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Exclusive: First Pictures of the Motorola DROID RAZR HD

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  • Guest

    What about the screen size? 4.7″????

    Or a standard, common, small 4.3″? Made even smaller by tying up valuable screen space with buttons.

    • Most sources point to a 4.7″ screen, which will end up being around 4.3 of usable space when the onscreen buttons are taken into account.
      On a side note, its hilarious when 4.3″ was “huge” not 18 months ago.

  • nightscout13

    Will it run Crysis?

  • radiohead14

    i need this to come out before VZW screws us out of our unlimited. i don’t like how the S3, a phone i’m not really interested in getting, seems like the only option right now for me. i get that motorola doesn’t want to compete with the S3’s hype, but i think that once they announce the Razr HD.. a lot of people will see this as the better phone.

    ps.. i love how there’s no hump in the back now. looks sleek

    • Josh Nichols

      It won’t come out before unlimited is killed. It will be the better phone until you decide you want blur gone, in which case it will suck.

      • radiohead14

        i watched motorola’s demo of the new blur. i actually like it. they didn’t seem to stray away from stock ICS much, unlike Sense (which i do like also – still have my OG Incredible – but i need a change).

        • Josh Nichols

          I have nothing against blur 😉 it’s just when the time comes and you don’t want to look at it anymore.. you’ll be SoL unfortunately

          • Not really. The Razr actually has quite a few ROMs and themes available. Not even close to the GNex of course, but its enough for the crackflashers out there. The DroidHive guys especially have done a phenomenal job so far.

          • Big_EZ

            Why? I don’t have moto blur on my RAZR Maxx, what will be different. Please don’t say locked bootloader because my locked down Maxx and my old Droid X run ICS and my old UNLOCKED t bolt still can’t get ICS working.

      • MooleyBooleyTroll

        New MotoICE is what AOSP should have been.

        • I don’t know about all that, but its definitely less obtrusive than any other solution offered on a mobile phone so far.

        • Josh Nichols

          Not at all.

  • soremekun

    I will try to wait it out but I am not going to lose out to unlimited data just for this phone. My preference is this over the GS3. But, I will get the GS3 to keep my unlimited.

  • jak_341

    Locked bootloaders and Blured out? No thanks. My GNEX is serving me well. You would be better of with the GS3 than this trash.

  • 2 months away? Why bother at that point. People will have bought Galaxy S3 or iPhone 5 by then. #EpicFail

    • Try Again

      Except that the i*hone 5 won’t be out until Sept/Oct.

    • Tyler Chappell

      Agree, especially considering by the time this phone gets released, it will have been in another market ages ago. And it’s just as horrendous to look at as every other moto phone.

  • r0lct

    I really hope the ATT version hits first and embarrasses Verizon with their contrived release schedule.

    • Josh Nichols

      Makes no sense. People aren’t going to switch to AT&T when Verizon will be getting the SAME PHONE. Carrier fanboyism is super lame.

      • r0lct

        What it’s with people’s obsession with thinking every carrier comment is about people switching?

        It would point out Verizon holds up phones for no good reason. Same way ATT shamed them at charging $300 for an LTE phone that ATT sells for $200 and now does the same.

  • faganm24

    I wonder what the front looks like.

  • I’m still trying to catch my breath….Thank you Kellex!

  • I wonder if it will be sporting an OMAP5

    • Josh Nichols

      Snapdragon S4.

  • Destroythanet

    On-screen nav keys = good, non-removable battery = bad.

    • Rob

      it’s a 3300 mAh battery, when will you ever need to swap a new one in there…?

      • XvierX

        Has that battery been confirmed anywhere yet? I got the razr then dumped it for maxx. I’d rather not play that game again.

  • wickets

    I like the full kevlar and the missing bump and i think its Uber cool that they dont have any physical buttons (cant believe s3 took no hint about that from galaxy nexus….wtf???). For us non techies who start falling asleep at the mere mention of “unlock” this phone i think is going to blow the s3 away

    • Larizard

      if there is one reason that makes me confident of getting the Nexus and not waiting for the S3, it’s the home button. It’s a step back from the Android design philosophies and a step close to another Apple lawsuit.

