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Verizon Makes It Official – DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD Launching October 18

Verizon announced moments ago that the DROID RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD are launching October 18 for $199 and $299, respectively.  We first reported this date a few days ago, but now it’s officially official. For those of you waiting to get the latest and greatest from Motorola, you will have your opportunity in a week.

The regular RAZR HD will have 16GB of internal storage and come in both black and white color options. The RAZR MAXX HD will have 32GB of internal storage and is only available in black.

  • foxyoung

    I talked to some of the stores here in Florida and they said the phone would not be at stores till a week after the 18th.

  • Pegleg

    Here we are four days from the release of the HD and MAXX HD and VZW is still advertising the M ! Go figure. )-;

  • Anon

    Said before, will say again.

    Will not buy until it comes stock with Jelly Bean. There is no reason to trust Motorola or Verizon to release such an update in a timely fashion, and if it doesn’t come stock at the time of release, then not enough work is being done in the Moto camp.

    Said as someone who already owns a Motorola phone and wants to like the HD/HD MAXX.

  • Jim McClain

    with the s4 chip and that huge battery, you might have to plug in once a week,,lol

  • billyt

    After using my wife’s RAZR M I am so impressed that I am considering buying the MAXX HD off contract. Great phone.

  • Steve Rajek

    Hopefully this prompt release date squashes those silly antenna-gate rumors recently.

  • Ubi2447

    I’m sorry, but for me this phone is about 3 months and 18 days too late.
    I’m a huge moto fan but a device with these specs coming out to compete with Nexus devices and 1080p screens is a joke. I had to break down and buy a S3 a month and a half ago because this device took a year to come out after it was leaked. I love my Droids but this device is already on the dated end of the spectrum.

  • ezpotato

    as a non-fan boy of any specific brand, (although pretty anti-samsung build quality) I messed around with this thing yesterday. Oh my god, the hardware is amazing. It’s quite an attractive phone in real life, and the biggest thing that stands out is how solid it feels in your hand and how thin it feels as well. it’s got a silver band around the edges, and everything is so well fitted and feels amazing in your hand. the bezel on the sides was awesomely small, same with the top, but the bottom was slightly larger.

    I have had a LOT of phones in the last few months, RAZR, Maxx, GS3, Rezound, and now my Nexus, and have lots of previous experience with the One X, etc, and this phone is incredible. THe interface is basically stock, down to almost every detail, the screen is amazing, and puts my nexus to shame. I wasnt planning on buying this outright, but I may now. And i usually dont get excited about phones, but the build quality alone is selling me. (Plus HDMI out)

    Yes, a lot of you will care about having truly stock android, but honestly, i’m fine with the interface on this, and nothing a little nova launcher cant solve either.

    • JTL

      How did you happen to get your hands on one?!?

      • There are a few of them floating around for training purposes.

      • ezpotato

        haha i have some industry friends, along with working somewhat in the industry right now.. i have a pic but i cant reallly upload it yet.

  • Swag

    Who cares. I want a galaxy note 2 on Verizon release date darn it!

  • Dr_Buttballs

    I still don’t like the fact that the back looks like a wicker basket.

  • Capt. Crunch

    How much will they cost off contract?

    • daniel

      I want to know this as well.. I am hoping for $549 for the 16gb non-maxx

      • daniel

        So I spoke with a CSR and she quoted me $599 for RAZR HD.. I think that is a bit High but not unlike Verizon to charge to much for stuff..

    • Would bet $549 and $649.

      • I was thinking the same thing. Give or take $50.

  • Aaa

    I forget, do these have JB upon release?

  • chris125

    If this had the s4 pro in it then maybe but with better devices with newer hardware literally weeks away moto is once again behind the curve.

  • JTL

    Can anyone give any insight to the main differences (other than battery) between the Maxx HD and the Atrix HD?

    • ezpotato

      the build quality on this phone is 40x better. the screens are almost the same, this may be bigger? but i’ve played with both a bit, and the razr is just more attractive and less plastic.

      • JTL

        Thank you! What about internal specs? I want a phone to last a while (I am currently on a Thunderbolt and hate it — I am going with the Maxx due to battery).
        Thanks again.

