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Motorola DROID RAZR M Details Leak, It Really is a Mid-range Device With Decent Specs

Here is the phone that Motorola plans to unveil on September 5 in New York. Well, we hope this isn’t it. It’s called the DROID RAZR M. According to full specs and details that leaked out today, this phone is exactly as we expected it to be, with a 4.3″ qHD Super AMOLED display with ColorBoost, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 3MP front camera, 4G LTE, on-screen navigation keys, NFC, Gorilla Glass 2, and Ice Cream Sandwich. 

Now, last year, this would have been an elite phone, but we already know that this phone will run $149 on 2-year contract and come in both white and black. Motorola is definitely positioning it in the mid-range level, we just don’t know why, especially with the Razr HD coming along at a similar time.

It looks a heck of a lot like this rumored Intel-powered Motorola device we saw months ago, however, this is not even close to being powered by an Intel chip.

Thoughts on the RAZR M? How about that edge-to-edge screen? Not bad.

Via:  Engadget

  • I love this phone! Much better than the thunderbolt that i had:)

    Bella Rossi


  • thehumanoid

    This should have similar specs to the atrix hd except for the screen, so why is it midrange when the atrix hd is considered a high end phone?

  • Swole Daddy

    This would be purchased if not for the qHD screen. Here’s hoping for the motorola nexus!

  • Sqube

    So… Motorola is releasing a mid-range phone (RAZR M) that is going to compete with an existing phone (original RAZR) as they’ve got a new top dog coming out? Why not just… release the top dog and drop the price on the original RAZR?

    What am I missing here?

    • People don’t like buying year old phones, they like shiny new things…isn’t that pretty obvious?

  • This is going to be an amazing mid range device like the Atrix.

  • Butters619

    Small side bezels look nice!

  • Aaron

    i really like that fact that the hump is missing.

  • Spec and feature-wise. This is basically the Bionic 2. GG Moto. Should be a fun phone, especially with that ubiquitous S4 not having to push 720p pixels.


    A step in the right direction back to the top. Top notch specs for a mid range phone.

  • MafiaMM

    Wow their really destroying the reputation the “Droid” name had with garbage phones like the Droid 4 and now this Droid RAZR M. When I see something droid related, it should signify a high end phone. All of this started after the Droid RAZR’s mega fail battery.

    • Tenzin

      Actually the downfall of the “Droid” brand started with the Droid 2. I don’t care what anybody says, that phone should have never made it to the production lines like that

      • Raven

        What was wrong with the Droid 2 when it came out? I still use and love my Droid 2. Of course it feels a bit dated today because it is only single core, but when it was released it was an excellent phone.

      • Tim242

        Nah, the 2nd Droid was the worst…the HTC Droid Eris.

    • Raven

      As great as the OG Droid and Droid 2 were, Droid has never necessarily meant high-end. Don’t forget the Droid Eris and Droid Incredible. And, why do you call the Droid 4 a garbage phone? I think it is one of the best dual core phone currently available from Verizon. I love the keyboard on it and despite all of the whining about pentile displays the only time I notice it is in the status bar on top with the green battery icon. Pictures and video look just fine, even in bright light.

  • Alexander Garcia

    I’m actually very excited about this phone. It’s kinda like a cross between the OG Droid and thr RAZR Maxx. I love the hard edged industrial look of this phone. This may be my next phone.

    • KleenDroid

      If they wanted to move some phones all they would have to do is ship this thing with an easily unlockable bootloader. Then it would be like the OG.

      I really don’t think Motorola realizes how many phones they would sell and how many people would come back to them.

  • Buckoman

    The bolts and stuff on the sides makes it look like a device from the 90s.

  • Diablo81588

    Is this MHL or is there no HDMI out?

  • @wade_county

    Now, that I look at it, this could be Motorolas One S. High-endish, but not there all the way.

  • “Glad you didn’t hold out for the RAZR HD” said my GS3

  • That section of phone with the Verizon label? That could have been more screen real estate for the onscreen buttons.

  • Brian S. Jones

    Where in hell is the RAZR MAXX HD?????????????????????

    • IanKellogg

      I’ll Wait for the RAZR MAXX HD Dev Edition with Beats by Dr. Dre

  • Knlegend1

    I still think this is impressive but from a marketing standpoint this dumb. If the Razr HD exist then this will compete with it. Also take 4G LTE from the title of the phone it adds nothing but stress how 4G is gimmicky yo me.

