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Rumor: Motorola Releasing DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD in October?

According to a rumor out of a site called Hot Hardware, a “very reliable source” has indicated to them that Motorola is going to release both a DROID RAZR HD and a RAZR MAXX HD, but not until October. Their source was not able to confirm any specs, but Motorola employees have done a marvelous job of providing us with those through image hosting and benchmark sites. The FCC filing for the phone gave us some goods too, like the 2530mAh battery it will hold. This person with knowledge of the situation also mentioned that the launch could depend on how many regular RAZR and RAZR MAXX devices they sell leading into the fall season. That seems a bit odd, especially since that build is almost a year old, which is an eternity in the Android game. 

All I have to say, is that Motorola would be committing 2012 suicide if they wait until October to release this phone. We all know that Apple is going to drop a new iPhone on us in September, so if you want to make a splash and sell some units as an OEM, you better get whatever it is you’ve got out the door before that happens. And I don’t mean the week before, I mean like next week.

I’m also not sure that I’m fully buying into there being a RAZR MAXX HD, but then again, that beautiful 3300mAh battery that was tucked in the original RAZR MAXX is missing from the RAZR HD. Since massive battery life has been the number 1 selling point for the MAXX, we shouldn’t be surprised if Motorola does have a second model in their bag of tricks.

Thoughts?

Via:  Hot Hardware

Cheers Scott and Michael!

  • Bionic

    Here we go guys. Motorola is officially starting to be influenced by Google. They will produce fewer phones starting now. Motorola Nexus anyone?

    http://www.androidcentral.com/motorola-lay-employees-close-offices-and-focus-fewer-handsets

  • CJ Dong

    RAZR HD with 2530mAh battery, 1GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera (beat Iphone5)
    RAZR MAXX HD with 3300mAh battery, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera (Beat SGS3)

  • http://theblemish.com The Blemish

    I’m still waiting for Moto to make a premium phone like this for AT&T.

  • enerjak

    But you know what, now you can’t blame Motorola for releasing phones too quickly, right?

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    But where’s that Droid 5 tho? {{o_0}}

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=500698751 Paul Hansen

    I “might” get this regardless. I have this nasty habit of upgrading every 6 months. However, what I’m really curious to see is the Motorola Nexus. I get the feeling that Googorola is going to pull out all the stops on it and lay down the law.

    • Bionic

      The only nexus phone I would consider would be a Motorola. I’d love to see a RAZR hd maxx nexus

  • Lancestipher

    All I know is, my Droid X is still going strong after 2 years and is just as powerful and long lasting as all of the latest phones. If it had a front facing camera, I would be set for life. I said my piece, now I’m out of here.

    • Steve Benson

      You’re also a moron with that statement.

  • Marcus Schoen

    Just go get a RAZR V on Rogers, make sure it’s off contract and load it on Verizon. It has an HD screen of the colorboost type. Hence, RAZR HD

    • Alexander Garcia

      Curious now… Will Verizon allow you to do that? If so, that would be so nice. I really think that the RAZR V is a far more attractive phone.

      • smwandrie93

        no they will not it has to be verizon branded in order for it to be activated, or else it shows in their system as followed: “Non Verizon Device” and within 24 hours of activation it will loose all service and disconnect the line

  • jimingo

    But but I still love my sgs3

  • BaltiCzar

    Hmmmm….may have to a look at em when they come out. Probably will sell my Galaxy S3 and buy the Maxx HD full retail. Loving this S3 but the sub-par radio is getting on my last nerve. Not a fan of Moto’s locked bootloaders but that’s a trade off I’m personally willing to take to get a top-notch CDMA/LTE radio that gets me reception almost any damn place.

    • hkklife

      The combination of the slippery body, capacitive buttons, weak radio, Touchwiz,and atrocious battery life is really making me antsy to dumb my S3. But I love the camera and the big screen. I just don’t want a Moto phone in late 2012 with early 2012 specs.

      What I REALLY want is a S4Pro or T3+-based Moto Phablet. If ANYONE can make a Galaxy Note 2 killer, it would be Moto hardware atop vanilla or lightly Blurified JB.

