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Motorola Droid RAZR HD Release Date: What Not to Expect



The Motorola Droid RAZR HD release date remains unclear even while the phone has broken cover, surfacing many times in the past. And while the phone remains unofficial and officially without a release date, we wanted to make some educated predictions about its release date and what not to expect from it.

Sure, we don’t have a specific release date from Motorola or Verizon but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a good idea about what to expect from the companies when the launch of the Droid RAZR HD finally does go down.

Read: Motorola Droid RAZR HD Release Date Still Unknown.

The Droid RAZR HD is a highly anticipated device. as it looks to be a device that combines all the design qualities and of the Droid RAZR and Droid RAZR MAXX with an HD screen and quite possibly, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

And while customers are intrigued with the device itself, they are also wondering about its release date and what might go down.

We’ve already told you what we think consumers should expect from the Droid RAZR HD release date and now it’s time to dig into what not to expect on the day that Verizon finally launches the oft-rumored Droid RAZR HD.

The Droid RAZR HD release date remains unclear.

An Imminent Droid RAZR HD Release Date

While we have seen the Motorola Droid RAZR HD pop up numerous times, in benchmarks and in photos and in various other leaks, something that we haven’t seen yet is a possible release date. Often times, possible release dates are revealed long before the device actually launches.

In some cases, we’ve seen possible release dates for Android, and specifically Verizon Android devices, arrive many weeks ahead of time.

We have seen no such leak for the Droid RAZR HD and that is a sign that a launch is not imminent whatsoever. So those who are waiting for this device definitely should not expect this phone to arrive in July.

Instead, circle August and September on the calendar. We don’t expect the device to launch in October as that month will likely see the launch of the iPhone 5 and Verizon won’t want this device to get lost in that launch.

Also, something to keep in mind. The Droid Incredible 4G LTE just launched and Verizon will likely want to space those launches out.

A Clear Release Date

Motorola and Verizon might launch this phone but just like with the Motorola Photon Q for Sprint that was announced today, don’t expect a clear release date to emerge on announcement day.

Don’t expect a clear-cut release date from Verizon.

American carriers often launch high-end smartphones without an official release date. Case in point, Verizon’s launches of the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Droid Incredible 4G LTE, both of which launched without an official release date.

Verizon may end up doing something similar with the Droid RAZR HD release date much to the chagrin of consumers who prefer clarity over vagueness.

Pre-Release Date Pre-Order

In the build-up to the Droid RAZR HD release date, we don’t expect Verizon to offer a lengthy pre-order for the Droid RAZR HD. With the Samsung Galaxy S III, it was forced to because its competitors were also stocking the phone.

Read: Verizon Galaxy S III Launch is a Mess.

With the Droid RAZR HD, which will likely be a Verizon exclusive, we expect it to sit on the device for as long as possible, possibly right up until the device’s eventual release date.

It has done that for many of its Droid-branded devices including the Droid Incredible 4G LTE and the Droid Bionic which both saw their release dates arrive without any sort of a pre-order.

Sell Out

The Motorola Droid RAZR HD is a highly anticipated smartphone but that doesn’t mean that we expect it to sell out on release day. In fact, those looking to get it shouldn’t have any trouble at all.

Three big reasons for this. One, there will be those that are disappointed in the fact that it won’t feature a massive 3,300 mAh battery, same found in the Droid RAZR MAXX. Its battery will be large but smaller. We’ve heard from several people who say they won’t buy the device if that battery isn’t on board.

Two, the summer has passed and with it, many fantastic smartphone launches that have likely swallowed up a good majority of consumers looking to get a new Android smartphone.

And finally three, the iPhone 5. Love it or hate it, the iPhone 5, especially if it has 4G LTE. If the Droid RAZR HD launches before the iPhone 5, consumers will want to wait and see what it’s all about.

If it launches afterwards, consumers might be tempted to buy in.

Both will hurt the Droid RAZR HD which could have been a massive hit had it launched earlier this year.



  1. chris

    07/26/2012 at 5:56 pm

    well, that was a useless article

  2. Spadez

    07/27/2012 at 8:45 am

    It’s quite unfortunate for Verizon that they never seem to learn from their past mistakes like the Droid incredible 4G which barely sold any units and will probably be a complete lost for HTC and Verizon and it seems as though they will do it once again with the Droid Razr HD which if doesn’t come out soon it will then go into very muddy waters as Quad core and jelly bean os will dominate the market,verizon really needs a new marketing team badly!

    • Ken

      08/03/2012 at 2:21 pm

      Yeah, kinda sounds like the whole Droid Bionic screw-up from last year. They will never learn, will they?

  3. Scott

    07/28/2012 at 1:51 am

    I am dumber after reading this article. Terrible job.

  4. Ruffster

    07/28/2012 at 7:52 am

    I won’t be waiting for it without the 3300. I will wait for a real powerhouse with the quad and jelly bean. I’m so sick of how Verizon does things in dribs and drabs and drags their feet. I’m STILL waiting for ICS on my Bionic which was out before the Razr. They just do what ever they want and are all over the place. Good thing they have a good network or they’d be out of business.

  5. dx

    07/28/2012 at 5:39 pm

    All the fussing over the battery size is likely to be irrelevant because the new 4g chipsets use far less power on 4g than the chipset on the maxx. If the hd has 2500ma pin its battery and something like an s4 processor, in practice it will demolish the maxx for battery life on everything except voice calls.

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