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Motorola Tries to Dice Smartphone Competition with New Droid RAZR

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By Corey A. Washington –

Contrary to what some might say, thin is very much in – at least in the world of smartphones. Several times a year it seems the next “it” phone bursts onto the scene, hoping to make a dent in sales records and ascend to the upper echelon of smartphone glory. Arguably, no other name is more deserving of a shot at proving itself in the land of anorexic smartphones than Motorola as it resurrects the RAZR brand, à la Android 2.3 this time around.

More than five years ago, there was no phone as ubiquitous as the Motorola RAZR, a line of über slim phones that managed to sell more than 130 million units during the course of its run. The highly-successful RAZR grew into a suite of phones and became a spring board for successors. Now Motorola aims to capitalize on the skinny mobile phone movement it helped usher into the market with its latest offering.

In comes the Droid RAZR, touted as being 7.1 millimeters thin, or 0.30 inches, and weighing a mere 127 grams, or roughly 4.4 ounces. If weight matters most, the Droid RAZR loses that battle as the Samsung Galaxy S II weighs less at 116 grams, or 4.09 ounces. The new iPhone 4S falls behind both Android smartphones weighing 140 grams, or 4.9 ounces.

The new Droid RAZR will bring more than just a sexy form factor when it’s released. The new RAZR will sport a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED screen with 16 million colors, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. Battery life is expected to be impressive with 12 hours of talk time. The Droid RAZR will be 4G capable running on Verizon’s LTE network.

The Droid RAZR’s storage will be on par with newer smartphones with 1GB RAM, 16 GB of internal memory and an external microSD that supports up to 32 GB of storage.

Pre-orders for the Motorola Droid RAZR on Verizon Wireless began yesterday and it is expected to ship November 10. Thin might still be in, but big smartphones will still get love – especially with the slightly "larger" Galaxy Nexus ushering Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich into the smartphone arena later this year.

For now, the Motorola Droid RAZR has the potential to be another dominant smartphone, but with a whole lot of sex appeal to boot when it hits store shelves.

Corey A. Washington is a contributing writer covering technology for Black Voice News. He can be reached at corey@blackvoicenews.com.

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