Oct. 18, 2011 at 12:33 PM ET
As rumored, Motorola introduced the Droid RAZR phone today, calling it an "impossibly thin" phone with a stainless-steel core, a Gorilla Glass screen and a nanotechnology Splash-guard that protects even the electrical boards inside.
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, aka 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.
The RAZR also has MotoCast, a syncing system that Jha is calling the phone's most important feature. "You can stream content from your computer straight to your pocket (or purse) so your personal content is always within reach," says the press release. "And, because you don’t have to upload to a third-party site, you’re saving time while gaining peace of mind. That’s right — your files stay safe because they stay with you."
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