  • Not real. there isn’t a huge hump on the top of the phone lol

  • Dr_Buttballs


    Also…why is the finger blurred out on the second picture?

  • Any word on what that Silver bar is in the last pic?

    • NKTizzle

      Micro-SIM/MicroSD card slot.

  • End of summer is far too long to wait.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Disappointing that the design cues Moto has been using are disappearing. Moto was the only OEM doing a fairly unique hardware design. Now it’s just another rounded rectangle.

    • mustbepbs

      I think it’s a pretty attractive looking device. The full kevlar on the back looks unique and it looks really thin. I like it.

    • The cropped corners are still there, just not as pronounced as the Razr/D4. I really like it actually. Would love to see the front of the device

  • ck

    So it looks like the back plate is not removable huh? I replaced the battery in my Droid X after 18 months and it was like a whole new phone… not sure if I want to give up on that option.

    • bakdroid

      Welcome to the future. Non-removable batteries now, soon no external SD cards.

  • Liderc

    I like that they’ve made it more uniform, losing the camera hump goes a long way. On screen buttons is a huge leap for them as well, hope that it gets released that way. The shiny plastic rim around the camera dates it a bit, but I like it centered.

  • peege

    What’s the screen size?

  • MikeG

    I’ll be peeved if they just got rid of the nav keys just to make the bezel bigger.

    • chris125

      Probably huge bezel like on RAZR.

  • RedOne1

    The Bionic is out of stock. I don’t know if this has anything to do with the RAZR HD but, I look at this phone and it looks like a Bionic replacement.


  • Another Moto Post… another 10,000 people asking about the Bootloader… come on people. Get over it and Buy Samsung. PLEASE.

    • trollalalala =D but no really… HTC or Samsung. Looks pretty slick, but it won’t be unlockable. No need to wonder. I’m certainly going to show this to the wife. she doesn’t root/rom.

    • JoshGroff

      I’d take HTC or Motorola build quality over Samsung’s any day, you can lock down my phone all you want, I’ll stick to modding my Xoom LTE.

      I’d like my phone to get a signal thank you very much. Even if it means I can’t toy with it.

      • I don’t have any signal issues… but to each their own. I’d never buy a locked device cause I like to tinker. I don’t care that they lock them, because i don’t buy them. I guess I should stop getting annoyed at people that still wonder if they are locked. Also, Blur sucks. =D

        • sgtguthrie

          I thought ICS Blur looked very minimal actually. Did you watch the videos? Doesn’t look bad actually…I’m with you, I’d never buy a locked down device. I hold on to hope that they will unlock them now that they’re owned by Google though 😉

    • sgtguthrie

      I’d rather have Motorola, but won’t as long as bootloaders are locked. Now with a “Googler” CEO, it could likely change. I post it everywhere because it’s important to me in a device, just like there are a gazillion posts about the camera on the Galaxy Nexus, or the screen on the Razr Maxx, or Sense and small batteries on HTC, or radios on most Samsung devices, etc. I see it as the one place that Motorola devices really fall short, so I express it. If you don’t like it, don’t read the comments on Motorola devices because you know it will be there. Sounds like you like Samsung devices anyway 😉

      Oh ya, I WILL continue to post about bootloaders in most Motorola articles I see, wherever I see them. I’ll also always mention bootloaders on their Twitter and Facebook pages too!!! UNLOCK MOTO!!!!!!!!!!

      • Josh Nichols

        Google and Motorola Mobility are operated as separate entities. Nothing will change.

        • sgtguthrie

          I’m sure they’ll stay “separate”, but that doesn’t mean Google won’t have any interest in seeing them succeed. They can still be operated separately, but with some directives from Google. Especially with a Googler CEO 😉

          • Agreed. The new CEO is straight from Google, with a track record of increasing profits. If he thinks unlocking bootloaders will increase sales, you bet he’ll do it.
            Not to mention, they can allay the fears of the enterprise crowd by still encrypting their bootloaders, and only offering unlock through their encrypted servers based on MEID. If you want your BL locked permanently, you just tie that MEID to a business account and POOF, no more worries. I you encourage most serious businesses to use the device with encrypted data partitions (a standard feature on Moto phones), once the phone is factory reset during the unlock, all the encrypted data is permanently lost. Win-win.

