Motorola has announced two new budget-oriented RAZRs for Brazil – the RAZR D1 and the RAZR D3. The D1 is caters to the low-end with its 3.5-inch WVGA (800*480) display, 1GB of RAM, 1GHz processor, 4GB of internal storage and a 1785mAh battery.
The RAZR D2 sports a bigger 4-inch screen, and a beefier 1.2GHz dual-core processor along with a 2000mAh battery. The designs of both the handset are similar to Motorola’s RAZR M handset. The handsets will be running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when released. The Google effect is slowly but steadily making its presence felt in Motorola products, and the RAZR D1/D3 continues that trend with “a guaranteed update to the next Android version”.
Motorola is known to launch handsets specifically tailored for Brazil and the Argentina market, so the RAZR D1 and D3 should not come as a surprise. The D1 will be available in single SIM and dual-SIM variants for R$549 ($280), while the D3 will be available after in “several weeks” for about R$799 ($410).
Own a Motorola handset? Here is some bad news for you! Motorola has updated its Ice Cream Sandwich update timeline to reflect the delay of Android 4.0 update progress for its handsets. The Motorola Droid RAZR, RAZR MAXX and the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + 4G devices will taste Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in the next couple of months i.e. before Q2 of 2012 ends. A whopping 6 months after Google pushed Ice Cream Sandwich to AOSP.
For all other handsets, like the Atrix 2, Droid 4, Atrix 4G, the Droid Bionic and the Xyboard tablets, the Ice Cream Sandwich update will land sometime in Q3. Motorola is the only company, apart from LG, that has not updated any of its devices to Ice Cream Sandwich, except for the Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi only edition. The company has also confirmed that the Droid X2, which was launched less than a year ago, will not get the Ice Cream Sandwich update.
With Google I/O a month away, I am sure by the time Motorola will update the RAZR to Ice Cream Sandwich, Google would have announced a new version of Android. As if the locked bootloader on their phones were not enough, the slow update process of the company’s handset is another icing on the cake to never buy a Motorola branded Android handset.
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The Motorola Droid RAZR is perhaps the perfect example of a decent phone announced at the wrong time. The handset was announced just hours before Samsung and Google unveiled the Galaxy Nexus, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The RAZR is a decent Android handset with a sub-par 4.3-inch qHD Super-AMOLED Advanced display, a 1.2GHz dual core processor and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, 4G LTE and an insanely thin waist line of 7.1mm which packs a 1780mAh battery.
A couple of months after the RAZR was released, Motorola released a fatter version of the handset dubbed as the Droid RAZR MAXX. The MAXX is similar to the RAZR except that it is a bit thicker at 9mm, but packs in a beefy 3300mAh battery. Thanks to the beefy battery, the RAZR MAXX easily lasts a day under heavy usage while constantly using Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.
A month after releasing the RAZR MAXX, Motorola again released a new variant of the RAZR with an unlocked bootloader targeted for the developers. The handset came with no warranty whatsoever, and had to be purchased outright and was available only in the United States.
Today, Motorola has announced another variant of the RAZR MAXX which comes with GSM radios. The handset will be running on Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box, but will get the Ice Cream Sandwich update soon. The handset is expected to be available in selected markets in Europe and Middle East sometime in May 2012.
Earlier this month, when Motorola announced its Q4, 2011 earnings, the company stated that it will release less but quality handsets this year, so as to consolidate its brand name and create brand recognition among consumers.
However, it looks like Motorola has already forgotten its promise. Earlier today, the company announced via its community blog that they will soon be releasing the Developer Edition of the RAZR, which will come with an unlocked bootloader. The developer edition of the RAZR will only be released in Europe, though. Developers need to buy this phone outright, that is without a contract, and the phone will come without a Warranty. Yes, Motorola wants you to spend $600+ on a handset, which does not come without any sort of warranty.
The blog post from Motorola does state that the company is also planning on releasing an unlockable developer device in the United States through MotoDEV. In all probability, Motorola will be announcing this unnamed device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, next month.
While its good to see that Motorola will finally start taking the Android developer community seriously, I still cannot understand why Motorola can’t release a single phone with an unlocked bootloader. Why do developers need to buy a different variant of the phone? Hopefully, Motorola will soon realize their mistake, or we need to wait and see how Google’s takeover of Motorola will change this policy of Moto.
Readers can find out more information about the Developer Edition of the RAZR here.
Looks like Motorola is working on its next high-end dual-core powered Android smartphone with 4G LTE, the Spyder a.k.a the Droid RAZR. Looks like Motorola is finally going to bring it’s most successful brand – RAZR – to one of the popular mobile brand’s in the U.S. – DROID.
The folks over at This Is My Next managed to get their hands on the Droid RAZR. From the leaked images, the Droid RAZR looks like a sleek and sexy handset, reminiscing of the original RAZR handsets. The phone is also en-wrapped in a Kevlar casing, making the phone dust and water resistant.
Internally, the RAZR seems to be similar to the Bionic with 1GB of RAM, a faster 1.2GHz dual-core processor most probably from OMAP, an 8MP camera with Full-HD video recording and an HD’ camera in the front. Like all other high-end Motorola phones, the handset also sports Moto’s WebTop feature.
The most interesting part of the DROID RAZR is its 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen with qHD (640×960) resolution. Yes, the Droid RAZR is most probably going to be the first phone from any Android manufacturer, except from Samsung, to sport a Super-AMOLED screen. Looks like Samsung is finally going to end its Super-AMOLED screen exclusivity.
While, the qHD SAMOLED screen on the RAZR is nice, I doubt it will stand a chance, resolution wise, against the upcoming high-end Android phones from various manufacturers with 720p HD resolution. The upcoming Nexus handset from Google is also rumored to sport a 720p HD screen. If Motorola wants any takers for the Droid RAZR, it must get the phone out from its assembly unit as soon as possible.