In case you hadn’t heard yet, next week is going to be a busy one for gadget fiends — Amazon’s got something brewing on the 6th, while Nokia and Motorola will be duking it for eyeballs since both have launch events scheduled for the 5th.
Rumor has it that both of them will also be unveiling a pair of new smartphones — Nokia has the Phi and the Arrow, and Motorola is expected to pull back the curtains on the RAZR HD and the newly-leaked Droid RAZR M 4G LTE.
Yeah, so the name isn’t very inspired — what else is new?
Engadget got their collective hands on some tantalizing images of the familiar-looking Ice Cream Sandwich-powered handset, and while it doesn’t quite ooze style the same way the original Droid RAZR did, I suspect more than a few potential customers won’t mind. It doesn’t hurt that Motorola managed to squeeze a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED advanced display, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8960 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and a pair of eight and three megapixel camera (on the back and front, respectively) into a 4.4 ounce package. And as always, Motorola put (device) safety first by wrapping the display in Gorilla Glass 2 and the back in its now-standard Kevlar trim.
As slick and as understated as this thing looks, its mid-range specs mean it shouldn’t steal too much limelight away from the long-awaited RAZR HD. Now that I think about it, the RAZR M’s spec sheet bears a strong resemblance to that of the Atrix HD, a device that I found myself really enjoying in spite of my misgivings. Sure, there are some trade-offs — the RAZR M’s display isn’t quite as large, and its resolution isn’t as high, but it crams a solid spec sheet into a body that doesn’t make me slump when I look at it. All Verizon needs to do is slap a reasonable price tag on this little guy and it should have a real contender on its hands when holiday buying frenzy soon makes animals of us all.