  • Sam_K

    I’m not surprised that Motorola is trying to milk both the RAZR and RAZR MAXX for as long as they can because they’re probably making good margins on both devices. Generally the longer you manufacture something, the cheaper it becomes to manufacture it for a variety of reasons so Motorola’s margins have probably been increasing for the RAZR and RAZR MAXX unless they’ve reduced the price that they’re charging Verizon for both devices. Considering that Verizon is still selling the RAZR for $199 and the RAZR MAXX for $299 on contract means that sales are still strong and Verizon hasn’t needed to drop the price to maintain it’s good sales numbers. I’m curious to find out how much their sales have gone down since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S3.

    I agree with Kellex that Motorola would be “committing 2012 suicide” if they wait until October to release the RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD. If they release them now, they’ll only be competing with only one new flagship 4G LTE smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S3. If they wait until October then they’ll also be competing with the iPhone 5 and it won’t get as much attention and won’t sell as much.

  • enerjak

    Sucks that it’ll be pushed back. Glad there will be a MEGA battery. Hope it launches with JB instead of ICS. I’m still stoked and The maxx version will be my next phone.

  • Andrew

    So, is the RZR maxx that I have now not HD? It says HD 1080p beside the camera. And has HDMI hook up.

    • Keenan Singh

      That’s just the video recording through the camera. The HD for these phones is referring to the screen quality, which would be 1280 x 720 (720p) unlike the current Razr and Razr Maxx screen quality which is 960 x 540 (qHD), and the HDMI is for playing videos through your TV or some device.

  • Marlon06

    ehem.. why do I feel like every other week, there’s a Razor____ (fill in the blank) phone released.. I’m so confused.. :p

    • http://twitter.com/marker1015 MrSix

      well you should be, because as far as phones go there’s no such thing as a “Razor”…at least not from Motorola. They make multiple phones with the name Razr, but no Razors

    • http://twitter.com/jonathanM21 jonathanM21

      There’s the Razr and Razr Maxx, released since last year.

      There will be Razr HD and Razr HD Maxx, with a smaller Razr Micro for people who don’t love large screens.
      There, you’re all caught up.

    • Laki S.

      Really? You’re confused over two phones??

  • Larizard

    It’s crazy how when we talk about Motorola, we often forget that they are now a subsidiary of Google, Inc. Not much have changed in their strategy ever since the acquisition went final, so all I can assume is that these phones were already on the pipeline before Woodside took the reigns from Jha.

    That said, the phone after the Droid Razr HD will the phone to look out for, and I have a feeling it will be a Nexus.

  • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

    Looks like I will be saving up to buy this, considering that Verizon will take away my Unlimited Data if I use my upgrade!

  • Bionic

    Hell yes. If true the RAZR maxx HD will be my Next phone.

    • JoshGroff

      For the sheer fact that it’s refreshing to hear about someone who isn’t blinded by the word Nexus, which on Verizon is just that, a word, I’m giving you an upvote.

  • OfTheDamned

    You guys do realize that Verizon and Motorola are targeting customers that bought phones in 2010 and early 2011, right? The phones coming out now are being marketed towards those that bought the Thunderbolt, Droid 2, Droid Pro, Fascinate, Droid X and Incredible. While some may have already purchased a phone, most customers wait until the end of their contract and even a little beyond to upgrade. I’m sure they love getting business from people that buy a new phone every year or even every couple of months, but we aren’t the primary target here.

    Late October to early November is the perfect time to launch a marketing campaign for a new phone line. It is just after back to school and right before the holidays. You really want to have a phone and the accompanying commercials fresh in someone’s mind when they start all their Christmas shopping. The original Razr launched in November of last year, why would you expect the follow up to launch months earlier?

    • gokusimpson

      I’m still on my Droid X from August 2010 and I’m not impressed with the current specs of the Razr HD if it’s coming out in October. Last month, sure.

    • trophynuts

      i agree OTD. In fact a November/Holiday release seems to make more sense. If they release it way before that then what would their Holiday release be?

    • Paul

      I have an Incredible and could have upgraded in April. I was waiting for this phone because of the likelihood of a better battery than the Galaxy’s and partly because I’d much prefer a black phone to a white or blue one.

      At this point I’m just going to go with the htc dlx or some other S4pro phone. That’ll be a big jump and at this point worth waiting for.The razr hd isn’t really that much better than phones older than it (that are in the market right now). If I got the razr hd, for nearly 2 years there’d be games and programs developed for androids that my phone just couldn’t run well.

