few sliders are released.

      • Barnaby

        Whoa there turbo!

      • Spanky

        Go get some coffee before you continue to post….geesh

        • Anonymous

          I don’t think you comprehend quite how absolutely annoying it is to see the trolling that goes on with every single one of these slider posts. ….geesh

          • Spanky

            I love sliders! I have a Gnex now but had a Droid 2 before it. I miss it sometimes. I just think we all need to be a little more friendly. GO D4!

      • J Dub

         Actually the only one listed that’s not late to the game is the G-Nex. All others are still running on an Android release from 2010. So slider or not they need to get with it and be like the OG. Have the latest OS at release.

        • http://profiles.google.com/johnthacker John Thacker

          I know people here go crazy for it, but I’m not sure that the average consumer really cares all that much about the difference in Android releases.  I can’t say that Froyo, for example, made a real stunning difference in my every day use of my phone.

          • TC Infantino

            Well, I did like the Froyo update for multi-touch functionality, and the great things it did for maps and navigation.  Not sure if Gingerbread ever came out officially for the OG Droid, but the custom GB ROMs were totally awesome.

    • http://profiles.google.com/johnthacker John Thacker

       I find it strange that people get so very upset about Verizon raising a typical introductory price for phones to $299, yet at the same time find it horrifying and bizarre that someone would wait and not upgrade their phone the minute the upgrade was available and only to a brand new top end phone, whatever the price.

      If you’re upset about Verizon introducing new high end phones at $299, you should want the $199 at introduction Droid 4 to be successful.  Insisting that all the cool people must upgrade as soon as possible regardless of price is begging for Verizon to raise prices.

    • Dliuzzo110

      Poor poor rezound. It saddens me that the (arguably) most powerful phone is so overlooked all the time. It seems like the raze all of a sudden became some sort of standard as “the” phone to have. Oh well. Say la vi

    • TC Infantino

      And don’t forget the Rezound…unlockable and rootable as well. 

  • Anonymous

    What GPU is in this thing? My droid 3 has the PowerVR SGX 540 which is a giant piece of crap. I’m going to have to go hands on to see if this is in any way worth it but I have a good feeling that I will be waiting until MWC or later to get a real next gen phone not just something with LTE stuffed in it.

  • Tim Swann

    hate to break it to you, but Thursday is the 9th…Friday is the 10th

    • Spanky

      Yea its coming out Thriday…

    • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

      I’m just so used to typing “Thursday” with Verizon. :P

  • Barnaby

    Shnice!

  • Anonymous

    Uhhh, Thursday is the 9th… >.>

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    Every time I see Motoblur I want to kick something.

    • Anonymous

      Jha’s head comes to mind.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Sanjay!

        • Anonymous

          Precisely! :-)

        • Sanjay

           You do realize that you’d be kicking a few million Sanjay’s heads.

    • Anonymous

      Jha’s head comes to mind.