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Droid Razr
Droid Razr Logo.jpg
Motorola Droid RAZR
Motorola Droid RAZR
Brand Motorola
Manufacturer Motorola
Slogan Thinnest 4G LTE Android Smartphone
Series Motorola Razr, Droid
Compatible networks Droid Razr/Razr Maxx: dual-band CDMA2000
EV-DO Rev. A
800 1900 MHz
LTE 750 MHz
quad-band GSM, UMTS 850 900 1900 2100 MHz Razr/Razr Maxx: quad-band GSM, UMTS 850 900 1900 2100 MHz
First released November 11, 2011; 2 years ago (2011-11-11)
Predecessor Motorola DROID BIONIC
Successor Droid Razr HD
Related Droid Razr M
Droid Razr i
Droid Razr HD
Droid 4
Type Smartphone
Form factor Slate
Dimensions 130.7 mm (5.15 in) H
68.9 mm (2.71 in) W
7.1 mm (0.28 in) D
(MAXX: 8.99 mm (0.354 in) D)
Weight 127 grams (4.5 oz)
(MAXX: 145 grams (5.1 oz) )
Operating system Android 4.1.2, Jelly Bean[1]
System on chip TI OMAP4430
CPU 1.2 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
GPU PowerVR SGX 540 @ 300 MHz
Memory 1 GB RAM
Storage 16 GB Flash (8 ROM / 8 Internal Storage)
Removable storage microSD comes with 16 GB card; Supports up to 64 GB SDXC[2]
Battery 1,780 mAh
3,300 mAh (Droid Razr Maxx) Internal rechargeable li-ion
Display Super AMOLED Advanced PenTile[3] 4.3 inch 540×960 px qHD at 256 ppi
Rear camera 8 MP still, 1080p video
Front camera 1.3 MP with 720p HD video capture
Connectivity

Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
4G Mobile Hotspot
aGPS (assisted)
eCompass
sGPS (simultaneous)

GLONASS[4]
Other Talk Time: Up to 21.5 hours
Standby Time: Up to approx. 15.8 days (Razr Maxx)
SAR Head: 1.45 W/kg
Body: 0.71 W/kg

The Droid Razr (GSM/UMTS version: Motorola Razr; both versions styled RAZR)[5] is an Android-based, 4G LTE-capable smartphone designed by Motorola that launched on Verizon Wireless on November 11, 2011. It was announced on October 18, 2011 in New York City.

At launch, the RAZR was the thinnest smartphone in the world at only 7.1 mm thick on most of the device (it does, however, have a "bump" on top that's approximately 11.1 mm thick.) and includes a 4.3-inch (110 mm) super active-matrix organic light emitting diode (AMOLED) advanced PenTile[3] display, covered in a Gorilla glass screen and a Kevlar back plate. It is powered by an OMAP 4430 SoC with dual 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor cores. Its 8-megapixel rear-facing camera can record 1080p HD videos. It comes with 1 GB of RAM and runs Android version 4.1.2.[6]

The Razr's successor, the Droid Razr HD, was announced on 5 September 2012.[7]

Availability[edit]

The phone launched in the United States on November 11, 2011 at 11:11 AM.[8]

The GSM/UMTS version was launched in India on 21 November 2011 at an MRP of INR35,000. Motorola also stated a best buy price in selected retail stores of INR33,990 for RAZR XT910.[9][10]

In Australia, Motorola launched it along with the network operator Optus in Sydney, on 27 October 2011.[11] But this is not 4G LTE variant.

In Europe it launched first in Bulgaria, debuting on December 12, 2011 from VIVACOM.[12]

Hardware[edit]

Motorola Droid RAZR comes in the form factor of a slate with a diamond-cut aluminum chassis. The display is a 4.3 inch qHD (540 × 960) Super AMOLED Advanced PenTile[2] capacitive touchscreen that is covered by scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass with an oleophobic fingerprint-resistant coating.

The back cover is made with DuPont Kevlar fiber surrounded by a plastic structure. The internals of the Droid RAZR are packed the smartphone construction technique Component Lamination, which physically bonds each layer of components to each other to provide a stronger body. The whole phone is covered by an invisible layer of splash-proof nano coating, which makes the phone water-resistant to occasional liquid splashes.

The Droid RAZR features four touch-capacitive buttons with the respective functions of menu, home, back and search. It uses a dual microphone system for noise reduction.