      • OfTheDamned

        “The razr hd isn’t really that much better than phones older than it”

        Based on this statement none of the phones coming out this year are going to be any better than the phones that are already out.

  • Pegleg

    I wish Google would get someone else to build the Nexus phones! Samsung build quality, as far as physical construction goes, really sucks! The phones are just cheesy. All the Moto phones I have had have been rock solid in physical build.

    • Liderc

      Too bad they look like sh*t a 10 year old would want to use and the screens look like screen doors.

      • Ray

        have you seen the Atrix HD’s screen? It’s about as good as anything on the market right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mckinley.senders McKinley Senders

    Sorry Moto. I can’t play games any longer.

  • 216monster

    If these Razr HDs dont have super CPU’s and 2gb of ram, then Motorola can consider themselves phased out

  • rdjshrjr

    If you already have a dual core phone then there is no need to get another. Just patiently wait for the quad core phones to be released very soon.

    • JoshGroff

      I kind of agree, except for the fact that there’s very little my N7 can do that my Xoom couldn’t. (besides THD games.) Until there’s more apps that actually utilize the full computing power, there’s not much there besides bragging rights.

  • Johny Merg

    Why does the back look a lot like the back of the S3??

  • http://twitter.com/Transomme E. E. Cummings

    I’ll catch the following iteration. MotRizon is just grasping at straws now. Instead of utilizing their golden opportunity to leapfrog the competition they are content to run alongside. If the rumored specs prove a ruse and the next generation really is ‘all of that’ then I’ll graciously climb onboard.

  • BornsteinJ

    I wish disqus had delete :(

    • needzmoarhd

      What the heck am I supposed to do with 4.3 inches…I’m sure the ladies will agree.

      • KT

        LOL

    • Sam_K

      I expect the Droid RAZR HD series have the same 4.5″ Colorboost 720p display as the Atrix HD not a 4.3″ Super AMOLED HD display. They can put in a 4.5″ screen in the Droid RAZR HD series and keep the phone the same size as the Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX because I expect the Droid HD series to have no capacitive buttons like the Atrix HD which means more space for a larger screen.

  • 2001400ex

    One thing I think is funny about this generation of kids. “Give me the phone now or I am buying a 2 month old pretty blue phone with a terrible radio.”

    Ya that will scare Motorola. Lol

    • Liderc

      Apparently you don’t follow the sales numbers. Moto is way behind Samsung, hell before the Razr they were behind HTC.

      • OfTheDamned

        I’m not sure which sales numbers you are looking at, but it was reported that the Razr Maxx was outselling even the iPhone in July.

        • Liderc

          Where did I say a specific phone outsold another? My words, “Moto is way behind Samsung.”

          Which is true, Samsung sold more phones than Motorola by far according to all reports this past year.

          I’m not saying the Razr Maxx didn’t do well because it obviously did and it’s a great phone, but Verizon was basically shoving them down people’s throats when I walked in the store. 3 different employees tried to get me to check out the Maxx when I was last there. Not a single person ever asked me to check out the Rezound, Nexus or Iphone in the 3-4 times I went to the corporate store this past year.

          The general public will buy what the employees push on them, they were given incentives to push the Razr Maxx and it sold well as a result. This doesn’t mean its quality wasn’t a factor, because its battery life was a huge selling point (I bought my father a Razr Maxx for this very reason), but don’t be fooled by one report saying it outsold the Iphone.

          And I think we all know once the Iphone 5 comes out things will look a little different if you want to compare devices. But I’m comparing manufacturers as a whole.

          • OfTheDamned

            World wide I would completely agree with you, but we are talking about Verizon here. The Razr/Maxx were big sellers on Verizon. The point of my specific comment was that the ever popular iPhone was even out sold at one point by a Moto phone. If you want to get into comparisons about which company sold more do-dads than what other company during a specific time……..ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ…..Sorry, I fell asleep there because I don’t care.

            The original point, a bunch of tech geeks bitching about a manufacturer not releasing a phone when they want doesn’t bother a manufacturer.

