Motorola Droid 4 adds a keyboard to RAZR

Motorola's next RAZR will add a QWERTY keyboard, according to reports.

What happens if you take the RAZR design and add a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? Meet the Motorola Droid 4, the latest recruit in the Android army, breaking cover this weekend via leaked photos from Droid Life. There’s no official confirmation of this phone yet, which is expected to arrive on Verizon’s 4G LTE network on December 8.

The purported leaked specs show that the Droid 4 would match many the specs of the Droid Razr, with 4G LTE connectivity, 1GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and an 8-megapizel camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization. There’s also a front-facing camera for video chat for the successor of the Droid 3, launched just six months ago.

The Droid 4 also borrows a few of the design traits of the Razr, with the same water-repellent coating to protect against spills, and the Gorilla Glass display. The Droid 4 display however, is smaller than on the Razr – 4 inches on the Droid 4 versus 4.3 inches on the Razr. The screen technology is different too: the Droid 4 uses the same qHD display technology as the Droid 3, while the Razr has a Super AMOLED display.

The slide-out QWERTY keyboard on the Droid 4 received a face-lift as well. The 5-row keyboard (with dedicated numbers row) uses edge backlighting, and if you invested in one of Motorola’s Lapdocks (100, 500 Pro), you’ll be happy to hear the Droid 4 is compatible with them. Dedicated accessories will also include an HD Dock and Station, an in-car navigation dock or a wireless keyboard with attached trackpad.

Previous leaks of the Droid 4 indicate the device will also feature a microSD card slot under the back cover, as well as microUSB and microHDMI connectors on the bottom right side. Until Motorola officially announced the phone, pricing for the device is yet unknown, but chances are it would cost $300 with a two-year contract, as most of Verizon’s 4G high-end devices.

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