  • alex drum

    Remind me again why they did not just make the max in the first place? Its obvious it was under development when they released the razor as it came out just over a month later. This phone should be the second generation of the new Razr brand name, the the 10th generation that it is.

  • chris125

    no thanks moto. Maybe a developer version but even that is iffy. Moto just sucks with updates and supporting their devices. I mean if it launches with ics how is it samsung can release a phone in the note with jb yet moto can’t even get this with jb?

  • Pegleg

    Any info on pre-ordering?

  • XvierX

    “Thank you for registering. You will be one of the first to hear about Motorola news and events.”

    This its what you’re confirmation email from Motorola will read once you sign up for updates about the upcoming release of the Droid Razr HD Maxx. What they failed to mention is that I “will be one of the first to hear” about the release date, however I won’t be hearing it from Motorola themselves. I don’t know why I bother signing up for updates on their websites anymore. DroidLife is where it’s at. Thank goodness for this site.

    • cleetose

      HTC still hasn’t emailed me about the Thunderbolt.

      • Kevin K.

        they did you a favor

  • Mordecaidrake

    Locked bootloaders and never upating are why I’m not longer getting this phone. There’s no good androids coming this year apparently 🙁

  • FAIL! I must say it was quite boring when I had the razr maxx. The battery was/is the best but the locked boot loader and lack of love from the Dev’s just = FAIL. GS3 is the shizzle and lasts me all day which is my minimum and fine by me!

    I was on the bus worrying about what would come after I let my 14 day return policy expire (which was today btw) on my recently purchased Verizon) GS3 but I’ve decided this phone was an excellent choice for what options we have at this very point in time. I’ve actually gotten used to the plastic light weight design and with a case (which is a must) it’s just perfect.

  • 2001400ex

    Does this have a pentile screen like the original razr? My wife’s drives me nuts. I have 20/15 vision and all I see are the black dots.

    • Diablo81588

      It is pentile, but its HD. At this pixel density, you’d be hard pressed to notice the difference.

      • 2001400ex

        Ya I guess I will have to see it. Most people don’t see it in the razr either, my wife included.

    • alex drum

      Yea buddy! Finally another guy with 20/15, it has its positives and negatives my friend.

    • ezpotato

      nope. screen is amazing. whoops my nexus and the gs3. the colors are bright as hell, the viewing angle is almost unlimited, and the resolution is top notch.

  • ayyy

    I’m still buying it. The regular HD version. I’ve had so much bad luck with Android devices not being reliable I need a Moto phone with at least ICS, that will not drop calls/data and with decent specs.

    I’ve had the worst luck with Samsung phones (Gnex couldn’t hold call or data signal) and I’m just ready for something more solid. Don’t give a flying crap that the Note 2 has dope specs, it’s going to have Sammy radios and be too big. As long as the Razr HD gets jelly bean eventually I’ll be happy.

    • coolhand

      I couldn’t agree with you more. While I love the G-Nexus and now have the S3 I’m sick of the drop calls and signal issues. The main point of having a phone is to make reliable calls. My wife has a Moto razor and never drops a call at home. I have to go outside the house and talk otherwise I will drop the call. This is my last Samsung.

      • This has been the case for a long time. Moto is a telecommunications company and has been for god knows how long (i’m too lazy to wiki it). Samsung is an electronics manufacturer much like apple where they don’t have a clue how to properly design antennas/radios. No offense to either of those companies in other areas as they have solid performance in other areas (camera/screens/etc) but a phone is still a phone. I should be able to make a call and have the other person hear me 99.9% of the time.

        • Chad

          I couldn’t agree more! My GS3 is the first and last Samsung phone that I ever buy. Great in every way except for the most important one, as a phone. Really sad when I’m at work and a coworker across from me has a solid 3G signal on a 2 year old DX and I’m sitting with my new GS3 and barely have a 1x signal. This is everyday. I’ll be selling mine as soon as I can get the Razr HD.

