Motorola has had a very quiet 2012 so far in Australia, but the company appears to be back with a 4G bang. Two out of its three newest Android phones are set to launch Down Under, headed by the RAZR HD. While not offering any new groundbreakingly new features, the Motorola RAZR HD appears to be an impressively designed smartphone and claims to offer extensive battery life.
The key feature for us Aussies is 4G connectivity. 4G LTE networks are still in their relative infancy in Australia, so it's great to see that the RAZR HD will support the 1800MHz 4G network used here by both Telstra and Optus. The RAZR HD will exclusively be sold in Australia through Telstra, so it will be competing against the the HTC One XL and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III 4G. These are two of the best Android phones on the market right now, so Motorola certainly has its work cut out.
4G aside, Motorola's claim of "all day battery life" is certainly intriguing. The RAZR HD comes with a fairly large 2530mAh battery and the company claims it will last for up to seven hours of YouTube videos, up to six hours of mobile Web browsing and up to 16 minutes of talk time. While the battery is larger than most other comparable smartphones, we're not sure all users will be able to push out a full day of use, especially considering this is a 4G phone. If Motorola's battery life figures prove to be correct, the RAZR HD definitely has a huge ace up its sleeve.
The Motorola RAZR HD has a large 4.7in super AMOLED screen with a 720p HD resolution of 1280x720. It has a pixel density of 312ppi, meaning it should display super fine text with minimal visible aberrations. Motorola says it pushed the display as close as possible to the edge of the phone in order to maximise the screen size without compromising on physical size. The result is a phone with a strikingly thin bezel.
Motorola's engineers probably deserve a nice pat on the back for the RAZR HD's design. The company describes the handset as "the world’s most compact 4.7in smartphone." It measures just 8.4mm thin which is quite an achievement considering the screen size.
Motorola has retained many of the features that made the previous RAZR smartphone appealing. The RAZR HD's screen is coated in gorilla glass, the back has a Kevlar fibre backing and there's a splash-guard coating that makes the surface water repellant. The internal components of the phone have been coated with this splash-guard material, too, so the RAZR HD should hold up well if it accidentally gets splashed with water.
The Motorola RAZR HD is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and comes with a microSD card slot for memory expansion. There's also an 8-megapixel rear camera that doubles as a full HD video recorder, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls and a micro-HDMI port for connecting the phone to a TV.
The RAZR HD will initially ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, but Motorola says an update to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version will arrive before the end of the year.
Neither Motorola or Telstra have announced specific local availability or pricing details, but the RAZR HD is expected to be released in Q3, exclusively through Telstra. Telstra has set up a page on its Web site for users wishing to register their interest.
You can see Motorola's promotional video of the RAZR HD in action below.