    • How is 4G LTE gimmicky? Thats like the SINGLE most important thing IMO to have in a phone!

      • Knlegend1

        Personally its very gimmicky. I get great 3G signals. Only time 4G is useful is when I’m downloading but I’m hardly doing that unless its wifi. I sometimes don’t even notice a difference when I’m surfing. Honestly its not that serious and a battery hog. Most important feature? That’s the last thing that’s important if you ask me. A phone should excel in basic features first like fluidity in the OS.

        • Ok maybe not the single most but it is high up there! Yes, I want my phone to do basic things (it is a phone after all) but 4G is the only way for me now. I won’t even consider buying a device that is 3G only! It’s just too powerful to not get! For example, our internet at my high school went down on Friday and I was in tech class and the teacher immediately said if anyone has a smart-phone they can tether and guess what? I had my entire group’s computers online (5 computers total) a class mates iPhone, and the teacher’s computer all running off of my single 4G LTE connection and the internet was five times faster than the school’s wifi! Heck, my friend ditched his iPhone 4S on HSPA+ for the hotspot once he saw how fast it was performing. Yes it may use lots of battery but power adapters and car chargers are cheap! If you’re really worried then buy a phone like the Razr Maxx and stop worrying! Personally, I like the regular Razr because of its profile and I don’t mind charging an extra time or two a day.

          • Knlegend1

            This is what I mean by gimmick. I had a older gentleman say to me that phone has 4G right? So to him he thought the phone was by default good. It takes more than a 4G signal to make a phone great. For your example good for you I’m glad the signal helped you in need. I’m not dissing it but putting that name on devices is old and shouldn’t be used to sale a device.

          • The name does sound tacky with 4G LTE thrown in there so I’m kinda against that but it should definitely be one of the first major specs listed!

  • @wade_county

    Am I the only one that thinks this is a good looking device? Maybe they’ll price it like $99 or so. But the specs are pretty good. I wouldn’t mind owning one.

    • It looks like the Razr went and got fat… IMO it is ugly and the camera area looks tacky, they should have made the entire back kevlar and had the holes drilled through for the camera and speaker.

      • @wade_county

        Agree to disagree. I think the RAZR HD entire full Kevlar back looks tacky. Also, the RAZR is still one of the thinnest devices out. If this got fatter and has a bigger battery than the RAZR and still manages to be this thin, that’s a win win.

    • KleenDroid

      I’m sure it would be fine, but it looks like it would feel strange in my hand. It looks like it would be top heavy

  • Maybe they fix the black ink looking stuff behind the screen. Thats the one thing that drives me crazy on my Razr, especially in low light situations with the backlight down low.

  • Murphy

    Ermerghawd! What are you doing Moto!?

  • johnc7995

    Those specs sound a little bit more then mid-ranged to me.

  • enerjak

    The specs aren’t bad at all! As long as this has a decent sized battery, I will take this in a heartbeat!!

  • Bedtim3

    Just saying I told you guys this phone existed about a month ago…

  • disastrousrainbow

    Nice front, especially that edge-to-edge screen, but awful back. A bit disappointed by the qHD resolution, but happy it’s not PenTile since it’s ColorBoost.

    And for those wondering, it’ll have been 10 months since the Razr launched, that’s kind of ancient by wireless standards and this is the pre-Google Motorola so they probably have some stuff in their portfolio they need to push out. Either way, they’re following a rather standard year or almost year product life cylce. Shouldn’t be that surprising.

    • IanKellogg

      it is probably still pentile. Nothing says it isn’t pentile. Also the “ColorBoost” is just a marketing thing. It is just a software color setting. Basically the same as the sony bravia engine on xperia phones.

      • disastrousrainbow

        History says it won’t be. Both displays that have featured Color Boost (the Atrix HD and Photon Q) were TFT. I doubt this one bucks that trend.

  • s23

    Two thoughts: Verizon is overpricing this. OR The battery is MAXX sized since it isn’t mentioned anywhere and look at the thickness of it. In the leaked docs the battery is covered. Hmmmm…..This is a solid option if it got a 2530 or larger battery in it. Moto better not dissapoint

  • YourFriend

    I don’t understand why they decided to go with qHD rather than HD especially given that the Atrix HD is only $99 and has an HD screen while this costs $149. Seriously, what gives Verizon? Given that this has an S4, I just hope this gives hoe that the Razr HD has something better, though it’s very doubtful.

