When we got wind of Google’s plan to remove a lot of Motorola employees from the payroll, we were shocked. The move certainly alienated a lot of long time employees, and it certainly put a lot of stockholders in a very uneasy position. We were told that the cut was necessary to focus the development of Motorola Mobility. Google had to remove people who were unnecessary to the plan, a plan to make as few devices as possible, of the highest quality Motorola can build.
We get a glimpse of that future goal through the recent press announcement from Motorola, with Google anxiously watching its joint creation take flight. Google’s very own Eric Schmidt was even at the scene and gave a speech showing their belief in the power of Motorola which they based on their very colorful beginnings.
In this press event, it looks like Motorola seeks to cut a new path with the RAZR trio – The Droid RAZR M, Droid RAZR HD and the Droid RAZR HD Maxx.
Motorola the whole fewer devices approach may anchor on these three models. These three devices serve as an example of having choice, while not compromising quality and user experience.
The cheapest of the three is the Motorola Droid RAZR M. It is priced at $149 through Verizon’s contract. The device sports a 4.3 inch display with a 960×540 resolution. Battery capacity is rated at 2000 mAh. The device is meant for those who look for a smaller device while getting the same power and functionality that larger devices have.
The Motorola Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR HD Maxx are closely related products. They have the same specifications save for the larger battery capacity measured at 2530 mAh, and 3300 mAh respectively. They both have a beautiful 720p resolution thanks to the Super AMOLED HD technology.
The Droid RAZR HD measures at a very thin 8.4mm profile. The Droid RAZR HD Maxx is slightly thicker at 9.3mm thanks to the larger battery. The display is measured to be 4.7 inches diagonally for both devices.
All three devices are LTE devices running on Verizon’s network, so we know by now that Qualcomm is the only one that could provide the right processors. They all have a 1.5 GHz dual core Snapdragon processor built into the device. RAM was not discussed, but we presume it is at 1 GB.
The 3 RAZR products share the same 8 megapixel back shooter which is capable of taking RAZR sharp 1080p videos and all three would have NFC chips built in.
Unfortunately, all three RAZR devices were showcased with ICS built in. This is probably done to avoid any “favoritism” fingers being pointed at them from the other Android OEM’s perspective. They have promised that a Jelly Bean update will arrive before the end of the year.
All I can say is this better not be the end goal of Motorola. Right now, they even lose to the Nexus because at the very least, the Nexus devices brought new features to the table. The RAZR devices presented did not showcase anything new to really wow the audience, and no effort to even lure consumers to their products aside from the RAZR and Maxx name.
To me, all they did was stay current with the recent tech developments of other manufacturers. Hopefully, they will sell enough to be able to create new technology and features that will eventually differentiate them from the market aside from the design and Android skin they choose to use. We already have a Nexus for the default experience, so they don’t have to be that product. What do you think about the new RAZR trio?
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