Software[edit]

The phone comes preinstalled with Android version 2.3.6 Gingerbread. It uses a modified user interface called Motoblur that is focused in social networking. The main features of Motoblur in the Droid Razr are:

  • Unified Contacts. The contacts from all services are unified and duplicates are removed. This is often a source of errors as it has troubles distinguishing between unique contacts and copies.
  • Google apps. By default all the Google Apps present in the Stock Android are included, with the a modified UI and with Motorola services embedded.
  • Smartactions. A Motorola app designed to automate tasks based on a wide range of triggers such as; time, location, battery charge, Wi-Fi network, etc.
  • Webtop

The Droid RAZR is upgradeable to version 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The release of the update began on March 8, 2013 for Verizon Wireless Users. The official Over the Air (OTA) update was released soon after.[1]

Webtop[edit]

Similar to the Motorola Atrix 4G, it has the integrated 'Webtop' application from Motorola. The Webtop application is launched when the phone is connected to the external display through Laptop dock or HD multimedia dock. In Webtop mode, offering similar user interface of typical Ubuntu desktop, the phone can run several applications on external display such as Firefox web browser, SNS clients and 'mobile view' application enabling total access of Atrix and its screen. In September 2011, Motorola released the source code of Webtop application at SourceForge.[13]

Webtop 3.0[edit]

With the Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, Webtop is now called Webtop 3.0 and no longer consist of a separate Linux OS. Instead, when the phone is connected to an external monitor via HDMI (lapdock or multimedia dock is no longer required) and webtop is chosen, the phone switches to the tablet UI in ICS and is able to run all the existing applications on the phone.[14]

Successors[edit]

Droid Razr Maxx[edit]

Motorola released a version of the Droid Razr carrying a higher capacity battery. The RAZR MAXX is equipped with a 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery,[15] an 85% increase in capacity over the 1780 mAh battery in the original RAZR. Due to the battery's larger physical size, the RAZR MAXX's overall thickness is larger at 8.99 mm.[15]

RAZR V[edit]

The RAZR V is considered a generational upgrade of the original Droid Razr. The RAZR V has improvements over the original such as Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and an easier to grasp form-factor, but there are also some cost-cutting measures in order to reduce the price, since the original Droid Razr was positioned as a flagship smartphone. In Canada, the RAZR V launched on Bell Mobility and Virgin Mobile and WIND Mobile.[1][2][3][4] However, the RAZR V is still priced above that of a feature phone and it is not much cheaper than flagship (high-end) smartphones with better specs, such as Motorola's own Razr M and Razr HD.[5]

Motorola RAZR M and Motorola RAZR i[edit]

See Motorola RAZR M
See Motorola RAZR i

Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr Maxx HD[edit]

See Droid Razr HD

Unlocked bootloader[edit]

There is a Droid Razr variant that features the same characteristics as the Droid Razr with the difference of having an unlockable bootloader. All Razrs now can be unlocked, provided they aren't the old OMAP processor.[16] This device, the Motorola RAZR developer edition, is currently sold in Europe.[17]

The developer edition features the capability of unlocking its bootloader by a tool found in the Motorola Mobility website. The unlock bootloader gives developers the ability to flash[jargon] custom ROMs onto the phone without the need to use alternative bypasses such as Safestrap, it also provides easy root access[18] without the need to use specific root exploits such as the Verizon variant (XT912) and the international variant(XT910).[19]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Software Upgrade for the DROID RAZR / DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola". 
  2. ^ "64GB Micro SDXC Cards - Confirmed Working in Droid Razr". forum.xda-developers.com. 
  3. ^ a b Patel, Nilay (November 8, 2011). "A closer look at the Droid Razr's screen". The Verge. Vox Media, Inc. 
  4. ^ "Motorola Droid Razr Official Specs". Motorola. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ Hardy, Ian (18 October 2011). "Rogers releasing the Motorola RAZR "in time for the holidays", $149.99 on a 3-year". Mobile Syrup. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Motorola DROID Razr finally unveiled, making its way to Rogers and Verizon". MobileSmug. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Laptopmag.com (5 September 2012). "Motorola launches new Razr smartphones". Fox News. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Verizon confirms RAZR's launch date: November 11th at 11:11AM". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  9. ^ "Motorola RAZR got official in India, arrived in a retail near you". TechIt.in. 21 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "Motorola Razr coming to India next week - Times Of India". The Times of India. 2011-10-31. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  11. ^ "Motorola Razr and Optus launch event in Sydney". ausdriod.net. 27 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Motorola RAZR Available in Bulgaria on December 12 from VIVACOM". Softpedia News. 9 December 2011. 
  13. ^ "Announcing the new Motorola Webtop source project". 2011-09-02. Retrieved 2012-12-25. 
  14. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISGAJzuAhqs
  15. ^ a b "DROID RAZR MAXX". Motorola. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  16. ^ Graff, Matt. "[SCRIPT] DROID RAZR M Utility 1.20 - Windows/Mac/Linux". XDA Developers. Retrieved 15 May 2013. 
  17. ^ Motorola Mobility. "What devices are supported by the Bootloader Unlock program?". Motorola Bootloader Unlock Support. Motorola Mobility. Retrieved 8 January 2013. 
  18. ^ Joseph Volpe (2011-10-24). "Motorola RAZR open for unlocked bootloader business, if the carrier says so". Engadget. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  19. ^ "Root & Recovery for Droid Razr XT910/XT912". XDA. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 

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