      • And you’re even more naive to think that google wants to make motorola their own personal device manufacturer. Thats bad business for android to team up with a specific OEM. If you think that Google bought Moto for anything other than patents, you’re naive. 😉

      • Also, I love moto devices. But i’ll never buy one again. I’ve owned D1, DX, then I quit. Bought HTC and Samsung.

  • Buying it with or without the unlocked bootloader.

  • Looks Rectangular… Looks like an iPhone… /me watches Apple sue.

  • YourFriend

    I chuckled a bit when I saw that this guy censored out his fingers as if they’ll be able to identify him from it.

    • Mike

      lol, exactly. unless the guy is notorious at the moto office for always having poo under his nails or something.

      • Josh Nichols

        I thought you were going to say something like never cutting his fingernails.. didn’t see that poo coming

      • Philip A. Kaiser

        Just blasted a little milk out.my nose. Thanks for that! Lol

    • Josh Nichols

      He has this mark on his index finger. It’s the only index finger in the world with this mark.

  • Pill kozby

    If I can’t put a micro SD card in it I’ll pass

    • bakdroid

      It is not a samsung or HTC so you will be fine.

      • but…the SG3 has SD slot

        • bakdroid

          Yea, but it hasn’t released yet. Samsung’s current crop Gnex, NexS, etc. do not.

          • chris125

            That is because of Google. Their s2 and previous phoned have had SD slot.

          • Josh Nichols

            Those are Google phones.

          • indeed

    • NKTizzle

      You can. Supports up to 64gb.

  • TD

    Looks like a nice phone although I one because of the bootloader policy

  • Tommy Thompson

    Why not just use an MHL port instead of Micro USB and Micro HDMI?

    • bakdroid

      MHL is garbage. USB and HDMI are standards. MHL is samsung/apple (samapple) proprietary crap.

      • Tommy Thompson

        From what I read, it’s a proposed industry standard…not proprietary..

      • HTC_Rezound

        My HTC Rezound has MHL…works like a charm too

    • MHL means more wear and tear on the one port which worries me, and I hate the idea of having to buy a dongle, where a simple cord could accomplish the same thing on every Moto phone since the DroidX

      • Tommy Thompson

        Thanks for giving an actual answer. Do all MHL ports need an adapter? Guessing they don’t make a micro USB to HDMI?

        • The adapter tells the phone that the MHL port needs to change to HDMI output mode, rather than its default USB mode. I suppose in theory you could create an MHL to HDMI cable, but dongles have a higher profit margin, and then the consumer needs to purchase an HDMI cable as well. Nickle and diming accessories, my friend.

  • chris125

    The ports are on the side not bottom.

    • bakdroid

      Pretty sure he meant bottom, side not bottom side. Punctuation is import.ant.

      • Joshua and Bristol Kantor

        there’s a difference between:

        ‘let’s eat grandma!’
        ‘let’s eat, grandma!’

        punctuation saves lives!

      • I see what you did there….

      • chris125

        Your comment makes no sense…

        • Josh Nichols

          I concur.

        • bakdroid

          That is because you are illiterate. Bottom side indicates that it is on the bottom of the phone. Bottom, side indicates it is on the side at the bottom, i.e. kellex wrote it incorrectly.

          • chris125

            Yet I could read the other comments so must not be illiterate. Nice try though:)

          • bakdroid

            reading != comprehension

      • chris125

        Go back and read the article and you will see he said bottom side- not bottom,side.

        • bakdroid

          Go back and read my comment. Clearly I state what he meant, i.e. he was wrong what he wrote.

    • Ubi2447

      yes. but they’ve done that on most of these since the Droid X. I’m not too suprised/

      • chris125

        I know but kellex said its on bottom when they aren’t.

    • mustbepbs

      I was going to mention this that the article is a little misleading until you look at the picture. I was like…the bottom? How is that any bett…OH the bottom SIDE!

  • 2months? Unfortunate. Like these specs more than the SIII. However I hope it’s better to hold than the Droid Razrs out now. Those are completely uncomfortable to hold, much too wide.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      2 Months is unfortunate Because at the end of August all i’ll be thinking about is the New Nexus Line of phones.