          • Josh

            VZW corporate reps, I can’t speak for the indirect channels, are not given incentives one way or the other on which phones to sell. We are told not to just clerk the iphone and after that, it’s up to the rep to figure out which phone is best for the customer. If you were being “pushed” the Maxx, it is probably because it has the best battery life of any other phone and they just don’t want to see you back in the store bitching about battery life.

          • Liderc

            I never approached any employee or asked any question about any phone. I know more about phones than every verizon employee put together, why would I ask them a question?

          • Josh

            By walking into a store, you give the employees every right to talk to you or give you their advice, whether you ask for it or not because they are trying to make a sale. You may not like it, but the reps, who make commission, don’t appreciate it when you walk into their store without intent to buy just to feel out the phone just like you seem to not appreciate it when they talk to you. Granted, I may be making the assumption that you don’t intend to buy, but if you’ve made three visits to the store and didn’t want to talk to a rep, that makes your intent pretty clear. Also, I wouldn’t claim that you “know more about phones than every verizon employee put together”. A lot of these reps, including me, have been working there for 3+ years and most know what they are talking about in terms of what most consumers want in a phone and how they want to use their phone. You may know how to issue adb commands and know how to overclock your phone with the right kernel, but that is not what 99% of consumers will do. I respect that you like to tinker with your phone, but I wouldn’t say that carries onto product knowledge. What annoys us the most in the store is when smug customers come into the store just to try and get into an intellectual pissing match, either over price changes or the hardware components in the device, just to try and prove that you know more than the rep. I can guarantee you this, though, that there is probably a rep in the store that knows just as much as you about phones and would be glad to talk to you about it on a fan-to-fan level, not an employee-customer level. These reps love these phones as much as you do, and to assume that you are dealing with a bunch of idiots is not the best way to make an impression in the store and you can miss out on some nice conversation or an angle you hadn’t thought of yet. I apologize if your experience in the store hasn’t been the most positive, but Android is still a young platform and it takes time for rep’s knowledge to accumulate; we may yet surprise you.

          • Liderc

            I’m glad you’re telling me why I go into a Verizon store, considering I have a family of 5, all with smart phones that I’ve purchased for them.

            And no, a verizon employee has never known more than I do about a device, whether product advice or anything else.

          • JoshGroff

            I will agree with you that the average employee probably doesn’t (then again, neither does the average person.) You’re taking the assumption way to far by saying any Verizon employee.

          • JoshGroff

            This^. Also, some developers work for carriers (what better way to get cheap off contract phones on release for tweaking?)

      • 2001400ex

        The G3 is on multiple carriers, of course it will outsell the razor. But my comment is making fun of the ” give it to me now” attitude these kids have.

        • Liderc

          They only have that attitude because Moto continues to release versions of essentially the same phone with upgraded hardware within a very short time period. People are obviously going to get pissed when you sell them a phone for $299, then release a better phone that should have been released in the first place for the same price within 3-4 months. I see it as their biggest flaw, other than blur and their screen quality.

          • 2001400ex

            Well ya, releasing the bionic, then the razor 6 weeks later was dumb. Then releasing the maxx 6 weeks later was collossaly stupid. But for people to complain the successor is in October rather than August? As long as the specs are good, who cares? And yes, blur isn’t the best and I don’t like pentile screens. My wife’s screen on her maxx is irritating, but she doesn’t notice.

          • 4rFive

            well they sorta had to release the Bionic and the Razr. The development work had already gone into both, they’d just be losing even more money not putting them out.
            The people who really care had no business buying a Bionic anyway, it’s not like the Razr was a secret. The Maxx on the other hand, yeah thats another story

          • http://twitter.com/jonathanM21 jonathanM21

            I agree that the Bionic should have been cancelled, but I think Motorola is smart in giving people the option of the thinnest phone or longest lasting one. Different consumers have different priorities, so they’re covering their tracks. Other companies like HTC pick one side and suffer for it.

  • Soofdawg

    One can only hope idiots aren’t running Moto and they have an ingenious release plan. Otherwise too many other highly anticipated devices will have my attention…iPhone 5 and samsung note II. Did try the SG3 and menu button is a PITA annoyance.

  • NSBJJ

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. If the RAZR HD was coming out in Aug. or very early Sept. I was going to get it. If it’s not coming out until Oct. than the GS3 or new iPhone will be my next phone.

