CES 2012 – Motorola DROID 4 and RAZR

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The long-awaited, rumored & leaked to death Motorola DROID 4 has finally gotten an official press release at CES, and it’s absolutely as wonderful as we expected. While many of the tech specs have been floating around on the internet for a little while now, an official press release, like Pavlov’s bell, is our cue to officially start salivating. We even got our hands on it for a little test run.

This next generation smartphone boasts a 4-inch qHD screen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB on-board memory. With those numbers, we can expect lightning-quick web browsing and video streaming, all your favorite apps running seamlessly and simultaneously and the ability to fire off tweets at a record pace.

Camera-wise, it’s got the now standard-for-high-end-smartphones 8 megapixel rear-facing camera. It’s capable of taking 1080p high-definition video and has a Mirror Mode to display pictures and video on your HDTV. Just be careful not to put any unflattering extreme close-ups on your big screen.

Out of the box, the DROID 4 will be running Android 2.3.5 but Motorola has promised to update to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. We’re anxious to hear more about that, as carriers tend to take their time customizing the Android OS. Ice Cream Sandwich is already out on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Nexus and is slated to come to the Galaxy S2 and others in the first quarter of 2012. With the DROID name, it seems only fitting that this phone have the latest and greatest Android OS. We’ll be sure to let you know if we hear any more on that front.

The DROID 4 is about half an inch thick with its slide out keyboard, which may seem like a cinder block to RAZR fans. But, it’s easily the thinnest and most powerful full, 5-row QWERTY slide-out keyboard smartphone out there and the inclusion of both touchscreen and keyboard puts the DROID 4 at the top of the small list of phones that pull double duty. Whereas some sliding keyboard phones feel a little rickety, the DROID 4 has that signature Motorola solid build quality. The keyboard sliding mechanism is really smooth, yet sturdy and doesn’t feel like it would wear out even if it were abused by a raging textaholic. The buttons have just the right amount of movement to make them click but not feel mushy.

Welcome to the world, Motorola DROID 4. We already love you.

It’s CES season, so there will be more big announcements and cool stuff to come. Stay tuned to our live tweeting from the floor on @RadioShackLIVE. Right here at The Shack Blog, we’ll have video recaps and coverage of all things CES all week long.


This is post 5 of 22 in the CES 2012 series


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1 Comment

  • Amy

    My HTC is quickly making me lose all love for it. I was thinking my next phone would be the 4s…but Motorola is making me question this now.