According to a rumor today out of Howard Forums, the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD may be delayed because the devices are having antenna issues. The issues reportedly stem from antenna locations and size, since the antennas make contact with the edges of the device. If this rumor is in fact true, then we may not see the device until after Thanksgiving or Black Friday.
On a related note, multiple sources told us this week that Verizon has added both devices to its MAP (minimum advertised price) list. They are showing a potential launch date of October 18 and prices of $199 (RAZR HD) and $299 (MAXX HD). We have seen Big Red add devices to this list in the past and then not launch them until weeks after the MAP list indicates, so by no means is 10/18 the date. It does surprise me to hear rumors of a delay, though.
Also, the device has already launched in Brazil, so while that version is not CDMA, I can’t imagine that the LTE and GSM radios are placed all that differently than they are in the Verizon versions.
Lastly, as DL readers have already pointed out in the comments, it’s a little late in the game to just now find antenna issues. Hardware fixes that involve moving antennas around can’t be easy to do. If do need to make changes, they better get on it.
If anything, we’ll know by October 18 if Verizon plans to launch them or not or if this antenna-gate is true.