I think we can all agree that the Motorola Droid RAZR HD is shaping up to be a mighty fine device. It’s rumored to have a 720p HD display, something missing on the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, and it’s rumored to have a speedy dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.
Additionally, it’s said to have 4G LTE data connectivity, a Kevlar back plate for extra protection, and a serviceable 8 mega-pixel camera.
It’ll also have a 2,530 mAh battery on board which, while not as big as the Droid RAZR MAXX battery, is bigger than most batteries found in 4G LTE smartphones. Even the Samsung Galaxy S III has a smaller battery.
However, if leaks are accurate and Motorola’s past repeats itself, it might have a glaring weakness on board when it officially hits shelves.
That weakness of course is its software.
Right now, the Droid RAZR HD is pegged as having Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The software showed up in a benchmark and a leaked photo indicated that that was the software on board.
That’s not the only thing that has me worried either.
Motorola has, in the past, released phones with older Android software even while a newer version was available. Most recently, it did it with the Droid RAZR MAXX which was released with Android 2.3 Gingerbread when Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich was widely available.
The device is a great device, there is no disputing that, but owners did have to endure a four month wait for Ice Cream Sandwich, even after Motorola said it would arrive in the coming weeks.
It might be planning on doing the same thing with the Droid RAZR HD. Get it out with ICS before the iPhone 5, which is rumored for September, promise an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean in the coming weeks, and then watch the circus unfold as owners become puzzled and angry about the lack of an update.
Quite frankly, I don’t see this phone selling as well with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. ICS is a good operating system but Jelly Bean is better.
Throw in the fact that customers are now well aware of the Android update issues and you have a recipe that doesn’t equal success.
Of course, we likely won’t know if this weakness is real until Friday but those interested in the device should start preparing for a lack of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right now to soften the blow.
Anyone out there not going to buy this if it has Android 4.0 ICS on board? The thought of waiting for the Jelly Bean update is painful.
Update: Friday’s event has nothing to do with the Droid RAZR HD so that at least should give potential customers some hope.