    • JoshGroff

      To be fair, if the rumored specs of the iPhone are to be believed, it’ll be better than the S3. Also, that GPU will likely be top tier until sometime next year. Alas, I will not buy one because Apple is a patent troll. (I’ll still probably drool over the specs whilst awaiting a quad core Motorola Nexus.)

  • Pegleg

    Was holding out to see what came up with the Maxx HD…now with all the “mystery” guess I’ll cross it off my list. Just got an Infinity 700 tablet and my Droid X is still chugging along and HD on phone is no longer a high priority. Thought about getting the RAZR Maxx now, with hopes it would get JB but that seems unlikely if it is getting the boot in OCT. Maybe the NEXUS is the next best bet.

    • gokusimpson

      Droid X for life! Woo!

  • Hugo

    Here I come Galaxy S 3!

  • MotoRulz

    I love my Razr Maxx but I will not buy another NON-Nexus phone. So that leaves me with one option and thats a Motorola Nexus device. *Crossing Fingers, toes, eyes*

    • Justin

      Anyone else thinking they might make this the next Nexus? Longshot, yes, possibility? If they delay any longer, the only way they’ll sell it is if it IS a Nexus device.

      • Liderc

        Most likely we’ll see 3 Nexus devices next year, HTC/Moto/Samsung.

        Which is a good thing, less skins, more stock.

  • Knlegend1

    Getting the nexus hell I may even get the damn galaxy nexus.

    • 4n1m4L

      Getting one for the wife tuesday

  • George264

    Here we go again….

    • Justin

      This is my version of spamming the “Like” key. I’ve seen release dates come and go and I’m still waiting.

  • http://twitter.com/daniel_suraci Daniel

    Wouldn’t there need to be an FCC filing already if there was a Maxx?

    • brandnew234

      No, not until September.

      • http://twitter.com/daniel_suraci Daniel

        Ah, thanks.

  • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

    No MAXX version is a waste of time. I think a head to head with the next iPhone may actually be ok. Here’s why – #1 Jelly Bean – I think JB will be a huge help when demoing side by side, if given an adequate demo – #2 The iPhone’s elongated design is going to be a turn off to a lot of people (I hope). Unless there is something unknown about the next iPhone, I think people who take an honest look at the phones, and don’t require an iPhone specific app, may have a hard time choosing iPhone. Things have gotten a lot better in Android Land.

    • anon

      problem with that is, logic. When it comes to apple purchase logic fails. The consumer is so brainwashed that apple is the ONLY choice they do not even consider another purchase. Personally with the way the company has been doing things lately I wouldn’t touch anything they make no matter how good or how great of a deal it is. As for the topic, Moto too little too late.

      • http://techonblogger.ward.pro/ TechRumblings

        The way I figure it, the people who think that way aren’t going to consider RAZR no matter when it comes out so, even still, it might be worth while to go head to head with iPhone as I would be willing to bet that given an open minded purchaser, a good number will succumb to the appeal of Android’s latest. I have gone back and forth between both platforms and the pendulum has definitely swung further in the direction of Android and I don’t see it going back towards iOS because they are a little stuck on their past ideas – one handed operation being critical, as an example. If they come out with a big screened iPhone, all bets are off. And the 4″ phallus that is rumored doesn’t count.

      • Dain Laguna

        a lot of them are brainwashed, yes. but as a disgruntled razr owner who has a nexus7, i only really use my phone to do 3 things:talk, text, and take pictures. my razr is good at 2 of those things. my last iphone was great at all 3. if moto doesnt step up their camera ‘gMame’ it’ll be a goner.

        until the next nexus comes out, ive got the latest and greatest android has too offer and i love it. that said, id deal with ios if it meant a stellar camera.

        • Matthew Merrick

          There are plenty of android phones with great cameras….

    • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

      The only way that Motorola will sell this device is if they release it before the next iPhone. But I agree with the poster below, most Apple consumers only thing about Apple because unless they know that there is bigger and better, they will never switch. Apple has spent billions in brain washing their customers with TV Ads, their website, promotions, etc. My dad even bought into it once and he said he will never go back because 1)the commercials are misleading (they have the SiRi commercial with the phone immediately talking back when it really takes a solid minute before it gets done thinking) 2) after buying the device and all the Apps needed, you could have bough a high end android and had money leftover 3) there are so many limitations! I agree with you tho, Android land has gotten a lot more polished and finer looking lately and hopefully we can let the Apple rot and go bankrupt!

