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Motorola Employee Takes A Picture Of His Desk, Possibly Confirms Existence Of Droid Razr HD


It would appear that Motorola is putting even more of an effort into its resurrected Razr line. Just a few months after the hotly anticipated Droid Razr stepped onto the scene, Motorola offered the same unit with an upgraded battery, making the Droid Razr Maxx my new favorite Android phone with an 8+ hour battery life (and that’s under extreme duress).

Today, just a few months after the Razr Maxx, we’re seeings signs of yet another Razr line upgrade: The Droid Razr HD.

You see, both the Droid Razr and the Razr Maxx are excellent handsets, but with both sporting a qHD display resolution it was somewhat inevitable that Motorola would have to go spec-to-spec with competitors at some point and put out a 720p display. After seeing the EXIF data left by a Motorola Mobility employee on a picture of his desk he posted to his Picasa account, we’re thinking the Droid Razr HD (codenamed Vanquish) may be the real deal.

EXIF data can, of course, be altered. But we’ve seen instances in which leaked EXIF becomes solid evidence for or against the existence of a phone. Remember that 8MP sushi picture the Internet freaked out over back in September?

Lending further to its credibility, we saw a leak a few weeks back on a 4.6-inch 720p Motorola handset called the Droid Fighter (pictured below) that looked a helluva lot like the Droid Razr. Methinks these are the same handset.

There’s only so much information we can get from leaked EXIF data, but the document does point to a f/2.4 aperture size and a 5mm focal length. And if that weren’t enough, we’re seeing Android version 4.0.3 ICS as well.

The Razr line has thus far really kicked ass for Motorola, and hooking up this design with a gorgeous display should only propel Motorola further forward.

Here’s that EXIF info:

[via Blog of Mobile]

Motorola Employee Takes A Picture Of His Desk, Possibly Confirms Existence Of Droid Razr HD

Huawei Officially Announces The ICS-Powered Ascend D Quad Smartphone


We haven’t heard much from Huawei lately. Aside from a few smartphones here and there, the company hasn’t really made a huge push or impression as of late. But according to this release we’re seeing here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Huawei has quite a bit in store for us, including the freshly announced Ascend D quad smartphone.

Huawei wants to market this as the “world’s fastest smartphone,” which is a tough thing to calculate but probably has something to do with its Huawei K3V2 quad-core 1.2GHz processor and the fact that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is along for the ride. Past that, you’ll also find a 4.5-inch 720p display with a 32-bit true color graphic processor and 330ppi.

On the back you’ll find an 8-megapixel rear facing camera capable of video capture in 1080p, along with a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera. Manufacturers are finally starting to realize that our smartphones look really dumb when they die halfway through the day, which is likely why Huawei has tossed in an 1800mAh battery. That in itself isn’t all that exciting — the Razr Maxx has a 3300mAh battery — but Huawei is using special power management tech which gives 30 percent more juice by adjusting power consumption based on needs. The system also makes sure the processing chip temperature stays low.

The Ascend D is sure to be snappy with that quad-core chip, but the phone is actually surprisingly thin as well. It sports an 8.9mm waistline, the same as the Samsung Galaxy S II, but can’t quite be called “the world’s thinnest” thanks to the 7.1mm Droid Razr.

Huawei also has a few other iterations fitting into the D series, including the Ascend D quad XL and the Ascend D1 smartphones. The XL has all the same specifications except that it uses a much larger battery (2500mAh) and thus sports a tad thicker waistline at 10.9mm. Meanwhile, the D1 runs a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor and packs a smaller 1670mAh battery.

You’ll find any three of these phones in April of this year, though we’re still waiting to hear on pricing.

Huawei Officially Announces The ICS-Powered Ascend D Quad Smartphone

Motorola Outlines Further Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plans


Motorola has already confirmed that the Xooms, Droid Bionic, Razr, Razr Maxx and the Droid 4 will get a hefty helping of Ice Cream Sandwich this year, but the company has added a few more devices to its ICS upgrade schedule. The Photon 4G, Atrix 4G, Atrix 2, and the Electrify will all see Android 4.0 at some point during the course of 2012.

Motorola lists most of the devices for a Q3 release, with just a few getting Q2 treatment, so there’s still quite a road ahead for you Gingerbread-packing phandroids.

That is, if you even own a device slated for the update. There are quite a few Motorola handsets that will never see Ice Cream Sandwich at all.

