The Motorola Droid RAZR HD from Verizon remains one of the more elusive unannounced Android smartphones. Yes, the device has leaked out several times but we still don’t have a clear cut view on its features or its release date. That being said, we can make some predictions as to what consumers should expect from the Droid RAZR HD, feature-wise, and that’s exactly what we want to share with you today.
It’s clear that Verizon is not yet ready to launch the Droid RAZR HD as it remains in the hands of testers who occasionally offer the public a glimpse of the carrier’s next Droid-branded smartphone.
Sure, we’ve seen the device leak out on camera several times and we have seen some benchmarks, but there are still bits and pieces of the Droid RAZR HD that remain missing.
Unfortunately, we don’t have any new information that’s going to clear up any of those mysteries, but we can make some educated predictions based on past Motorola devices and based on what we think we know about the Droid RAZR HD thus far.
Here is what consumers should expect from the Motorola Droid RAZR HD’s features.
We had little doubt that the Motorola Droid RAZR HD would come without 4G LTE data speeds and fortunately, those data speeds were confirmed by yesterday’s Droid RAZR HD photo-op.
The Droid RAZR HD will run on Verizon’s 4G LTE network, the biggest in the U.S. which not only means that owners will be able to get speeds that can reach up to 10 times faster than normal 3G, but they’ll also have widespread access to 4G LTE.
Carriers like AT&T and Sprint have barely scratched the 4G LTE surface and can’t offer the same type of coverage that Verizon has.
While Verizon has over 300 4G LTE markets in place in the U.S., AT&T has around 50 and Sprint has 15.
Those who are in need of ample 4G LTE coverage will need not worry with the Droid RAZR.
Say what you will about Motorola but the company puts a lot of effort into the designs of their phones. They don’t feel cheap, they are well-protected and they are durable.
The Motorola Droid RAZR HD will be no different. From the photos, it appears that it has a slim form factor, complete with a protective Kevlar backing just like the backings found on the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX.
So, expect a thin and if the Motorola Atrix HD is any indication, a lightweight design with lots of protection from the Droid RAZR HD.
The Droid RAZR HD was rumored to have a 12MP or 13MP camera but now it looks like it will have an 8MP camera. Go figure.
Motorola has never really seemed to put much effort into the cameras on their smartphones. They are decent but they are not spectacular.
We don’t know exactly what sensors Motorola has equipped the Droid RAZR HD with but we don’t expect its front-facing or rear camera to set any sort of gold standard.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
The Droid RAZR HD that is in testers hands is currently running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich which isn’t the latest piece of software from Google. We expect that to change with the final release of the Droid RAZR HD.
It would be foolish for Motorola to release a device, with as much hype and as much potential as the Droid RAZR HD, with last-generation software.
We still don’t have a release date for the Droid RAZR HD and it’s possible that that’s because Motorola is hard at work prepping it with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean which is a much improved piece of software over Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
With no more major Android upgrades in sight, we can’t see the Droid RAZR HD missing out on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at launch.
It doesn’t look like the Droid RAZR HD will have the same 3,300 mAh battery found on the Droid RAZR MAXX but FCC documents do reveal that the device will have a fairly large stock battery.
Those documents reveal that the Droid RAZR HD battery will be 2,530 mAh in size, which, while not 3,300mAh, is still a lot bigger than many 4G LTE devices on the market.
ColorBoost HD Display
Judging by the Droid RAZR HD’s name, the device will employ a 720p HD display of unknown size. That has been confirmed by benchmarks.
One thing that hasn’t been though and should be expected is ColorBoost technology being included with the Droid RAZR HD’s display.
Motorola introduced ColorBoost technology with the Atrix HD, and the technology offers sharper images and extremely vibrant colors.
With the arrival of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, some of Verizon’s 4G LTE devices have become capable of traveling the world as global devices.
If true, it would mean that Droid RAZR HD owners would be able to use voice and data service in over 200 countries.
This feature is perfect for those that travel a lot for pleasure and business but don’t want to carry more than one device.