  • http://twitter.com/A2Eric Eric S

    Sick of Razr period. I would never buy one. Nexus devices for me.

    • OfTheDamned

      I’ve had both and the Razr beats the Nexus as an actual phone.

      • JoshGroff

        Obviously, Motorola radios are hard to beat. The screens are sub-par, but at least you can read them outside (which apparently some people never seem to go.)

        • OfTheDamned

          What is this “outside” you speak of? I’ve heard it spoken of, but believed it to just be a rumor.

          • JoshGroff

            It’s a magical place where very few venture and make it out alive. But for those that make the trip, the rewards are plentiful.

  • Asuriyan

    This indicates to me that Verizon and Motorola are trying to market the RAZR brand directly against the iPhone, rather then just as one of many alternatives. Ballsy.

    • OfTheDamned

      The Razr line has been out selling the iPhone line at Verizon. Going straight at them is a good plan.

      • JoshGroff

        That’s also largely due to the 4G LTE capabilities of said RAZR.

        • OfTheDamned

          It could be said that it is because of LTE or the huge battery. There have been extended batteries and LTE phones for a while now and none of them have been outselling the iPhone.

          • JoshGroff

            It’s probably a combination of design aesthetics, slim form, LTE, and in the case of the MAXX, that battery. We may never know for sure.

    • paul_cus

      Motorola trying to make moves.

  • chris125

    Bionic all over again if they wait til october

    • Sp4rxx

      errr …. not really.
      …especially since the Bionic was announced waaaay back in like April and then came out in October…

      Not even close

      • chris125

        Actually it was shown at ces then available in sept. So yes this would be close. Very similar to bionic situation.

  • Keith Sumner

    Kellex, The phone pictured here is the one I played with the other day that I emailed you about, except the backing was all white. It was SICK.

    • needsmoarhd

      Detailssss! ICS or JB? White kevlar or plain?

      • Keith Sumner

        Details, ICS, backing was white kevlar, blur was awesome, the notification bar was transparent, phone was extremely light and comfortable in the hand, screen was 720P and was one of the best displays I’ve seen on a phone. This is pretty much all I know I only held it for about 45 seconds.

        • Liderc

          Lost me here, “blur was awesome…”

          • kixofmyg0t

            Seriously it is. I thought CM9 was nice until I got ahold of this.

          • JoshGroff

            They’ve really toned it down since the Atrix. I wouldn’t go as far as to say it’s awesome, but to each his own.

  • needzmoarhd

    Not buying there being two versions. 2530 and 3300 is too close together, the 2530 should be ample battery life as the SGS3 has a 2100 and the original razr has 1750.

    They would also be incredibly stupid to release this anywhere near the time of the iPhone since that phone can convert android users.

    Another possibility is that the 2530 could be the MAXX version, we’ve never seen a battery near that size until the MAXX. The regular HD could be really thin with a smaller battery. Regarless I need a new phone. I don’t care when as long as they do it right. IE Jelly bean.

  • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

    There not their.

  • rockstar323

    Makes sense. If this is their flagship phone for the year they can get all the early adopters in Oct and Nov and discount it at the end of November to get the Christmas purchases. It’s all going to depend on what the other guys drop. We’ll see a new iPhone, HTC is rumored to be releasing their phablet and I’d say the only logical thing for Samsung is to release a LTE note. If that’s the fall lineup they should do well since the only other Android phones in that range with be months old.

  • JoshHenry

    I will definitely be buying a razr hd..

    • Pegleg

      Why?

  • Trevor

    I always feel like it’s a gift when we get Saturday news!

    • michael arazan

      Just a taste to keep you going while jones’n for another hit. this site is like crack for android news

      • Trevor

        Haha, agreed. Except I’ve never done crack, but I hear it’s similar to Droid-Life!

        • JoshGroff

          Droid-Life is like a good cigar, once you’ve had one, nothing else compares.

  • LuckiestManintheWorld

    I’m not buying another Moto phone until they unlock the bootloaders.

    • ManBearPig618

      This.

    • tonysam1

      I’m not buying another Droid period. Nexus from now on. Although i love the One X, too bad its not CDMA/LTE.

