Hot on the tail of Nokia’s announcement of the Lumia 920 and 820, Motorola has taken the stage at their own press event to announce the latest device in the DROID line, the DROID RAZR HD. The new RAZR HD features a 4.7-inch 720p HD display, the same snappy Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz processor that just about every other Android phone has been using. The DROID RAZR HD will also come with Ice Cream Sandwich, 4.0.4, which is a shame when you consider Motorola is owned by Google and yet Samsung is going to ship their Galaxy Note II with Jelly Bean. That aside, the RAZR HD will feature all the bells and whistles, including NFC, an 8-megapixel camera, 32GB of storage, LTE and a 2,500mAh battery. In addition to the RAZR HD, Motorola also announced the RAZR HD Maxx, which will feature the same hardware, but a larger battery of an unknown size.
Overall the new DROID RAZR HD features a smoother design then the previous RAZR’s, the lip at the top that usually houses the camera is gone, so the phone now has the typical “bar” shape. The display is rather large in comparison to the device and while it’s not truly edge-to-edge, the side bezel is very thin.
Much like Nokia and their Lumia devices today, Motorola also failed to announced a release date or a price. So it looks like both events today were merely an attempt to steal a little thunder from Apple’s iPhone, which will be announced next week, to be followed by an actual release the following week. It seems Motorola—and Nokia—just wanted to get these devices in front of the eyes of consumer, despite the fact they aren’t ready to ship. This could backfire as that the cat is out of the bag now, so in two months when they are ready to ship, there will be no big “to-do.” There will probably be a bigger, better device by then, like the next Nexus and of course the continued onslaught that will be the iPhone 5.