HTC Rezound (HTC Vigor) and Droid RAZR Launching on November 10th?

Just a short time ago, Motorola announced the upcoming Motorola Droid RAZR, a 4G LTE smartphone that will, at least for the time being, be able to claim the title as thinnest smartphone in the world. It’s a mere 7.1mm thin. Incredible if you think about how clunky the previous 4G LTE releases have been. It was an exciting event but it would have been more exciting if we had gotten an official release date for the Droid RAZR.

Instead, we got pricing ($299) and we got a launch window, a world wide launch in November. Nothing specific to look forward to though. Well, that internal document from Droid-Life which listed a possible Galaxy Nexus release date also includes the Droid RAZR and another upcoming 4G LTE device called the HTC Rezound aka HTC Vigor.

If Verizon stays true to these tentative dates, yes they are tentative, all three devices will be launching on November 10th. It’s possible but we wouldn’t count on it becoming a reality.

HTC Rezound and Droid RAZR Release Dates?

Still, it’s nice to know that we’re probably just a couple of weeks out from some pretty incredible phones being released on Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Make a mental note, folks.

Comments

  1. Everettedl says

    Can Verizon release a high end phone that’s NOT an Android phone? Where’s the freakin variety???  What if I just don’t like Android but want a nice phone?  What do they have to offer?  NOTHING!  And that is a problem.  Don’t get me wrong, I think Android’s cool but it’s unreliable, b/c it freezes, lags, and restarts randomly.  I don’t want to root my phone either, I just want a phone that works after more than 2 weeks of use.  I’m just sayin….

    • Anonymous says

      You do realize they have the Iphone and Blackberries and Windows phones.  So whatever you definition of High End phone is if it isn’t android then you have choices.  But since this is an article about android obviously they aren’t going to mention any other choices.  If you aren’t interested in android then why are you reading an android article.  Seriously.  And if you don’t like verizons network there are choices.  Amazing.  BTW I have had android from the start and have had android phone that doesn’t freeze, restart randomly and has been reliable.  It has worked for almost 2 years and don’t think Iphone or any other operating system doesn’t have its duds here and there.  Its technology.  That’s why there is return policies if things aren’t working correctly. 

      • Everettedl says

        My comment was directed at the projected list of phones arriving.  I know it’s an article about Android releases and I wouldn’t have read it if I wasn’t interested.   I’ve used a droid x and droid x2, both of which have  had problems with being laggy, freezing, and restarting with just normal use (Not all the time, but enough that it’s become noticeable).  In comparison to other OS’s ive tried (namely WP7) the difference in performance is very noticeable.  Hopefully the new version of Android will address this.
        Anyway, I’m kind of stuck with Verizon b/c I was grandfathered in on an Alltel plan that’s really attractive in terms of price.   Theirs is the network that seems to be the best anyway.  I just wish that I could get some other high end options from VZW besides Android all the time.  That’s all.

      • MP10 says

        Yes but Blackberry SUCKS and is way behind the times. Windows phones are like the old Beta tapes….just not catching on. The Iphone is still only 3G and comes out once a year. Does that answer your questions?

    • Guest says

      maybe you should design, develop, market and sell a phone then….verizon doesnt make the phones the manufacturers do, go buy an iPhone or a BlackBerry if you dont want an Android phone.

    • Anonymous says

      Relax and the variety is there. Android just happens to be the only OS launching 4G LTE devices and that’s what Verizon is really selling. So if you just want a high end phone, they’ve got tons of variety with high end iPhone 4s, and WP7 phones, etc. That is unless you want LTE. But that’s not Verizon’s fault. That’s phone makers trying to take advantage of the only OS supporting LTE and other advanced high end features!

      • Everettedl says

        I can agree with you on this.  Android is supported on the widest variety of phones right now.  But it seems “unfair” that other carriers like AT&T can put out all different types of high end smartphones (iphone, Android, WP7, Blackberry) but Verizon seems to move to them slower.  I’m pretty sure it’s b/c they’re Network caters to what the rest of the world uses (GSM) and Verizon & Sprint use (CDMA).  Naturally it’s more profitable to cater to the majority.  Just sucks for the CDMA customers in terms of variety in smartphones (unless it’s an Android phone.  Now we’re right back at square one! lol)

        • Dave Haynie says

          Verizon is REALLY pushing LTE right now, and that’s going to pretty much mean Android. They’re doing this because of the iPhone… iPhones are certainly very popular, and while Verizon pretty much re-invented itself on Android, they’re also kind of scrambling to avoid the kind of problems AT&T had supporting iPhone use. 

          Part of that is trying to head off network overload by getting other smartphone users onto 4G, where there’s tons more bandwidth. Verizon, like Sprint, are at a disadvantage over AT&T on 3G, given that their EvDO has a peak download performance of 3.1Mb/s, while AT&T’s is over twice that. So basically, for the same data transfer, Verizon’s 3G network will be twice as saturated as AT&T’s (at least the over-the-air component; this assumes, of course, that the backhaul can handle the traffic at each cell, which may not always be case). 