      • brandnew234

        If you’re into HTC than they have a flagship for Verizon, a refresh for the Rezound. It comes with the S4 Pro chipset, that’s double the processor, and a better GPU to boot (320 Adreno graphics on HTC and 225 on everything else).
        Oh, it also has a 1080p screen, but strangely enough it’s only a 5 inch screen, impressive right? The only possible knock on it is… probably the battery life.
        http://androidcommunity.com/htc-rumored-to-launch-5-phone-with-1080p-display-20120806/

        • JoshGroff

          I think you mean 4″. Also, with any HTC device, an extended battery or portable charger should be considered.

          My current charger:
          http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/accessory?action=accessoryDetails&archetypeId=13020&accessoryId=51254&initialPhoneId=5663

          • LionStone

            Not really…the DROID Inc4, even with a 1700mAh battery, I get over a day with light use, 13 hours w/ heavy use. (4 hrs. screen time, 3-4 hrs hotspot, 3 emails sync, etc.) With the combination S4 processor, 4″ screen qhd, it knocks it out of the park with battery life. I did get the 2150mAh ($25) but it’s not really necessary.

          • JoshGroff

            That just goes to show how the S4 really saves you power, the Rezound just didn’t like going for more than 3 hours on screen time. Then again, screen brightness is always a factor people don’t account for.

    • niteperson

      Well that didn’t take long.

    • Tim242

      Starting with the Photon Q on Sprint, all Moto phones come with a unlockable bootloader.

      • LuckiestManintheWorld

        Yes, but that still leaves the rest of us with older Moto phones shafted since they probably won’t extend this retroactively.

        • http://twitter.com/Belatukadro Justtyn Hutcheson

          I don’t see why not. The Q is the initial, but there’s absolutely no reason not to make it available ala HTC, especially to EoL devices.

  • Josh

    VZW retail emp here. Both current RAZRs are set to be phased out by mid-October. In addition to the RAZR HD/RAZR Maxx, there will be the same type of color differentiation as the current set. If you think the phone is too big (silly, right?), there is also the RAZR Micro, or motxt907, device on the slate for a similar release time.

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

      Well then, here is some info for you all.

    • JoshHenry

      Thats doing too much with the Razr/ Droid Brands. Why cant they just keep its simple like apple. I praise Cupertino for their simplicity in their mobile line up.

      • Jay

        It’s a Razr and a Razr with a bigger battery, and a Razr HD and a Razr HD lite. 2 of those will be phased out so practically you’re left with 2 choices.
        Even if it was all 4, the Razr/Maxx doesn’t compete with the HDs because they can’t match the specs. So unless you have trouble wiping yourself that is hardly “too much”

        • George264

          Why not just make the maxx? Don’t give me bs like its more expensive, iPhone 32GB aren’t cheap, people still buying like crazy.

          • OfTheDamned

            People also buy the 8 GB and 16 GB too.

          • http://www.advancedapps.blogspot.com/ Champion1229

            But Razr and Razr Maxx come with more than 8gb and 16gb so you are technically paying the same price for less if you buy the iPhone.

          • OfTheDamned

            Actually not the point here. The point is that variety is a good thing.

          • Speedyrulz8

            It isn’t BS. I work in a Premium Retailer and we sell about 80 iphones a month, the vast majority are 16GB 4S models. We sell maybe 1 or 2 32GB models in the same time frame. Most people don’t like spending that much on a phone. We never sold a lot of MAXXs either, at least nowhere close to the regular RAZR. The cost definitely limits the market. Some people will pay it, but not most people.

          • Jim McClain

            but i believe if the razr and the maxx, came out at the same time, more would have bought the maxx, companies just dont get the fact that people want and will pay for a phone with a bigger battery, they are tired of always looking for a charger

          • Liderc

            Agreed. I think the reason more people buy the Iphone 16gb is because they know they don’t need the 32/64GB. But EVERYONE needs a larger battery. And I think as time goes on people will definitely look at battery size as one of the most important aspects of a smart phone.

            The Razr Maxx is still one of the thinnest (if not the thinnest) phone, so there was really no point making the Razr so thin when they could have doubled the battery size. People would much rather have double the battery size than 2-3mm thinner phone, especially when it’s almost awkward to hold because of how thin and wide it is.