    • slops

      but it’s arriving sooner than we all think..

      apparently we all thought april/may and moto through december.

    • The Galaxy Nexus is gonna be just as wide if not wider than the Razr

      • chris125

        Nexus isn’t as wide as RAZR…..

      • sgtguthrie

        Did you mean Galaxy S3?

      • Josh Nichols

        The Nexus AND S3 are all less wide than the RAZR..

        • Not by any meaningful amount. If the Razr is too wide, it’s safe to say the Nexus is too wide, I don’t know about the GS3 but if it’s Nexus sized, which I assume it is, then it’s the same thing.

          EDIT: The Nexus is 67.9 mms wide vs 68.9 for the Razr, that’s 1 MILLIMETER of difference. That amounts to pretty much no difference. And the Galaxy S3 is 70.6 mm wide

          • Liderc

            The Razr has awkward straight edges, that’s why it feels wider. The Nexus has rounded edges so they rest a bit better in hand.

          • Since I don’t death-clutch my phones I felt no difference and I could tell they were about the same width. And the real problem with a wide phone no matter how rounded its edges are is that it makes 1 handed operation more difficult. Yeah the rounded corners and curves make the Nexus more comfortable to grip, but at the end of the day numbers are numbers, and the Nexus is just as wide.

          • Liderc

            There’s a difference between square edges and round edges, I think you can agree to that at least.

            Due to how thin the Razr is(not the maxx), you have to actually hold the edges instead of it laying in hand, which makes the square sides feel wider.

          • sure
            but I don’t agree with the rest of that. I don’t own the normal razr but I have played around with plenty of them at the Verizon stores, and I had no trouble letting it lay in my hand.
            And again since the important part to me is when you have to start reaching with your thumb, both just feel as wide to em as the other.

          • The rest of the shape is important as well. The Razr has sharper edges (no pun intended), so it FEELS wider, especially with its insanely thin frame.

          • I disagree. I[‘m sure depending on how you hold them the Razr digs into your skin more, but I don’t agree that it feels wider for any reason, at least not to me.
            Besides, he said nothing about feel. Width is something you can measure with numbers, and of course you can make something feel less wide than it is, but still the Nexus is just about as wide, and the GS3 is wider.

          • chris125

            razr is to wide due to how it is made with the square look. Hold a phone like the one x and then hold a razr you will see what people mean.

          • I have held the OneX, doesn’t change anything from my point of view.

    • RAZR_is_too_Wide

      Definitely, the RAZR was a horrible design- way too wide! The Rezound is a perfect size to hold, hopefully this one is similar to the Rezound.

  • chris125

    The big question… any word on bootloader?

    • My thoughts exactly…if this puppy comes with an unlocked bootloader and I can get AOSP/AOKP on it…oh yeah!!

      • chris125

        Or at least unlock them like they promised awhile ago

      • Even with locked bootloaders, the DroidHive devs have gotten fully functional AOSP ROMs on the Razr ICS leaks. And with a working kexec, they can even run custom kernels. So, really, unlocking would just be for convenience at this point.

      • Josh Nichols

        It won’t have an unlocked bootloader.

  • Data

    If only you arrived sooner. Using my final upgrade on the sgs3….not ready to start paying full retail just yet.

    • Aryeh Hersh

      Should be able to wait it out – worse come to worse if its not out before unlimited is dead ill just grab the sgs3.

      • sgtguthrie

        Ditto, but I also will choose the S3 over the Razr HD if the bootloader isn’t unlocked or unlockable like a nexus 😉

        • Josh Nichols

          It won’t be.

          • sgtguthrie

            You know that as a fact? Or are you just speculating…

          • Josh Nichols

            What Motorola device save the Droid 1 has an unlocked bootloader on Verizon? People think that because Motorola is owned by Google now that magically the bootloaders will be unlocked. They’re still separate entities.

          • While true, as stated before, there’s no reason that their stance on bootloaders won’t shift along with the massive change in the upper corporate structure.

          • sgtguthrie

            Yes, but the CEO of Motorola is a Googler! I don’t think they’ll unlock previous devices, but going forward I think they will. If not with the Razr HD, in the next iteration of devices. Don’t think for a minute that Google won’t be (officially or unofficially) sticking their noses into motorola and giving them some directives. Motorola was failing financially before the buyout. They certainly aren’t going to just let them fail. They have a vested interest…

          • Josh Nichols

            Yes they have a vested interest.. in their patents.

