By Stephen Schenck | February 1, 2012 3:37 PM
Last fall, Motorola’s Droid 4 sort of sneaked-up on us out of nowhere, surprising everyone when signs of the phone’s existence started popping-up such a relatively short time after the release of the Droid 3. At first, we heard rumors suggesting that the phone was being fast-tracked to market, with plans to start sales back in December. As it turns out, we would have to wait until the CES for the Android to be officially announced, and even then we wouldn’t get the complete story on its launch. That’s been slowly coming together ever since, and one of the latest pieces to arrive has been an updated MAP list that claims the Droid 4 could sell for as little as $200 on-contract when it gets here. Today, a rumor attempts to nail-down just when that might be, claiming Verizon will release the Droid 4 on February 9.
When it first started to look like the rumors about the Droid 4′s late-December release were wrong, we heard that a February date was then in consideration for the handset’s launch. Now that claim’s being reiterated, with a bit more specificity, thanks to a number of unnamed sources. Droid-life doesn’t divulge just where it heard this date tied to the Droid 4′s release, but it shows high confidence in its sources, all the same.
The Droid 4 will fill a much-needed role in Verizon’s lineup, offering the combination of a hardware QWERTY keyboard and high-speed LTE connectivity. As for the rest of the phone’s specs, we’re looking at what’s essentially a Droid RAZR, including the dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a qHD display, though this time shrunken-down to just four inches.