    • Alexander Garcia

      It’s actually RAZR HD Micro or Mini (Name hasn’t been official yet, but they’re gonna use either “Mini” or “Micro” with the HD tagged to it.

      • Larizard

        But Apple has a trademark on the “Mini”, don’t they? iPad Mini.

        • Paul

          You can’t trademark a word like that for a product. That’s why companies misspell words – so they can trademark them. EX “Razr”, “Maxx”, “Double Stuf” Oreos

          • balthuszar

            stuft…but i get your drift

        • balthuszar

          don’t they also have a trademark on releasing phones in september? ;)

          • JoshGroff

            They have a patent on long lines waiting in front of retailers on release day for hours on end.

          • balthuszar

            you mean because they tell the customer they want one, and the silly customer believes them?

          • JoshGroff

            Of course.

      • Josh

        The document I’m referring to spells out 3 devices with multiple colors, the 2 HDs motxt92- and the Razr Micro, motxt907. For additional fun, it also gives the same time-frame for the Galaxy Tab 2, if anyone could still be possibly interested in that device when the Nexus7 is a much better device.

        • Alexander Garcia

          Thanks for the tip Josh. I agree, there really is no point to get the Galaxy Tab 2 over the Nexus 7 especially if it’s laced with that Fisher Price inspired TouchWiz. Gawd I hate TouchWiz so much! Haha. Cheers.

    • gah

      Yeah thats good to know honestly anywhere from 4.3 to 4.7 is in my opinion a great screen size

      • http://www.facebook.com/kortesoja Lance Kortesoja

        that’s what she said!! omg im so funny

        • KleenDroid

          I hate to tell you this but she was probably trying to spare your feelings Lance…

    • Buckoman

      Did you know that Bill Cosby was the backplate designer on this?

      • Laki S.

        1. Cosby didn’t design his sweaters, Coogi did.
        2. How many times are you gonna make this joke?

        • Buckoman

          1. Interesting.
          2. Eh, this was the last time I was going to make it anyway. I figured the entire community had seen it by now, so I’ll stop. Back to insightful comments :D

    • http://twitter.com/jonathanM21 jonathanM21

      I’m really impressed with Verizon and Motorola. Razr/Razr Maxx have been their flagship options for a very long time and will go all the way to October. This is the first time I don’t feel like I’m being kicked out of the party the week after buying a new Droid.

      Glad they spent some months building up the reputation of a model instead of replacing it with something MORE POWERFUL the next month like they used to.

  • Michael McGinnis

    I was a definite buy when we thought it was coming out in april, than a most likely in July/August. But I’m a hell no buy if it comes out in October.

    • Trevor

      I agree. If it’s not coming until October, might as well wait a little bit (assuming rumors are true) and see what happens with the next round of Nexus devices.

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      I was gonna buy the Razr HD if it came up in August, but if it comes up in October, I’ll just get the Nexus.

    • CharlesD

      Fully agree. I was holding on, holding on, using my utterly crap LG Vortex, and waiting for word. Now this. Thankfully, the Photon Q caught my eye. Requires a change of carrier, of course, but I’m none too happy with Verizon anyway. And I’m that sort of luddite that really likes a physical keyboard. Screen resolution is a bother of course but I still like the looks of it.

    • Larizard

      I agree. I have a feeling they will be going with the RAZR NEXUS monicker, and drop “Droid” altogether.

  • JoshHenry

    Why release 2 of the same phones with different batteries? Doesnt make sense to me. I would assume if everyone had the choice they would opt for the phone with a battery that will last all day.

    • steve0617

      Because the Maxx one will most likely cost an additional $100. Maybe somebody wants cheaper?

      • JoshGroff

        This^ same reason Apple makes different storage capacities.

    • JoshGroff

      Which would you prefer to be the selling point, battery life or storage capacity (ala iPhone.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/rluna014 Randy Luna

    Their needs to be removeable back covers so either a standard or extended battery can be put in

  • http://thebeeobee.com/ thebeeobee

    Seems smart if they are still selling Razrs. Releasing now would make the phone feel old for the holidays.

    • chris125

      Its gonna feel old no matter what. By that time the hones with s4 quad will be right around the corner, especially if rumors of the HTC “superphone” are true.