Sep 24 AT 1:51 PM Taylor Wimberly 42 Comments

Droid RAZR and XOOM 2 pose for the camera, specs revealed


As we count down to Q4, more devices are beginning to leak in order to build up some buzz for the important holiday shopping season. This weekend two of Motorola’s highly anticipated devices happened to leak out at the same time. Read on for the latest details about the Droid RAZR and XOOM 2.

Motorola Droid RAZR (Spyder or Droid HD)

Droid RAZR could be the thinnest LTE phone.

First up we have another appearance of the Droid RAZR uncovered by Niley Patel of This is my Next. Niley reports the phone had the codename Spyder and was also referred to as the Droid HD. We have already seen the phone several times, but now we have a better idea of the final hardware specs.

Rumored specs of the Droid RAZR include:

  • 4.3-inch 960 x 540 qHD Super AMOLED display
  • Unspecified dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
  • 8 megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and image stabilization
  • “HD” front-facing camera
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Gorilla Glass and a Kevlar casing with a splash-guard coating
  • Webtop support and Lapdock accessories
  • 4G LTE

Overall it looks like this phone is shaping up to be the older brother of the recently launched Droid Bionic. We have another 4G LTE phone with a large display and dual-core processor. However, the RAZR will top the Bionic with the first qHD Super AMOLED display and a faster 1.2 GHz processor.

Given the specs of this phone, we would expect it to land on Verizon in time for the holiday shopping season. The timing is odd because Verizon just launched the Motorola Droid Bionic, so we might be waiting awhile as they stretch out the release dates.

Motorola XOOM 2 (MZ617)

Next up we have the first pictures of the XOOM 2 in the wild, thanks to Kellen of Droid Life. He was able to gather some basic specs from observing the pictures, but then Sean Hollister of This is my Next was able to uncover a more complete list.

Rumored specs of the XOOM 2 include:

  • 10.10-inch display
  • Unspecified dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
  • 1 GB of “faster” RAM
  • Rear camera with 1080p video record, front camera
  • Eleven hours of battery life compared to the original model’s ten
  • 9mm thick
  • Optional keyboard case and stylus pen
  • Built-in IR blaster for home automation
  • HDMI and micro USB port
  • First tablet to ship with Adobe Flash Player 11
  • SIM card slot (LTE is assumed)

For me the most surprising spec is the dual-core 1.2 GHz processor. Motorola was the first to launch a dual-core Tegra 2 tablet early this year, and there were rumors they might also be the first with a quad-core tablet.

Competing devices like the ASUS Transformer 2 are supposed to start appearing next month with NVIDIA’s Kal-El processor, so Motorola might be forced to lower the price of the XOOM 2 and target the mid-tier market.

The first ASUS Transformer was priced at hundreds less than the original Motorola XOOM, and it went on to become one of the best selling Honeycomb tablets. If ASUS can offer a Transformer 2 tablet with 2-3x the performance and better battery life than the XOOM 2, then Motorola will be in trouble again for their second tablet attempt.

If you are a Verizon customer, will either of these Motorola devices be on your wish list this Christmas?

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