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Are these the droids you're looking for?

Google Inc. (GOOG) subsidiary Motorola Mobility today held a special event, looking (perhaps) to capitalize on the market void left by potential handset bans on global market leader and BMOAC (big-man-on-Android's campus) Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (KSC:005930).

Motorola teased three handsets:

Motorola Droid RAZR HD


Display: 4.7-in 720p (1280x720 pixels)
CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 4 from Qualcomm, Inc. (QCOM)
OS: Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
Camera: 8 megapixels (rear only)
Dimensions: 131.9mm x 67.9 mm x 8.4mm
Storage: microSD
Battery: 2,500 mAh
Extras: NFC
Carrier: Verizon Wireless (a Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) and Vodafone Group Plc. (LON:VOD) joint-subsidiary)
Price: ??
Arrival: "before the holidays"

Motorola Droid RAZR HD


(same as above, plus...)
Storage: 32 GB (internal)
Battery: 3,300 mAh (thickness is rises to 9.3 mm)
Arrival: holiday season

Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE


Display: 4.3-in. "qHD" (960x540 pixels)
CPU: 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 4 MSM8960 from Qualcomm
OS: Android 4.0.4 "Ice Cream Sandwich"
Cameras: 8 megapixel rear, 0.3 megapixel front
Connectivity: GSM / UMTS / HSPA+/ LTE
Storage: 8 GB (internal) + microSD
Extras: NFC, Kevlar body
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Price: $99 with new contract
Arrival: holiday season (pre-order starts now)

The new Droid designs feel a bit bland, but to be fair they should come with excellent battery life.  Motorola's current generation Droid MAXX regular tops battery life benchmark charts, thanks to its 3,300 mAh battery.

Sources: Engadget [1], [2], [3]

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By retrospooty on 9/5/2012 5:52:10 PM , Rating: 2
I like the Razr HD Maxx. THe current Maxx is the longest lasting battery on the market. With the newer, more efficient CPU, it should help to compensate for the larger screen and come out about the same.

RE: Nice...
By tayb on 9/5/2012 6:06:03 PM , Rating: 2
You would think that would be the case but "software bloat" and "hardware bloat" seems to have set in for both Google and Apple. We've made huge leaps in efficiency but not huge leaps in battery life. We tack on more crap on the software and hardware side to keep battery life almost at a constant. The Maxx was great because it compensated for this by having an outrageously large battery.

RE: Nice...
By retrospooty on 9/5/2012 6:19:15 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe, but it is what it is... You just gotta take the crap out.

I look at it this way. The Maxx has way longer battery life than my Galaxy S3. Almost 2 months old and I have yet to see it go lower than 50%.

RE: Nice...
By sprockkets on 9/6/2012 1:18:05 AM , Rating: 2
But Anand's own benchmarks have the One X and SG3 both putting it to shame on battery life per watt hour. While it does have 20hr talk time it barely is better at WiFi and LTE use while having a battery twice as big.

RE: Nice...
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 8:14:43 AM , Rating: 2

It works for me. Pop in a newer better OS and a newer 28nm SOC and i'd take it.

RE: Nice...
By BifurcatedBoat on 9/7/2012 12:36:13 PM , Rating: 3
I agree. I have the current Maxx, and this new Maxx is the only one I'd consider upgrading to.

Once you get used to having the battery life to never have to mess with "battery defender" or turn off features to make it past 6PM, it's hard to imagine ever going back to that.

Keep wifi, bluetooth, GPS on all day? Forget to plug it in one night? No problem for the Maxx.

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