    • Better battery life? Maybe it’s thinner? Maybe it’s easier to have a smaller bezel? Look at the whole thing as a package.

  • JulianZHuang

    Same phone different name.

  • Looks like a reasonable first phone for people who make enough money for their kids to have a smart phone. I for one, am chomping at the bit for being able to get my kids each a phone like this. It would put me at ease when I have to leave them at school for 3 or 4 hours after class. (private school with onsite child care for an extra monthly fee) Hook em up with latitude and you can keep tabs on them while cultivating a sensible independence. Much more cost effective that a $300 on contact device. I had been considering something like the kindle fire, but the need for wifi to make and take calls is not good enough. With the share all plan this would be sensible.

    • Thank you, I seriously don’t get why people are so against giving phones to kids. Personally, I have had a tech device since I was 8 and a phone since I was 10 but just the fact that I had a phone made me feel safer and more independent. Also, since this device has gorilla glass 2 and a Kevlar backing it makes it the perfect device for anyone (young or old) because it is a LOT harder to break. Trust me, I have the Razr and this thing is a tank in a super model’s body!

      • KleenDroid

        Of course kids need cell phones. How else would they be on facebook all day at school?

        Makes me feel old when you say you’ve had a phone since you were 10. When I was 10 there was no such thing as a cell phone. And cordless phones were not available yet in your house… lol

        I was really cool and got one of the Motorola bag phones when I was 27 from Cellular One. I still have that old bag phone in a closet somewhere. I should donate it to the Smithsonian.

        • Don’t feel old lol I’m only 16 and trust me, most younger kids when they get phones now feel safer, and more independent. However, it seems every parent complains about, “my child is on Facebook all day long blah blah blah blah blah.” And I’m just like well, 1)they’re too young in the first place 2) you apparently didn’t set rules and guidelines about when, where and how Facebook could be used and 3)STOP COMPLAINING TO ME AND COMPLAIN TO YOUR CHILD! If parents would just sit down and explain that the phone is for calling / texting friends and family when needed and NOT for internet and Facebook, all your problems would be solved. I get that most kids now have phones and they need them in the current world, they need to know how to work one in emergencies and they need access to one in emergencies but for heavens sake WHY give a 6 year old an iPhone? I personally know kids 6-8 that have iPhones and I’m just astounded, why? I didn’t get internet access on my phone until I could pay for it and trust me, my parents made me work for that internet. I still work for my phone (I have to maintain at least an A or B in Collegiate HS) and if I don’t work for it, there are consequences and I understand that because my parents sat down and explained what would happen. Of course now my phone has turned more into an educational tool than entertainment device but still, thats a luxury that can be taken away.

  • Bionic

    Funny that a new mid range phone has ICS out of the box but my bionic has yet to get its “early q3” update. And I paid 300 bucks for it.

  • tomgillotti

    It’s been said, but for a mid-range phone, nice job Moto. Now I expect the Razr HD to be a killer device, given this “mid-range” piece.

  • Guest99


  • guest

    dnw huge verizon logo looking at me everytime i use my phone.

    • Yea, cuz we all stare at the microphone while talking on the phone.

      • Guest99

        Yea, cause we all have the same f-ing opinion on what we like/dislike

      • feztheforeigner

        I don’t think most people use their phones to make phone calls anymore…

        • Lucky Armpit

          I do… that’s why I got rid my my Galaxy Nexus in favor of a Razr Maxx. I needed my phone to function like… well… a phone. Too bad cause the Nexus was a sexy device.

          • KleenDroid

            Almost hate to ask but what was wrong with your Nexus?

          • Guest

            Almost hate to admit that you probably didn’t even need to ask.

          • slmhofy

            Almost hate to ask, but did you really need to ask?

    • radiohead14

      on the Razr HD.. it’ll be bigger – that’s what’ll make it a high end phone

    • feztheforeigner

      And a flashy Motorola logo that shines even in the darkest of nights…

  • Knlegend1

    That’s impressive!!!

  • stubbX

    3 megapixel front camera?

    • Diablo81588

      Poster size self portrait 😛

  • sc4fpse

    Kinda hits home when you realize this “mid-range” device is more powerful than the Galaxy Nexus. ._. But still, if this is mid-range, I can’t wait to see the RAZR HD.

