The new RAZR era is about to begin. Pre-orders of the Motorola Droid RAZR, the new Android-based super-slim (7.1mm) smartphone are about to begin, as of Thursday at 8 a.m. EDT.
The new Droid RAZR is the latest Droid device on Verizon's network, and will sport Gingerbread (Android 2.3.5), but Motorola has already said it will get Ice Cream Sandwich, no doubt. The RAZR sports 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4.3-inch 960 x 540 resolution Super AMOLED screen. It will come with 16GB of internal storage, along with an SD slot (but no card).
The Droid RAZR will have an 8MP rear camera, and a front-facing HD camera for video chat. Not only is the device made with Kevlar, it will also have a water repellent nanocoating that Motorola says will protect the phone and even the inside components against everyday spills. It's unclear if that will mean that a drop in the toilet will no longer trigger the water sensor inside of the phone, the bane of people trying to return toilet-dunked smartphones.
It will also have Bluetooth 4.0, which makes it the second phone to carry that version. The first was the iPhone 4S. Bluetooth 4.0 is also known as Bluetooth Smart, and introduces greatly lowered power consumption. For now, you can't do much more with Bluetooth 4.0, but later, new Bluetooth 4.0 peripherals will appear, and these sensor-type devices will include things like heart-rate monitors or pedometers, devices that are designed to collect specific pieces of information.
The Droid RAZR's battery will be 1780 mAh, which is good since the phone will be sport LTE, which is good speed-wise, but bad battery-wise, as LTE is a battery hog.
Customers will be able to shop for the RAZR at http://www.droiddoes.com/DroidRazr. The link is still dead, but once again, will go live at 8 a.m. EDT. Customers can also pre-order in stores or by calling 1 800 2 JOIN IN.
The big question is when: when will you get your Droid RAZR? Verizon is kind of unspecific. They say that pre-orders of the DROID RAZR will ship no later than Nov. 10.