At the Motorola event today in New York City, the company announced three new Droid RAZR devices: The Droid RAZR HD, the Droid RAZR MAXX HD and the Droid RAZR M. There, it shared most of the details about all three devices including their hardware, software, and their overall design.
Motorola revealed that it would be launching the lower-end Droid RAZR M on September 13th for $99.99 with pre-orders starting today. However, the company remains mum on four pieces of important information regarding the other two devices.
The company did not share the Droid RAZR HD or Droid RAZR MAXX HD release dates or the pricing on either when they hit shelves sometime before the holiday season.
Droid RAZR HD & Droid RAZR MAXX HD Release Dates
Motorola confirmed that the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD release dates will fall at some point prior to the holiday season of 2012. It did not, however, get into any sort of specifics regarding the launch window for either device which means the rest of the year is pretty much wide open as far as release dates are concerned.
Here is what the company shared regarding the release dates:
DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available before the holidays. The DROID RAZR HD will be available in either Black or White and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD will be available in Black.
Sadly, this is the typical way that Motorola and Verizon announce devices. They will show off the phones but they won’t release anything regarding release date or pricing. This release window for the Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR MAXX HD is unusually broad though. Often, they will say in the “coming weeks.”
However, it appears that Motorola and Verizon have left the window wide open with these two devices. Maybe because of the iPhone 5, new Nexus and Windows Phone 8 or maybe because the phones are unfinished. Think: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
In any event, it’s clear that we’re not close to a release date for either device. We have heard, in the past, either October or November for the Droid RAZR HD and assuming the Droid RAZR MAXX HD launches alongside it, that’s the window to expect for it as well.
This would allow Motorola and Verizon to launch after the iPhone 5, slated for a September launch, and allow them to launch them both well ahead of the holiday shopping season.
Keep in mind, the original Droid RAZR launched in November so that makes it a possible month because of the year cycle.
We don’t expect them to launch the phones in December.
Droid RAZR HD Pricing
As for pricing, the company remained silent on the details. We expect the Droid RAZR HD to be priced lower than the Droid RAZR MAXX HD due to its battery size.
While the original Droid RAZR launched with an expensive price tag, Verizon’s 4G LTE offerings have been launching for around $199.99 on-contract.
That, or $150 on-contract, the same price it charged for the Droid Incredible 4G LTE should be the expected pricing for the Droid RAZR HD.
Droid RAZR MAXX HD Pricing
We expect Verizon to charge a premium for the Droid RAZR MAXX HD due to its storage capacity and its battery size. And while Verizon once was able to get away with charging $299.99 on-contract for 4G LTE smartphones, that isn’t the case anymore.
So, we expect the Droid RAZR MAXX HD to land in the $199.99 to $249.99 area with the latter being more likely.
One thing is for sure. Expect different pricing for both the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD.