the motorola ‘droid 4’ slide smartphone

at CES 2012, motorola debuted its ‘droid 4’ and ‘droid razr maxx’, both serviced by verizon. while the ‘4’ offers a better keyboard and increased processing power compared to its predecessor, the slim-profiled ‘razr maxx’ offers among its other features a battery length of 21 hours of consistent talk time with a single charge.

both devices feature motorola’s ‘motocast’ applications, interfacing with cloud storage for multimedia files.

motorola: droid 4 + razr maxx at CES 2012 view of the ‘droid 4’ closed

running a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, the ‘droid 4’ features a 4-inch qHD (940×540) display screen, with 1.3-megapixel HD front camera (at 720p) and 8-megapixel rear camera (1080p). the device measures 2.65 by 5 inches and is 0.5-inches in depth (67.3 x 127 x 12.7 mm) when closed; when slid open, the five-row QWERTY keyboard simplifies input. testers of the model have reported prominent, well-separated keys– which are also edge-lit– compared to most smartphones.

‘mirror mode’ lets users seamlessly display images and video from the device onto compatible HDTVs.

motorola: droid 4 + razr maxx at CES 2012 the ‘droid razr maxx’

of a similar form factor to the ‘droid 4’ but featuring more powerful specs, the ‘droid razr maxx’ measures 5.1 by 2.7 inches (130.7 x 68.9 mm). its most impressive feature is its battery, featuring an alleged 21.5 hours of talk time on a single charge; in standby, the phone’s battery lasts 380 hours (over two weeks). while slightly thicker than the former ‘razr’ at 0.35-inches (8.9-mm), the phone is still one of the thinner options on the market and weighs only 5.1-ounces (145g), topped by a 4.3-inch 540×960 super AMOLED screen. the device also features corning gorilla glass in its production and a coating of water-repellent nanoparticles.

motorola: droid 4 + razr maxx at CES 2012 ‘droid razr maxx’ in use

while pricing for the ‘droid 4’ has not yet been revealed, the ‘droid razr maxx’ is expected to retail at 300 USD with a two-year agreement. simultaneous to the releases, motorola announced the availability of the previous generation ‘razr’ in purple, for the cost of 200 USD.

motorola: droid 4 + razr maxx at CES 2012 side view comparison of the ‘droid 4’ (left) and ‘droid razr maxx’ (right)