Jan 09 AT 3:11 PM Anthony Domanico 32 Comments

Motorola’s solution for a non-removable battery on the RAZR? Why, the RAZR MAXX of course!


Today must be “Introduce a new device that addresses problems with a device we released not too long ago” day in the Android world. One of the biggest beefs we had with the DROID RAZR was the phone’s lack of removable battery. Though the RAZR actually had a decent battery life (and is still one of our favorite Verizon phones), not being able to have a backup or extended battery for an LTE phone is the kiss of death.

Motorola has solved the DROID RAZR’s lack of removable battery problem by introducing a new model, the DROID RAZR MAXX, which also features a non-removable battery, but is way bigger. We don’t know exactly how much bigger the battery is, but Motorola and Verizon are promising a whopping 21 hours of battery life on the RAZR MAXX while maintaining the same svelte profile of the original RAZR.

The DROID RAZR MAXX will have 32GB of onboard storage and will run the customary $299.99 when it’s released.

Verizon and Motorola have also announced a purple version of the original DROID RAZR, which should launch in the coming weeks. It’s identical to the original RAZR spec-wise, but with a shiny new purple finish.

Motorola and Verizon will likely have the DROID RAZR MAXX and purple DROID RAZR on the show floor at CES, which opens tomorrow. We’ll bring you more on these phones from Vegas in the coming week.

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Show Press Release

LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ – From the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) today announced an expansion of the DROID RAZRâ„¢ family. In coming weeks, customers will see the DROID RAZRâ„¢ by Motorola in Purple and the DROID RAZRâ„¢ MAXXâ„¢ by Motorola. Both new DROIDs are powered by America’s fastest, most reliable 4G network and build upon the successful DROID RAZR by Motorola.

DROID RAZR — Thin, Powerful and now in Purple

DROID RAZR in Purple will debut in the coming weeks with 16 GB on-board memory and gives customers a third stylish option from which to choose. Regardless of color — classic Black, pristine White or Purple, the DROID RAZR is equipped with the same great features that let customers search the Web or download more than 300,000 Android Marketâ„¢ apps at breakneck speeds on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. The DROID RAZR in Purple will be $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

Taking DROID RAZR to the MAXX

The DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola will join the DROID family for customers who want all the great features of the DROID RAZR, but need a smartphone that overachieves. DROID RAZR MAXX is designed for customers who spend their days and nights multi-tasking. This smartphone is a marathon runner with enough endurance to let customers talk on the phone for more than 21 hours straight on a single charge. It’s the longest-lasting smartphone on the block, and at just 8.99 mm, the device is still impossibly thin. The DROID RAZR MAXX comes equipped with 32 GB of total memory and will be $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

The DROID Family by Motorola Complete with Tablets

The DROID family also includes the two recently launched DROID XYBOARD tablets by Motorola. Both boast the blazing speeds of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network and the power of dual-core 1.2 GHz processors for lightning-fast Web browsing and multi-tasking. Customers can select what size XYBOARD they want to command by choosing either the 10.1-inch or 8.2-inch DROID.

Ice Cream Sandwich Update

DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX are powered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network and run on Androidâ„¢ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Androidâ„¢ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DROID XYBOARD tablets will also be upgraded to Android 4.0. Both DROID smartphones will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.

Additional Features and Smart Accessories

A full suite of accessories that extend the power of DROID RAZR and DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola are also available from Verizon Wireless. Accessories compatible with both DROIDs include the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with built-in webcam and Ethernet connection, HD Dock, HD Station and vehicle navigation mount. Plus, each device has all the software needed to customize DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX to the fullest. Stream music, photos and videos from home or work computers straight to the smartphone with MotoCastâ„¢, or automate everyday tasks by creating rules using Smart Actions.

Data Plans

Customers that purchase a DROID RAZR or DROID RAZR MAXX will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data. Customers that purchase a DROID XYBOARD tablet will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Mobile Broadband data plan starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

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