        • balthuszar

          my husband had the fascinate, sold his incredible to buy the fascinate, biggest mistake he’s ever made as far as phones go…update after update fixed the problem from the previous update but introduced a new problem…the last straw was when he couldn’t hook it up to the computer to transfer files, and when he called samsung, they told him that since he could still use it as a phone it wasn’t broken, and therefore there was nothing they were going to do for him

    • I agree, I took my GS3 back to verizon because it kept dropping my wifi signal

  • I’ll wait for the motorola nexus when it comes. Until then…i’m just going to ignore all the remnant products pre-googorola. 🙂

  • nochargerforme

    Until another phone can get through an entire day on 4G (no toggling, etc) using it as you wish, I am interested! You can put bigger screens, faster processors and more RAM, but if I have to find a charger or have to toggle 3G/4G daily, then those aren’t an option for me.

    • I have no problem getting through an entire day, “using it as I wish” with my Galaxy S3.

      • ditto

      • If you’re in a strong signal area and have moderate to light usage habits you should be able to squeak out a day on the GS3. I work in a lower signal structure (steel framed building) with about 1200 other employees which slaughters my signal (read: battery drain) and I use my phone all day for business. Everyone here that has the GS3 has to tether that sucker to a wall towards the end of their 8 hour shift to make it to the end (unless it was literally at 100% when they started their shift) and there are some areas of the building where they get no signal at all. I understand this is not “normal” though and that this place is basically a gauntlet to try and run a phone in. While most people don’t “need” that kind of performance out of a battery many people “appreciate” the sense of security it provides to not have to worry about it.

    • LionStone

      DROIDInc 4, all day long on 4G…with the stock 1700 or 2150 mAh battery…

    • balthuszar

      i regularly get 18-19 hours on my razr…once got 28

  • Southrncomfortjm

    $100 more for a bigger battery and some extra storage is a joke. You can get an unlocked GNEX for almost that much *without* a contract. I think the software and unlockable nature of the GNEX outweigh the MAXX’s battery.

    • Greg

      But you wont have 4G or the Verizon network. i agree it is a ripoff, half a nexus 7 only gets you 16GB and 1000mAh…

    • Diablo81588

      That’s your opinion. Most of us need an actual phone, not some unreliable play toy.

  • nice phone, but I’ll stick to my RAZR for now. This is a no-go for me. Dual core and only 1GB of ram?! Something tells me this is the last of everybody’s favorite former motor CEO. Motorola can we get onto some vanilla devices now? October 29th motonexus announcement would be nice with big red launch by end of year…

    Yeah and id like a large fry with that too

    • William_Morris

      Make sure to have your unicorn blood and quadruple rainbow ready to get your announcement.

  • ddevito

    And will launch two iterations of Android behind the Nexus, yet ironically owned by Google.


    • Diablo81588

      This phone was in development long before the buy out, and Google said it will have jelly bean before the end of the year. Its not a nexus, and you can’t expect the newest Android version right out of the box.

      • ddevito

        pitiful excuse. It’s been out for 3 months

        • Bob G


        • jak_341

          I agree. The next version of Android is probably a month away. It will be 2 iterations behind. Simply unacceptable.

  • Southrncomfortjm

    Anyone have a good explanation for why Verizon likes to lock down bootloaders? I’ve heard about “damage to network” but I’m not sure what, if any, kind of damage an unlocked phone could do to their network.

    • CopierITGuy

      2 words: Douche Baggery!

    • Cost. Plain and simple. Way too many exchanges on devices that have nothing physically wrong with them.

  • Michael Forte

    If these had an unlocked bootloader and 2GB of RAM I’d consider them.

  • techie_1

    A bootloader unlocked nexus from motorola is the only thing that would win me back.

  • cancerous_it
    • T4rd

      This is very relevant and true. Disregarding the whole bootloader mess (which the carriers are at least partially to blame), Moto has been horrible about supporting their phones. There’s absolutely no reason why the Bionic shouldn’t have got ICS yet and at this point, I doubt it will. All other phones will have a 6-8 months wait minimum to get updated, if they get updated at all.

      • Jeremy Bardrof

        This is exactly why every day I get a little happier that I put the ICS leak on my wifes Bionic.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Dude lost me when he said don’t buy a Motorola Nexus.