    • dinodxynez says

      Uh, Android freezing, lagging, rebooting? Still running 1.5? I’ve been using Android for more than two years now and it’s been smooth sailing for me ~~~ go with a feature phone if you’re not interested in Verizon’s Smartphone selections. *sheesh*

      • Dave Haynie says

        I concur. I’ve used smartphones since they existed, and my O.G. Droid has been very reliable. It’s been extremely rare that I needed any kind of reboot. On my old Treo, reboots were more of an hourly thing… the reset pinhole was as worn as the keyboard by the time I retired that device. And I’ve had enough friends need reset advice for their iPhones (hey, once someone knows you’re a geek, it doesn’t much matter what the technology, you’re simply expected to know it all) that I have their reset sequence memorized (elbow, elbow, wrist-wrist-wrist… wait, no, that’s the Royal Wave… for the iPhone, you hold the power and home buttons together for about 10sec). 

    • Kevin Newton says

      You mean, besides the Blackberry 9930 Bold Touch and the iPhone 4S range? There’s your variety. Besides Blackberry, Apple, and Windows Phones (of which new phones are not yet available) every other phone is a Droid anyway, so what else is there for them to release? Verizon carries Blackberry, Apple, Windows and Droids (LG, HTC, Motorola, Samsung, Casio, and Sony) …. how is that not variety? Look at other carriers and you’ll see a similar line-up.

    • Dave Haynie says

      Well, part of the problem is that, compared to Android phones, only Apple is making high-end models. And so far, they’ve done one per year. So you already know what Apple’s 2011 high-end model is. RIM’s “high-end” typically look like an Apple or Android from two years ago … do you really expect that to change?

      Windows 7 Phone has no high-end models; the OS apparently doesn’t yet support dual-core processors. Microsoft’s “special relationship” company, Nokia, introduced their top of the line Lumia 800… which is a repackaged Nokia N9, which barely qualified as “high-end” for 2010. Like RIM, Nokia’s problems were largely based their not even trying to compete, and it doesn’t look like Nokia’s changing their tunes. Samsung sells a Windows 7 Phone too, so does HTC. But put in prespective: Samsung alone sold more BadaOS phones in 3Q2011 than the entirely industry’s sales of Windows Phones (all flavors), not quite 2:1. Who’s really going to get serious over a market that’s 1.5 million units per quarter, when Android’s doing over 60 million? 

      What struck me as curious about Verizon (just visited a large Verizon store last weekend) is the complete lack of anything but smartphones. Online, you can find 20+ models of dumb phones (the only phones my kids get to choose from; we’re not paying another $20-$40 a month for smartphone for kids), in the store, three. And they were well hidden. Meanwhile, you can see smartphones in the SMARTPHONES section, smartphones in the 4G-LTE section, smartphones in the DROID section, and smartphones in the IPHONE section. No personal problem at all with smartphones.. I use ‘em, I’m shopping for an O. G. Droid replacement (DROID RAZR was cool, but the fixed battery is a dealbreaker). But the other three cellphones in my house are never going “smart”. 

  2. J Smith says

     as to the HTC Rezound (really?) I just hope its launch (whenever it actually does launch) is a heck of a lot smoother than the HTC Thunderbolt — and that is a pretty low bar to clear.

  3. Motoxer says

    The New Razr is one of the best looking Android phones I’ve seen to date. Best looking Moto phones for that matter. Man, stainless, kevlar and gorilla glass. Svelte…

    • Kevin Newton says

      I agree …. I had my heart set on getting the Razr until I read that the back cannot be opened and the battery is non-replaceable. Now I’m not so sure ….. the same issue disqualified me getting a HTC Rhyme for the wife. Battery pulls to reset is a fundamental fail-safe with all phones.

      • maggiejm says

        I’m deciding between the htc rhyme and the droid razr, but now the rezound looks pretty good. which one should i get? I was worried about the unremovable backing, but the verizon guy told me less and less phones are going to have removable batteries. might as well get used to it now! (same reason why im not looking at slide outs. My upgrade is due november 10th. i found the razr at radioshack for 50 bucks. i may just take tht cux thts a steal! anyway, it would help if you guys could give me some advice on which i should get. 

        • Dave Haynie says

          The Verizon guy is trying to sell you something… he’s not going to tell you that the built-in battery is a bad idea. And sure, given that now there is both the RAZR and all those iPhones, he’s technically correct, despite the fact that the RAZR and the iPhone 4S seem to be about it, for the sealed battery crowd. 

          I have two big reasons I won’t buy such a phone. One is simple: I have run out of power, plenty of times. I have four or five space cells for my O. G. Droid, enough for heavy use over a 3-day weekend without the need to recharge. Two cells outlast a single iPhone 4 in similar use. 

          Second is the likely possibility that I am possibly going to run down my battery regularly. Today’s Li-Poly cells are good for 300-500 full charge/discharge cycles. My contract lasts over 700 days. I have NEVER had a cell phone battery last out a contract, in my use pattern. Why would I possibly believe this will be the one exception… and I’m even including regular phone batteries (some of the older phones lasted longer on a charge, but had less long-lived battery technology, so it’s kind of a wash).

          Now, the good thing about Li-Poly, like NiMh but unlike NiCAD, is that, if you don’t full-cycle them, they actually last longer. That’s why hybrid cars (I drive a 2003 Prius with 150mi+) don’t need battery replacements… they typically only run the battery over 40-60% of its total capacity. So if you’re a light user, or recharge in the car, at work, etc. it may not be a problem. And it’s even less of one for Apple users, since you can get a battery or phone swap at the local Apple store (for a price). But I have no idea what Motorola even plans on this front, for the RAZR. And while thin is ok, and some of the other features were pretty close (4G, high rez OLED, lots of memory), I’m still not quite buying it.  I did handle one last weekend… there is much to love there. 

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