Droid Razr Vs. iPhone 4S: Smartphone Smackdown Looms

Motorola Mobility's Droid Razr, introduced Oct. 18 in New York City, will make the case for a high-end Android smartphone over the new iPhone 4S.

Motorola Mobility Chairman and CEO Sanjay Jha took to a stage in New York City on Oct. 18 to introduce the Droid Razr, arguing that it will serve equally well as a consumer and enterprise device.

"We believe enterprise is important because it is becoming consumerized," he told the audience. "They're not being driven by CIOs anymore."

The new Droid Razr smartphone hews to the aesthetic styling of Motorola Mobility's Droid franchise, with the large 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen (with qHD resolution) and an aggressively blocky design. Like those other Droid phones, the Droid Razr runs Android (specifically Android 2.3.5, also known as "Gingerbread," with the latest under-the-hood tweaks).

At the same time, its 7.1-millimeter-thin body harkens to the Razr, a line of ultra-slim feature phones that proved a hit in the technological Dark Ages of the mid-2000s.

Under the Gorilla Glass screen, the Droid Razr features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and a battery apparently capable of 12.5 hours of 3G talk time. A steel core and Kevlar integrated into the body apparently help with the smartphone's sturdiness, preventing it from warping or cracking despite the thinness of the body and its relatively light weight. It also boasts a dual-camera configuration, with an 8-megapixel rear aperture paired with a front-facing HD camera (the rear camera can capture 1080p video).

The Droid Razr s more business-centric features include remote data-wipe and robust encryption, in addition to the ability to pull down and edit documents via the cloud. In fact, the cloud is a major component of Motorola Mobility's value argument, with Jha demonstrating how data stored in a "personal cloud" could be seamlessly accessed and activated on the device.

Motorola Mobility intends to place the Droid Razr on the market in early November, at a $299 price point. That means this newest smartphone will follow close on the heels of the Droid Bionic, which released in September and also features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 4G LTE support.

This article was originally published on 10-19-2011
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