It’s also worth noting that both the Q2 and Q3 releases are best-scenario projections. The updates must go through testing with both Motorola and the carriers before being sent out to the masses, and a single slip-up somewhere down the line could slow things up considerably.

For more information on Motorola’s update plans, check out their massive chart of who gets what when.

Motorola Outlines Further Ice Cream Sandwich Update Plans

Motorola’s First Ice Cream Sandwich Handset Smiles For The Camera


Motorola’s latest handsets have been pretty impressive. The Razr and Razr Maxx, in particular, are excellent handsets. But it would seem that the (almost) freshly acquired company has no intentions of resting on its laurels.

Rather than sticking with its usual OMAP-powered devices, Motorola has slapped an Intel Medfield chip on to this anonymous device. And lest we forget, Ice Cream Sandwich is finally coming along for the ride. (It sure does pay off to be under Google’s wing, doesn’t it?)

Based on the renders, it would appear that Motorola is also changing up its design language yet again. With the Razr, things took on more of a boxey look, but maintained the classic Moto hump along the back. However, this unnamed device is in more of a teardrop shape, nixing the hump altogether and instead getting thinner and thinner as we move down the phone.

Pocketnow reports that the big selling feature on this phone will be its camera, which should supposedly boast instant-on and 15 frame-per-second burst mode. That sounds delightful alongside Moto’s stellar camera app.

A new version of MotoBlur should also be in tow (undoubtedly smearing the beauty of ICS), and is expected to first debut at Mobile World Congress in a couple weeks.

Further details are sparse, but we’ll but sure to clue you in once we know more.

Motorola’s First Ice Cream Sandwich Handset Smiles For The Camera

Motorola Droid 4 Review: Initial Impressions (Video)

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Before we chat out the Droid 4 there’s a bit of other news we need to address right quick. As you’ll surely notice, we’re doing smartphone reviews a little differently now. That said, this video and my basic hands-on impressions are just the first in a three-part series reviewing the phone. Stay tuned for what comes next!

Alright then, back to business…

The Motorola Droid 4 has spent exactly 24 hours on shelves, and from the time I’ve spent with the phone I wouldn’t be surprised to hear that it’s doing quite well there.

If you keep up with phones you know that the Droid 4 is a big deal, the fourth in Motorola’s Droid brand (which happens to be one of the most successful Android brands we’ve seen to date), and a QWERTY-packing beast if I may say so. The thing about it, however, is that the keyboard (any physical keyboard) is becoming less and less necessary.

To be clear, I think that the Droid 4 keyboard is possibly one of the best I’ve ever used. It gives a solid tactile feedback and is fairly easy to navigate. The fact that it’s backlit only adds to my infatuation. But… a combination of great auto-correct and Swype nearly makes that keyboard useless.

I understand that back in the day typing on a touchscreen was super annoying, since the auto-correct wasn’t quite up to snuff. That’s not really the case anymore, and I almost feel like anyone who insists on a physical QWERTY is doing so simply because they’re so used to it.

Truth be told the transition can be tough from QWERTY to soft keys, but Swype can make that transition a lot easier and you’ll ultimately be much faster in the typing department.

Still, for those of you who demand QWERTY-style satisfaction, I can’t recommend a better handset than the Droid 4. The 4-inch screen compliments the size and weight of the phone perfectly, and it honestly doesn’t feel that much smaller than the 4.3-inch Razr display.

Watching movies and playing games is still just as great, in terms of size, but it only made me feel “eh” in terms of quality. Sure, it’s plenty bright and pixel-dense, but it doesn’t have the wow factor of these 720p displays we’re seeing lately.

I didn’t experience any serious issues with the phone in terms of performance, and it would seem that 1GB of RAM combined with that 1.2GHz dual-core processor can handle basic tasks and multitasking just fine. At the same time, I’ve only spent about 24 hours with it, so things may change with heavier testing.

As you can see in the video, the Droid 4 looks much more like the Razr or Razr Maxx than it does its other Droid family members. I almost wish that Kevlar fiber casing was along for the ride, too, but that might ruin one of the best things about the Droid 4: its $199.99 price tag from Verizon.

We’ll be hitting you with more on the Droid 4 as the week progresses, so stay tuned for the rest of our review.

Note: I mistakenly stated in the video that the Droid 4 runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, when it in fact runs Android 2.3.6. My apologies.

Motorola Droid 4 Review: Initial Impressions (Video)