      Sorry but when Moto releases a Nexus I will buy it. A Motorola Nexus would make his whole point invalid.

      • Bob G

        Amen, brotha!

        • michael arazan

          why did they build 2 of the same phone again? Just make the Razr maxx HD and that’s it, why do you need 2 of the same phone and one with a better battery, seems redundant

          • G_Gordon

            So they can sell one for $300

    • Alexander Garcia

      Say what you will about Moto, but by the end of the year I will be deciding between the RAZR Maxx HD or the new Nexus. Moto’s had a lot of mis-management and mistakes taken, but they make some pretty damn solid and well-sorted out devices in my opinion and in the opinions of many others as well.

  • Laki S.

    We’ll see, Moto….. You’ve burned me with the Bionic, but just like my no-good childhood sweetheart, I’m still intrigued by you.. I’ll wait to see what Nexus has in store, but if it’s just that LG, or another Nexus without the battery or VZ service, I’ll come crawling back to you in time for Christmas.

  • Buy This

    Cool too bad your phones come with a padlock attached and I already have a G-nex.

    • Pad lock = funny however the gnex is a real turd.

      • Buy This

        no way! I have had mine for about 2 weeks now and absolutely love it. Only negative is that the OEM extended battery lasts as long as my bionic stock battery did. Still 15-17 hours with solid use ain’t half bad.

      • jak_341

        GNEX is simply the best Android phone to date. Nothing has topped it. The radio issue is WAY overblown.

        • Depends which one of the 12+ freaking HW revisions you’re using… The original HW rev 0 GNEX was absolutely awful.

    • Diablo81588

      Lets see. Locked bootloader that only limits flashing custom radios, or dealing with a disgrace of a phone such as the galaxy nexus? I know which I would pick.

  • Score. Now to land myself a dev edition

    • T4rd

      I don’t see much point in getting a dev edition if it’s not going to get much dev support. And I don’t think it will get much dev support since there’s already better hardware out and there will be considerably better hardware out in the next month or so when the S4 Pro will be in phones that don’t require a “Dev edition” to unlock and flash ROM/kernels on.

      • kixofmyg0t

        International RAZR HD’s are unlocked btw.

        • chris125

          that does nothing for the people on verizon hence why they are reading about a verizon device….

          • kixofmyg0t

            My point is only the Verizon HD is locked down. Not everyone who reads this site is on Verizon, just as the RAZR HD isn’t exclusive to Verizon.

            Plus with more unlocked devices being out it should help spur development for it.

          • chris125

            yes but you are commenting on an article about a verizon phone so most of the people reading about a verizon phone are going to be on verizon…..

          • kixofmyg0t

            I read the HTC One-X posts…and GSM Galaxy Nexus posts..and I don’t have a HTC phone….nor am I on its carriers. Don’t assume that only Verizon customers are gonna read news about it.

          • chris125

            which is why I said MOST…

          • majormudafuckinhun

            But then there are those that were on Verizon and are now on AT&T but ate considering coming back to Verizon so they log on here to read about phones on Verizon so they can make a decision on whether or not they’d like to come back to Verizon.

          • chris125

            Stay on att and get international version and it will be unlocked and get faster updates.

    • kixofmyg0t

      Score yourself a international version if you’re not on Verizon, they’re unlocked anyway.

      Oh and all RAZR HD’s have the same radios…..

      • Diablo81588

        Will the international version work on Verizon’s LTE? I was under the impression that there were so many frequency bands for LTE, that a “global” LTE phone doesnt exist. I could be wrong though.

        • kixofmyg0t

          It’s more of a matter of getting Verizon to play nice and allow it on the network. Plus I assume their are minor software differences between the 925 and 926.

          But from what I understand, all RAZR HD’S are the same hardware wise. Now unless there’s something I’m missing…. I’m pretty sure it SHOULD work. But it also comes down to money, actually getting a 925 may cost you the same as a unsecured 926…..

          Just something to think about.

        • chris125

          no it wont

        • Semi-related but I’m curious if the Dev editions will be SIM locked to non-usa GSM carriers only like the current razr. There is no unlocking method for sims on it. If you have a non-US based sim you just pop it in. If you have ATT/TMOUSA it won’t work.

