Motorola Unveils The World’s Thinnest Smartphone: Droid Razr

Motorola unveiled its latest phone, the Droid Razr, which it touts as “the world’s thinnest smartphone,” at an event this afternoon in New York City.

Motorola introduced the new Droid RAZR Tuesday, adding a new smartphone to the competition after the iPhone 4S was released in stores on Friday. Motorola seeks to target this market of die-hard smartphone fans, but can the new Motorola Droid RAZR compete with the popular iPhone 4s? We look at the expected specs and features of the new Motorola Droid RAZR and compare it with the current iPhone 4S. Photo: Motorola

As rumored, Motorola has unveiled its newest smartphone, the Droid Razr, calling it the “impossibly thin” phone with a stainless-steel core, a Gorilla Glass screen and a nanotechnology Splash-guard that protects even the electrical boards inside.

‘The world’s thinnest 4G smartphone’  is 7.1mm thin, features an 8 MP rear camera, and has a 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM. It has a 4.3-inch super AMOLED advanced QHD display and is powered by Android Gingerbread.

Motorola Mobility president Sanjay Jha declared the 7.1mm-thick mobile device the world’s thinnest smartphone. Not only is it thinner than other 3G phones, it will run on Verizon Wireless’s 4G LTE network. In other countries, the phone will be called the Motorola RAZR; details on international carriers and network compatibility will come soon.

The 4.3-inch screen has qHD resolution and is not LCD but Super AMOLED, like Samsung’s Galaxy phones. This means it has higher contrast and richer color than iPhone 4S, says Jha. Not only will it have an incredibly high-res screen and a powerful 1.2GHz dual-core processor, but it will be the “first device to download HD movies from Netflix.”

On the software front, it runs Android 2.3.5, nicknamed Gingerbread. It will not launch with Ice Cream Sandwich, the next version of the Android OS, which is set to be announced in the next day. The Droid RAZR supports the webtop interface, like the Droid Bionic, Atrix, Photon and others, so you can dock it to one of Motorola’s lapdocks, in order to run full Firefox browser.

Internally, Smart Actions let it save up to 30 percent of the battery life by doing things like turning off Bluetooth and GPS when you get to work, and can make your life easier by automatically switching from ring to vibrate when going to church or some high-powered conference.

Apple’s iPhone 4S comes equipped with the recently announced iOS 5. The important features of iOS 5 are already found in the Android, except iMessage that is copied from RIM’s BlackBerry and the hot new personal assistant program, Siri. The iOS 5 important features include the notification bar, cloud synchronization, wireless syncing, Twitter integration and Widgets.

However, much like the new iOS 5 and Siri, the RAZR will come with a host of new software perks. The MotoCast app will allow users to share content, much like “cloud computing,” between computers and smartphones via Wi-Fi.

Moreover, the RAZR seeks to compete with RIM’s BlackBerry and Apple’s iMessage program with a suite of business-ready features. The RAZR seeks to allure corporate and government employees with remote wipe, PIN lock, data encryption, and syncing programs.

“Ultimately, I’m impressed with the Razr,” writes Christina Warren. “This is Verizon’s big Android phone for the holiday season and a valiant competitor against both the Samsung Galaxy S II and the iPhone 4S.”

It will be exclusively available in on Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network early November for $299.99, with a 2-year contract. Check out more pics and info on Motorola’s site. Meanwhile, the Apple iPhone 4S costs $199 for the 16GB model, $299 for the 32GB model and $399 for the 64GB model. It is available with AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless.

Jha claims that the RAZR will only take three seconds to load compared to the 20 seconds required for the iPhone 4S. He also said that a 5MB video can be uploaded in 12 seconds on the Droid RAZR compared to 76 seconds on the iPhone 4S.

The Apple iPhone 4S, on the other hand, has HSDPA 14.4 Mbps and HSUPA 5.8 Mbps support. The iPhone 4S also has CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz) technology. The RAZR has a 1780 mAH battery, which is expected to mean 12.5 hours of 3G talk time and 8.9 hours of video playback. The RAZR software comes with “Smart Actions,” which seeks to save up to 30% of battery life by automatically turning off Bluetooth and GPS when the tools aren’t necessary.

The iPhone 4S has a Li-Po 1,420 mAh battery, with 8 hours of talk time on 3G and up to 14 hours on 2G networks (GSM). Although Apple may have a cool reputation, the Google Android OS is an open source system, which means greater liberty and transparency for its users. Anyone can access Android’s source to improve the OS. Weakness in the phone’s OS can be quickly fixed by programmers in the open source system. The iPhone 4S is in a closed Apple system that does not include this option.

Motorola’s Droid RAZR also has a revolutionary WebTop application that allows the smartphone to extend far beyond its average usage. The RAZR can be connected to a HD Multi-Media dock accessory and the WebTop application does the rest.

Via an HDMI connection to HDTV or PC monitor, the user can launch a full Firefox 4.0 browser that gives access to the phone’s interface as well as 200,000 Android Marketplace apps. The user can then use the Droid RAZR as a computer-phone cyborg, surfing the Web, making calls, running GoogleDocs, and other web applications. The RAZR comes with high security programs as well to make sure the information shared is secure and protected. [Motorola via IB Times]

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