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Tech Wednesday, October 19th 2011 at 11:09 am

Motorola Relaunches Razr Brand as World’s Thinnest 4G Smartphone

Motorola announced the relaunch of the Razr brand, everyone’s first ridiculously (at the time) thin mobile phone, except now, it’ll be aligned with the current trend in phone gadgetry and will be what Motorola is touting as the world’s thinnest 4G smartphone. So, instead of those slick buttons the old flip Razr had, it’ll have a slick screen.

The Droid Razr is 7.1mm thick, sitting in a chassis with a stainless steel core, protected from behind with a woven kevlar back. The Razr sports a Super AMOLED 4.3-inch Gorilla Glass screen, a type of glass that we found out from a drop test is actually pretty sturdy. Sitting between the screen and woven kevlar back is a 1.2GHz processor along with 1 GB of RAM, double the RAM found in the iPhone 4S. Supposedly, the battery will deliver 12 and a half hours of talk time and around 9 hours of video playback, but we all know not to believe any kind of announced battery numbers for any device unless they’re unimpressive. The phone will feature an 8 megapixel camera on the rear capable of taking 1080p high-def video, while also sporting an HD camera on the front.

The caveat to the phone is that it only comes with Gingerbread, Android 2.3.5, various numbers away from the ridiculously named new Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. However, the fact that it runs on Verizon’s 4G LTE network might mitigate the underwhelming operating system. Motorola is probably hoping that the branding of the once-great mobile king Razr and the thinness of the new smartphone will attract customers, but we all know that the thinness of a smartphone rarely matters nowadays, as the devices are generally immediately shoved into protective casing, increasing the size.

The Droid Razr will release in early November in the U.S. for $299 with a two year contract with Verizon.

(via Digital Spy)

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