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Verizon Expected to Announce the Motorola DROID M in the Coming Weeks, a Mid-range Phone for $149

Verizon and Motorola are gearing up to announce the DROID M, a mid-range device that you can see pictured above. The device was previously only known by the name XT907, but we also referred to it as the RAZR Mini. It passed through the FCC not long ago, and should sport a qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 4G LTE and NFC. The device will come in both black and white and sell for $149 on 2-year contract. 

BGR is reporting that it will have an HD display, but I think their source is confusing this phone with the actual RAZR HD. They will more than likely unveil both devices in New York on September 5.

Via:  BGR

  • Bill

    oh goody.Motorola is coming out with another droid brick.after months of broken promises,they dont give the bionic owners any ics, just introduce a new phone. Verizon and Motorola both have let us down drastically,with promises promises. a lot of us will not forget,and we will let them both know in the pocketbook.competition is thrilling at this stupid customer service screwup.

  • sad droid owner

    Droid brand was once a name to look forward to. Now Motorola is just bashing on it..

  • Sandman

    Blah, I could really care less. Moto lost me after the bionic, which I to no lovestill currently own. Little to no love, care, or suport has been shown to this device, and its customers, so from here on out, or when i’m eligible for my next upgrade, its Samsung. This experience has really left a fowl taste in my mouth, and its an experience I will not repeat.

  • civilian

    just an observation about all the android guys and apple fanboys… apple fanboys love to forgive faults that their fruit phone has even when there’s an obviously design flaw..(i.e. fruit antenna, glass on both sides of phone) and android peeps just love to complain about skins, bootloaders, and other android phones…

    now my vote goes to… +1 for android, +1 for razr mini…smaller overall size, same functionality… currently sporting razr maxx… tired of this big ole thing in my pocket…oh and the phone…hahaha

  • Daniel Maginnis

    I think the only reason its even being considered mid range is the screen any maybe internal storage options. If the screen looks good, I might take it over the RAZR HD. Not sure that I wanna go from the 4″ on my d3 to 4.3. Definitely not 4.7+

  • master94

    The droid RAzR Hd should be only $149.99 since the Galaxy S3 has better specs and if the RAZR HD is the same price not too many people would by it. This phone should only be $99.

    • Diablo81588

      How do you know it has better specs? Nothing about the RAZR HD has been officially announced..

  • kixofmyg0t

    DROID M?

    Hmmm. It looks like a the RAZR HD’s little brother….DROID RAZR M. That sounds about right….

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

    Verizon needs to FIRE whoever comes up with these names. {{-_-}}

  • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

    A midranged device for $149? Doesn’t that seem a bit steep?

    • kixofmyg0t

      Yes. Yes it does.

      Remember people, VERIZON sets the price.

  • VZWIndirect

    Motorola launches their new flagship phone, The Droid Christ.

    It allows users to walk on water, raise the dead, and through its mere existence, it promises eternal life after death.

    The first comment on Droid-Life would be a complaint about the bootloader being locked.

    • Executor

      I’d buy that for a dollar!

      • smwandrie93

        ill raise you to 2!!

  • Knlegend1

    I see a lot of people saying Stop hating on this phone its actually better than the Razr. Well the Razr was last year its supposed to be better. The point though is where is the freakin Razr HD? That’s all we care about. This way we know where our money is going.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=746269671 Don Hodge

    Uhm the fruit co. does pretty well with a smaller form factor. And isn’t their big fall announcement centered on a 4″ screen? Am I the only “high end” user (whatever that means) who LIKES the smaller form factor? Gimme all the Android goodness in a quality built 4″ form factor and I’m sold.

    • moelsen8

      i can’t wait for them to announce that they’ve “discovered” or “invented” the bigger screen for smartphones. same for NFC. i really can’t wait to hear the spin this year.

  • Knlegend1

    How retarded is this move? Droid has become a joke in today’s terms. Verizon just stop it already.

  • Answer2K1

    I dunno but to me the “Droid” branding is losing a certain je ne sais quoi that appealed to me at one point in time. Now it just seems more gimmicky than anything else, maybe because they’re slapping it on every phone that they release.

    • Alexander Garcia

      I, for one, never really liked the “Galaxy” branding as well. Especially more so now that have have slapped that stupid brand on the Nexus 9 months ago.

    • KleenDroid

      And slapping it on every low end phone… Droid should have been for high end phones.

  • Pegleg

    Is this the “BIG” announcement scheduled for 5 SEP? I certainly hope not…another piece of crap from MOTO & VZW. Where in hell is the RAZR HD?

  • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

    Blur is horribly laggy and choppy and buggy, Sense has no multitasking, Touch Wiz is ugly and stupid. When are we going to end this parade of god awful skins when Jelly Bean is right there for the taking, runs like a champ, is sexy as hell, and oh yeah it’s free! #seriously

    • MichaelFranz

      I would vote for manufacturers to give the ability to run a profile or something that allows you to run either a skinned or unskinned version on the phone. HUGE SELLING POINT!!

    • http://twitter.com/whatisajimmy ok

      Nothing about ICS Blur is laggy, choppy or buggy. In fact, it’s actually really really light, fast, and most of the changes are simply making the apps have dark backgrounds.

      • kixofmyg0t

        ^This.

  • moelsen8

    yawn, snore, yawn. wake me up when it’s added to the bootloader unlock tool, then i’ll pay more attention.

    • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

      For real, being locked into moto’s horrid software is a huge no thanks.

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

        Have you actually used MotoICS? It is fantastic. Their last software rewrite needed is the camera/gallery and I’d argue they’re better than stock.

        • moelsen8

          it has come leaps and bounds from the hideousness it started out as. and it’s probably my favorite manufacturer skin. but i’m not touching another moto phone until they stop being verizon’s monkey boy and unlock all of their phones, or at least all of them going forward. i wouldn’t mind having another moto phone again at some point in the future.

        • MicroNix

          Fantastic and blur just don’t belong in the same sentence. Sorry.

  • markopolo

    Maybe is not for everyone. But my sis has the droid x2. N. Shes tire of how big the phone is for her maybe rhis will be a good option for her better than drois x two.. smaller n faster.
    .

  • CIFchamp24

    That’s exactly what you need moto! Another mid-range phone that no one will buy. Way to fight back strong….

    • BlueLetter

      Plenty will buy it if they market it correctly, even if none of the regulars on this blog think so.

  • Franz

    I love how mid range devices are classified as Dual-core 1.5Ghz devices now lol..

    This thing on paper is faster then the Razr/Nexus.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Sadly, moto always tends to have good internals.. Unfortunately, the form factors are usually hideous, the screen/display is usually absolute garbage, and it’s locked down with blur forced down your throat. And we all know that Blur is vomit. I was a proud owner of the OG Droid, but Moto immediately strayed away from their saving grace. :-(

      • Raven

        I am still using a Droid 2 and I actually like some of Blur’s features. I like that it pulls in Facebook pictures and statuses for all of my contacts and I really like some of Motorola’s custom widgets. I, of course, run Go Launcher, but other than their boring stock launcher which is easily replaced, what is really wrong with Blur? I have also played with my wife’s Droid 4 quite a bit, and now that it has ICS, it rocks. The only thing that I don’t like is their Gallery replacement MyGallery, that is a POS.

      • lgreg64

        And what phone other than a nex did you buy without a skin on top? Moto now makes the best skin than all the other makers.

        • balthuszar

          ^this

        • TheDrunkenClam

          The AOSP experience is simply the best experience. These phone manufacturers need to distinguish themselves because of their hardware, not because of gimmicks that they think they’re adding to the software. First of all, sense is better than Blur. Also, although skinned, most Samsung and HTC devices have a way to unlock the bootloader and flash a stock Rom. With Motorola, they don’t want you to be able to remove Blur at all.

          • kixofmyg0t

            Sense is better than Blur?!?! Ha. Haha HAHAHAHAHAHA!!

            You obviously haven’t seen Blur since 2010.

          • lgreg64

            Agree. He just wants to hate on Moto. Facts are there skin is as close to stock as you can get.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            So you SETTLE for “close to stock”? So by this logic, you are admitting that stock is the most desired experience. So why not just go stock?

          • Diablo81588

            You can get rid of blur without unlocking the bootloader, moron.

          • TheDrunkenClam

            Yeah but its still a motorola build, and some other of the blur framework remains… I had the droid x, I know all about that. A bare bones stock aosp is still smoother.

          • Diablo81588

            There are TONS of roms for moto devices that are built from AOSP source. I’ll say again, you do not need an unlocked bootloader to have a pure aosp ROM..

          • TheDrunkenClam

            All you’re doing is that second init, bootstrap, or whatever you want to call it. The stock software still gets loaded, then the boot process is hijacked to run your “AOSP” rom. However, the kernel is still moto. From my experience with the Droid X, sure, you can have a stock Rom, but sometimes features won’t work properly, like the camera, etc.. The bottom line is, we shouldn’t have to do all this to get stock. It should just be stock from the start. iOS is a unified experience. Fragmentation and Skins (especially skins) are the thing that plagues android

        • kixofmyg0t

          By far the best skin. Damn near stock if you ask me.

        • michael arazan

          Man its 2012, I think they can do way better than a qHD screen. Moto should just make a deal with samsung for their screens, at bulk rates they could get great deals. That would be the only draw back to a MotoNexus imo. But this year samsung might put their quad chip in the nexus, and I don’t see moto using a quad core anytime soon.

      • azndan4

        TheDrunkenClam has it right. Let the flaming by the Motorola fanboys begin.

      • Nicholassss

        I hated moto blur at first to, but its really coming in to its own these days. I wouldnt give up vanilla myself, but i’d recomend a phone with motoblur thesedays.

    • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

      And the phone will also sport lots of lag and bugs due to how awful their software is.

      • smwandrie93

        i love how you need to retell the same sentence over and over and over again, really grow up, your opionion is just that… i for one think it looks a whole lot better than all the other new skins that are put over ICS now…and it doesnt have the little “kid” animations and icons that the other ones have…just stop trolling and root your phone, or just dont buy it and stop bitching. should be a new rule, no bitching unless you own said device that is bitch-worthy

        • http://twitter.com/Chasemanhattan3 Chase Chick

          I went from an OG Droid, to a DROID3, to a Galaxy Nexus, not rooted and running latest Bugless Beast with Faux latest stable faux kernel. So thanks and gig em. But I’ve seen first hand Moto’s software, then later, their support (or lack thereof) for their software on DROID3. I’m a big as fan of their hardware, especially there radios, but if you think for a split second that their software is anything but a triple bogey, you are the one with growing up to do.

      • azndan4

        Agreed

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

        Ignore the MotoBlur fanboys. They make no sense. {{-_-}}

      • MicroNix

        Whoever voted Chase Chick down is higher than a kite. Moto blur phones are some of the laggiest Android devices out there. Their software blows (camera app anyone?) and with all of that “awesome hardware” they still lag like a mofo. When you are forced to go to third party devs for a camera app that doesn’t take 10 seconds to shoot a picture, how can you call Moto’s software great?? Samsung eats Moto’s lunch these days and its not hard to figure out why.

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

    Yes, more phones, more more more. Saturate the market with mid-range phones!!!!

  • mustbepbs

    I think this is a good RAZR refresh device. Don’t know why people are upset about it. You’ll have a mid range Moto choice and the high end RAZR HD. Better than the RAZR/RAZR MAXX fiasco.

  • MichaelFranz

    honestly, this really isnt a bad low end device. probably the better of the ones available. For someone not into hacking, and top specs this is great. it has NFC which is nice, the screen is nice, size may not be the biggest but it works for a low end. Plus it has an S4 chip. This will be a great battery life phone for osmoene who needs it. This is not intended for the android power user

    • Raven

      I agree, I don’t see how you can even call this a low end device. Sure it is only dual core instead of quad core, but other than that, it has great specs. The size is perfect. I wouldn’t want anything bigger for a phone. That is what I hate about all of the so called high-end phones.

      • MichaelFranz

        I mean don’t get me wrong, i love my galaxy nexus, but i am also what you would consider a power user, both using the phone and unlocking/rooting/rom’ing etc etc. Why wouldn’t I want a nexus.

        The only thing is NFC really hasn’t blown up to the point where normally everyday people know exactly what it is. Honestly, they wont know until the iPhone has it. People are brainwashed by apple. simply put.

        A phone like this is really aimed at those people who just come in and say i want a smartphone but nothing with a big screen. BAM here is your phone, i’d probably take this over the D-Inc 4G all day.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . Well whatta you know, Motorola releases another brick shaped, locked down, blur filled, boring device.

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

      I would like to give you 100 upvotes, but I cannot.

    • Edube24

      What would you like? A circle shaped phone…boo hoo hoo!!

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

        You miss his point.

        • Edube24

          Then please explain…

    • azndan4

      There are so many fanboys in this thread.

  • http://twitter.com/bboyairwreck Eric Chee

    The ghost of Jha-ha-ha

  • Brett Cochran

    How many more crap phones left over from the Jha era are we going to see? I’m guessing the last one will be released this spring…The Droid M RAZR MAXX HD PHOTON 4G LTE

    • tyguy829

      …X^3

      • moelsen8

        by Motorola

  • AhsanS

    Forget that, just announced the RAZR HD so I can decide whether it’s worth it or not!