On September 5th, Motorola and Verizon will be announcing something, we know that for sure. Just what exactly remains unknown. And while we don’t know for sure, we expect the two companies, at the very least, to announce the Motorola Droid RAZR HD, the follow-up to the Motorola Droid RAZR.
Earliest this month, Motorola and Verizon sent out invites for an event that is scheduled to take place on September 5th in New York City, which just so happens to be the same day that Nokia and Microsoft will be showing off Windows Phone 8 hardware.
And while neither have said exactly what will be announced, we assume that it’s going to be the Droid RAZR HD, a device that has leaked out on numerous occasions.
Thus far, leaks have indicated that the Droid RAZR HD might be coming with a 4.6-inch HD display with 720p resolution, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm, an 8MP rear camera, a Kevlar backing similar to the ones found on the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX, a large 2,530 mAh battery and finally Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
So that’s what to expect from the Droid RAZR HD from a features standpoint.
We’ve also already touched on what to and what not to expect from the Droid RAZR HD release date, a date that may or may not be released at the launch event in September.
And now, it’s time to take a look at what to take a look at what to expect from the Droid RAZR HD launch date itself, a date that will be taking place next week.
Like Samsung, Motorola often provides a live stream for its major product launches. It did so for last year’s Droid RAZR announcement and we expect the company to provide a similar method of launching the announcement for the Droid RAZR HD.
This will give those who are interested in the device an easy way of following the event. Those who don’t wish to follow the announcement on video will likely have a host of live blogs to follow as well.
We don’t expect the event to be as lengthy as a Samsung product launch but many of consumers will likely still want to keep the announcement on in the background.
Also like Samsung, Motorola has failed to real nail the product launch date event. The last few announcements have been uneventful as robotic executives in suits come on stage, pose for the cameras, tout some features and then give way to another executive in a suit and so on.
They’re just not exciting and we don’t expect the Droid RAZR HD launch to be any different.
The Motorola Droid RAZR HD might not be the only device that launches at this event.
Another phone, the Motorola Droid M, which is resembles a mini Droid RAZR, might also be launched on September 5th alongside the Droid RAZR HD.
The Motorola Droid M is expected to feature a qHD display, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, an NFC chip for use with services similar to Google Wallet and of course, 4G LTE data speeds. It will also have dual-cameras though the mega-pixel count on them remains unknown.
It’s also expected to check in with a fairly cheap price tag of $149.99 on-contract.
If Motorola does announce both devices, the Droid RAZR HD will obviously be the focal point with the Droid M playing second fiddle.
A Release Window
We fully expect Motorola to dish out a release window for both devices though we don’t expect it to give consumers an official release date.
At the very least, we should either get a Q3 or Q4 or “later this year” launch window from Motorola and at the very most we’ll get a specific release date.
We’ve heard October or November for the Droid RAZR HD which is why we are skeptical of an official release date at the event.
Motorola will likely promise a release date for the devices in the weeks ahead. That will likely be a promise that it can keep. However, there is a promise that it might not be able to keep.
Signs right now point to the Droid RAZR HD as having Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on board and not Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. If that’s the case, we expect Motorola to promise Android 4.0 in the “coming weeks” which could very well translate into several months down the road.
As we’ve argued, that would be a tough pill to swallow for consumers.