          • sgtguthrie

            Oh ya, buy the way Motorola Xoom was like a Nexus 🙂

          • BY the way, Xoom was technically a nexus tablet. You think if the xoom had a skin it’d be unlockable via fastboot? Come one man…

          • BY the way, Xoom was technically a nexus tablet. You think if the xoom had a skin it’d be unlockable via fastboot? Come on man…

        • Why choose the S3 over the RAZR HD because of a locked bootloader. Is the S3’s bootloader going to be unlocked?

          • sgtguthrie

            Samsung doesn’t lock any bootloaders. I like to tinker and have FULL control over my device that I PURCHASE. I refuse to buy a locked down device. I speak not only on blogs and forums, but with my wallet too 😉

          • @sgtguthrie:disqus Then I stand corrected. My brother-in-law had a Galaxy S & had a ton of issues trying to root & ROM it, so I assumed it was locked down.

          • sgtguthrie

            It wasn’t, he must have been new to root and modding…it’s all good 🙂

          • Michael Alvarado

            MOTO=BAD A** RADIO’S

  • HUGE, but, sounds powerful, as it should be.

  • chris125

    Glad they moved away from the ugly hump.

  • Finally, a Motorola phone I am interested in. Keep the info coming!

  • Johngi


  • Liderc

    Kevlar again?

    Overall looks better than the Razr, but the Kevlar is just so gaudy.

  • I’d be willing to give up my unlimited plan if they’d just unlock the bootloader!

    • trixnkix637

      Let’s not get carried away sir

    • Josh Nichols

      They won’t..

  • looks pretty jazzy

  • speedysf

    Hmm…is it me or does the side resemble the metal band of the iphone?

  • That actually looks pretty nice.

  • Synaptic13

    Im in…lets pray for a unlocked bootloader program of some sort:-D

    • John

      In a perfect world, yes. In VZW’s world, not a chance in hell.

      • chris125

        Verizon has unlocked phones so its all moto.

        • Agreed. Play the blame game. HTC locks their sh*t up too… but at least they give you an unlock tool. You don’t see VZW telling HTC to disable HTCDev for VZW devices do you? Its all Moto. Nice phones, but eff em.

        • Diablo81588

          It’s a trade off. Verizon says “We’ll give you twice as much advertising if you lock the bootloader”. Is it Moto’s decision? Yes. But Verizon has large part of it also.

      • sgtguthrie

        Why not? Galaxy S3 won’t be locked on VZW, nor are any Samsung phones. Or LG, or Sony I believe. Either way, though VZW may prefer it, they obviously don’t require it. Motorola made the decision to lock AND encrypt their bootloaders. Now that their CEO is a “Googler”, I’m hopeful that will change. I think it will…

        • JoshGroff

          Motorola caters more to business and security than they do development, however, they do release developer devices such as the Xoom to satisfy the small percentage of people who actually care about their bootloaders.

          • sgtguthrie

            You have to remember that they’re OWNED by GOOGLE now…besides, locking a bootloader doesn’t increase security. On most of their devices with encrypted bootloaders they can be rooted with a 1 click root app. That’s more of a security concern than a bootloader any day 😉

            If a company says they don’t care about developers, they’re stupid. Who writes the apps that get installed on their device. As an OEM, you’d be stupid to not want your devices to be owned by developers. We all know developers like to tinker…

        • Actually while they are “owned” by Google, they still operate as Motorola Mobility. They operate as their own Company. Kinda like Kmart Buying Sears, but sears execs staying on to run Kmart and renaming to Sears Co… Only device you’ll ever see unlocked from Moto is a Nexus. Good luck with that.

          • Do you all really think a CEO cares about an unlocked or locked boot loader? Come on have some sense!

          • Larizard

            This fall. Mark your calendars. With other 4 Nexus devices. Trust me.

      • John

        I just like to blame s hit on verizon. Relax.

    • Good one!

    • Almighty phones gods we are gathered here today in prayer……

  • Not sure if want

  • Brett Henderson

    what the devil! The side looks like a Droid X

  • Torn whether I like that look or not…. Its growing on me, though…

  • Looks slick

  • John

    Why are these usually so damn blurry?