  • Does anyone besides hardcore Motorola hardware fans care any more? These devices are so late to market it’s not even funny. The more options, the merrier though.

    • But this one has the geebeez?

      • cancerous_it

        If by geebeez you mean locked encrypted bootloader which no one will ever crack, then I agree with you.

        • I thought this phone fell under Moto’s bootloader unlock feature/policy. It doesn’t?

    • The competition is making these phones look bland. They are just catching up to the S3 and in 3 months they will be well behind the curve as Samsung and HTC introduce heavy hitters.

      • My point exactly.

      • jak_341

        Motorola is simply irrelevant in the mobile market now. Bad hardware and no support will do this.

    • Diablo81588

      Motorola and Apple are similar in this way. It doesn’t matter if they have the latest and greatest specs. Marketing and proven reliability sell devices. I mostly buy moto phones because even if they don’t have the best specs, I know I can count on it being reliable. Can’t say the same for most other manufacturers from experience.

      • Motorola’s awful sales figures over the past few years beg to differ with you. No one cares about the “reliability”* of something that’s under warranty for a year and will be replaced in 2 years anyway.

        *Yes, reliability is a concern, but nowhere near as much as it is for devices expected to have longer life such as HDTVs or PCs.

        • Diddy

          For people like me who will be buying their next phone full-price to retain unlimited data on VZW, reliability *will* be a big deal. The 2 year upgrade rat race will be coming to an end for a lot of folks.

          • It was recently commented here that the reason VZW is dangling the full-price + no contract thing is to enable them to rip up grandfathered unlimited data contracts. Once everyone is technically off grandfathered contracts they can technically drop unlimited data for all of us.

            Of course, this is a worst case scenario outlook, but it certainly is possible.

        • LLcdPH

          For anyone who needs a PHONE for work and travel… this beats and Sammy (including my GS3) hands down. Anybody want to buy a two month old S3?

        • Diablo81588

          I would bet you that reliability in a phone is most peoples number one priority. If I need to make an emergency call, or even look up the signs of a heart attack, then I want the piece of mind that my phone will not let me down. Whether that be unable to get a signal, or having a dead battery, it makes no difference. Your comment is so foolish.

          As for the comment on sales figures, Motorola has one primary market. One country, on one carrier. They do sell in a few other markets, but Verizon is their main partner. Samsung, Apple and HTC on the other hand, sell in HUNDREDS of markets around the world. Despite this, Motorola still manages to be one of the top sellers on Verizon. The Maxx was the number one selling phone in the second quarter of this year, and I expect the HD will not dissappoint as well.

          I will say again, marketing sells phones. Verizon will market which OEM listens to them and will be the most reliable, not the most “developer friendly”.

          • Considering that Motorola phones are available on Sprint and AT&T AND Moto’s latest models appear in Asian markets first … I’m not really sure where you get the “one country, one carrier” idea from.

            Also, what I meant by my reliability statement is that reliability in the phone industry is currently a commodity feature. It’s not a marketable selling point.

          • Diablo81588

            They have maybe one phone on each of the other carriers. I specifically said that Verizon is their main market, not the only market.

      • Justin W

        Honestly, I agree with you. I’ve had Moto phones for years now (since the original dumbphone Razr), and I’ve never once had an issue with reliability. My OG Droid and Bionic both have taken beatings, but both worked until well after I needed them to.

      • Matthew Merrick

        reliability? my dad’s (and ex-girlfriend’s) horrible experiences with motorola phones – 4 between them – have made everyone i know swear off motorla devices.

        • Diablo81588

          User error or just bad luck with a defective device. My entire family has no issues with any of their phones. Can’t say the same for friends that own devices from other manufacturers.

        • Raven

          I loved my OG Droid and have loved my Droid 2 for a long time. My wife loved her Droid 2 and currently loves her Droid 4. They are built very well and can take a lot of abuse. I finally gave up waiting for a Droid 5 though and bought a Droid 4 off contract to keep my unlimited data and I am sure I will love that too when it finally get here next week.