By Stephen Schenck | September 5, 2012 2:58 PM
After a surprise introduction from Google’s Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, waxing nostalgic on just how far smartphones have come, Motorola announced its new series of Droid RAZR Androids.
First off, we’ve got the rumored RAZR HD, the “most compact big-screen smartphone”. It’s got a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD screen with supposedly 85% more color saturation than an iPhone 4S. It packs a 2500mAh battery, with 16 hours of rated talk time. Despite the large-ish battery, it’s only 8.4 millimeters thick.
The phone’s powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core SoC, has a gigabyte of RAM, NFC support, and an eight-megapixel main camera – those same features are shared by all three handsets debuting today.
There’s also going to be a separate Droid RAZR Maxx HD, a surprise we weren’t expecting after hearing that Motorola might split the difference between the two and just have one with a moderately-size battery. Motorola claims users should see 32 hours of use on a charge. Besides the big battery, the Maxx also gets 32GB of storage.
Finally, we learn about the Droid RAZR M. The RAZR M has a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED screen, and based on the language the company used, this sounds like the rumored edge-to-edge screen. It may not fully cover the phone’s face, but we’ll give them that it’s large for the size of the handset. Motorola is all about battery capacity today, and even the RAZR M gets a 2000 mAh component.
The RAZR HD and Maxx HD will be available for sale sometime before the holiday season. The RAZR M will go up for sale just next week, with pre-orders open today, and will sell for just about $100 on-contract.
All three will get Jelly Bean before the end of the year. Motorola revealed plans to upgrade many of its existing Androids to Jelly Bean, as well, and will be offering $100 trade-in credits for owners of certain devices that won’t be getting official Jelly Bean updates, to entice those users to step up to newer hardware.