    • bakdroid

      Photo was taken by the GNex camera………bazinga!

      • John

        instantostrich . com

        • bakdroid

          Well played worthy adversary….

  • Michael Forte

    How much RAM I wonder?

    • Didn’t say. I’d be surprised if 2GB, but maybe Moto will see what Samsung is doing and try to match them.

  • Please google…please unlock the bootloader! I would buy this in an instant if it were unlocked and dev-friendly!

    • This

    • John

      edit: whoops. i was wrong, obviously.

      • chris125

        Except they all have a nexus with unlocked bootloaders…

        • Moto is never going to release anything with Blur that isn’t locked up. Its their crappy intellectual property that they are afraid of people using/manipulating. I find it insanely hard to believe that Verizon tells Sammy to leave their phones open while telling HTC and Moto to lock em up hardcore.

          • the only thing that the bootloader lock does realistically is keep people from mucking with the kernel, mbr, ebr, stock recovery, and radios. Which 99.9% of owners should leave alone anyway, as they are the only real way to hard brick your phone.
            Blur is just a skin, and becoming smaller and less intrusive with each iteration.
            Moto encrypts their bootloaders because they proabably didn’t want to half-ass it like other manufacturers, and provide the apparent security to lure their enterprise partners into buying their device.

          • I agree with nothing except the security for their enterprise partners =D. I know what the bootloader lock does. Its just a slap in the face. They took a “free” OS, made it crappy with blur and shat it out onto awesome devices that we can’t touch (regardless of how damn impressive 2nd init is, I refuse to call anything on a Moto a “ROM”.. Its a heavily modfied system… period). Why even post kernel source? No one can mess with it? Trust me. I love Moto Hardware. I’d buy Moto phones. If I didn’t disagree with a locked device using an Open OS.

          • Tyler N

            Motorola Atrix… We have real ROMS… Nuff said.

          • Mike M really just hates Motorola and Blur. Pay him no attention.

          • Exactly right (re. enterprise partners) – but it would take a simple program to unlock the thing, or a FXZ file with an unlocked bootloader included. It’s not like they would have to hand us a copy of the encryption keys in plain text in order to accomplish the unlock. What I envision is a system where the warranty simply becomes void once the bootloader is unlocked, and the device becomes ineligible for enterprise use.

          • The Droid X may as well be locked up. That last update really did us in!!

          • MicroNix

            LOL, you’ll never catch me stealing Blur. With an unlocked bootloader and rootable phone, Blur would be the first thing wiped from that phone!!!!!!!!!!! As a matter of fact, I’ll send them their whole rom on a backup if they want it.

          • michael arazan

            lol, people stealing blur. I wished someone would steal blur and post it all over the internet for everyone to see use, or what ever. That would force motorola to scrap it hopefully.

      • sgtguthrie

        And every Samsung phone ever on their network for that matter. They never lock bootloaders!

      • MicroNix

        So how is it that HTC is unlocking nearly every device they put out including ones on Verizon?

    • Josh Nichols

      Google and Motorola’s handset division are still separate entities..

      • sgtguthrie

        Yes, but with Google has a vested interest in them succeeding. You know they’ll either officially or unofficially give their directives to the CEO THEY APPOINTED who has previously worked for Google. If you really think Google will not stick their noses into Motorola (again officially or unofficially) you’re naive 😉

        • Guest

          Your naive to think google or Motorola has any choice in the matter. At the end of the day it is up to the network, not the phone maker.

          • guest12

            Google has alot more pull then the networks Motorola too but if you were any company you wouldn’t want to be on googles bad side. I feel if Google did push the issue then Verizon or any other carrier would cave as android does bring in more revenue that the alternatives out their.

        • Trueblue711

          If Google couldn’t get Verizon to budge with a few things on the Galaxy Nexus, I don’t think they’re gonna have much more success using Motorola.

    • BAoxymoron

      I will buy full price if this bootloader is unlocked

    • Guest

      With 100s of *THOUSANDS* of apps already available… I just don’t need to unlock my device anymore. (Just to gain access to the VERY few additional things it would allow me to do.)