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Motorola Droid RAZR HD Launch Date: What to Expect



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.

Read: Motorola Droid RAZR HD Release Date: What to Expect.


Motorola and Verizon will likely launch the Droid RAZR HD on September 5th.

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.

Live Stream

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.


Don’t expect theatrics at the Motorola Droid RAZR HD launch event.

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.

Dull Launch

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.

Two Devices?

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 Droid RAZR M might launch 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.

Read: Motorola Droid RAZR HD Release Date: What Not to Expect.

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.

Read: Motorola Droid RAZR HD Could Launch Without Jelly Bean.


The Droid RAZR HD may launch with ICS, not Jelly Bean.

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.



  1. josh

    08/27/2012 at 2:47 pm

    I am definitely a motorola fan and i love my droid razr but if this device launches without jelly bean tbis will be device suicide. With verizon having exclusive rights to the hd jelly bean will be months and months away. What does that say for a manufacturer owned by google the android os maker itself. There is absolutely no rsason for an ice cream sandwich launch for this device. It will not hold water to all the other devices launching in the fall without it.

  2. Jeff

    08/27/2012 at 3:13 pm

    Still don’t see the point of a smaller battery. I don’t care how much more efficient the processors are. If you’re gonna stick us with a sealed in battery making it impossible to swap out a dead one then I want the biggest one I can get. Why not push technology a bit and put a huge camera in the rear and a nice one in front. And why not stuff in tge 2Gb ram like the S3 or even more? Nope… let’s have the same thing for the most part give or take minor ammounts in areas and come out months later.

    • Matthew Perry

      08/29/2012 at 4:12 am

      Small battery? 2500+mAh is pretty good sized. That sould easily last just about everyone a solid day on LTE. It’s only 25% less than the Razr Maxx which everyone said lasts a ridiculous amount of time, and with the more efficient processor and software I wouldn’t doubt it could nearly match it.

      I will agree with the other points: put a better camera, more RAM, or some other great aspect that pushes it, but battery life is the least thing to complain about when it’s larger than nearly every other phone out there (without a huge extended battery).

      Also, the Atrix HD has an extended battery case already available…with a similar form factor I wouldn’t be surprised if the Razr HD gets one as well, giving you even more battery life.

      This would be worthy of a launch day buy if it had Jelly Bean, NFC/Google Wallet, and 2GB Ram.

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