    • Same phone, but with a slightly bigger HD display.

      • Diablo81588

        Hopefully 2 gigs of ram as well 🙂

    • Matt Cordero

      But the nexus is almost a year old

  • I’m not getting the point of this device! The Droid Razr can be had for less than $99 from Verizon on contract and it offers everything this device has except for NFC. So why pay more for a device that is almost the same spec wise and IMO looks fugly.

    • TheCheapGamer

      Different CPU’s as well.

      • They may be different but unless it is an S4, there won’t be much improvement over the TI used in the regular Razr. Even tho the Razr is only clocked at 1.2ghxz, the TI features a better architecture which makes up the difference and since the Razr has a slower clock speed, it saves power.

        • chris125

          S4 is a better chip than the omap 4430

          • S4 is but considering this device is aimed at the mid-range area, I wouldn’t be surprised if they skimped out and put in an S3.

    • carlisimo

      Is there a significant size difference? The Razr’s larger than I’d want.

      • The Razr looks big but in everyday use, I find it just perfect and movies look great! But it looks like since this Razr M, as they’re calling it, has an edge to edge display so it won’t be so awkward to hold because it will be narrower than the original.

  • mid-range?

    • Atrix HD sells for $99 at AT&T and is essentially a better phone than this, sans the NFC chip.

      • there should be a new “tier” of phones between high end and mid range is all im saying

        • Azn_Android


  • Tom Landberg

    This looks better than the Dinc HD but I have to wonder what battery is in it. I’m guessing it won’t have the Maxx battery but maybe a 2300 battery.

    • cooksta32676

      Moto bailed on the 3300 battery. Too much heat and screen cracking on the MaXX. It happened to 3 people I know and Moto says its not a equipment flaw.

  • stubbX

    Why would Super Amoled need Color Boost? Its already over saturated.

    • Diablo81588

      Stop saying over saturated. OLEDs look that way because they have extreme contrast levels. People are so used to the faded colors of LCD screens that they automatically assume OLEDs are over saturated, when in fact, they are able to produce rich, vibrant images.

      • Azn_Android

        No, I will not stop saying over saturated; but thank you for trying to dictate what other people should think.

        • mikel

          I find the razr screen colors to be damn equal to my tvs when hooked up with hdmi. I never thought that i would like super amoldede, i dont have any intention to go back

          • The blacks are amazing compared to my old Rezound 🙂
            (I don’t want to hear a stupid black joke)

      • I love the original Razr’s screen! It makes my old Rezound look puny (I just wish they made the Razr full 720p) the blacks are so black (I don’t want to hear a single black joke!) and the colors are vibrant. I just wish the black ink looking stuff wasn’t behind the screen!

        • IanKellogg

          that is part of the really cheap AMOLED screen they used. I had the same problem on the three RAZR’s I had before I gave up trying to get a relaible phone. The nexus and the s3 don’t have this problem.

          • I don’t notice it with normal usage, so I’m not gonna complain to Verizon unless it gets worse but man, if I would have paid for this phone I would be pissed! Glad mine is a CLN Replacement that I got for a Rezound.

      • OLEDs don’t have accurate color reproduction. Anandtech has done a lot of reviews discussing it.

  • Maui

    Conveniently priced and new. 2 qualities that might make it sell. I don’t see Droid-Life readers picing this one up.

  • Mario Mendez

    Droid M will make high-end Android phones into mid-range phones when it comes out lol

  • chris125

    Huge bezels. Hopefully it performs better than the atrix HD

    • I know this has been talked about before but the side bezel can’t get much thinner without touch interference from your fingers when you hold it. Top and bottom at a bit big but it probably has more to do with the battery and warding off Apple lawyers.

      In reality though, even they aren’t that bad. You can’t have top to bottom screen real estate because of the radios and the cameras.

      • chris125

        I meant top and bottom bezels not the side ones.

  • not bad for a mid range phone. only bad spec is the qHD display.

    • cooksta32676

      For the average consumer, qhD is totally fine.

      • michael arazan

        2012 and they’re using a qhd? Motorola is better than this. Samsung would be more than happy to sell their screens to Moto, they do it for apple. Can’t wait to see an intel dual core 2.5 gig processor in a phone though.