Jan 09 AT 2:43 PM Edgar Cervantes 24 Comments

Motorola Droid 4 officially announced; all rumored specs confirmed

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The Motorola Droid 4 has been the worst kept secret. After a plethora of leaks and rumors, this keyboard-friendly 4G LTE device has finally become official. Motorola and Verizon have released a press release confirming all the specs and features we already knew.

In a nutshell, the Droid 4 has a 4-inch qHD screen, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB on-board memory (supports microSD cards of up to 32 GB) and comes with Android 2.3.5. Don’t freak out yet; Motorola is promising an update to Ice Cream Sandwich soon. This smartphone is also great for keyboard lovers, since it has a full 5 row QWERTY slide-out keyboard. And with 4G LTE connectivity, your waiting time will be decreased substantially.

So, there you go. It is now official, and the Droid 4 should be hitting the streets in “a few weeks.” Motorola should have this bad boy on the showfloor, so be sure we’ll be getting some hands on time later this week. Stay tuned.

Will any of you guys be willing to sign up for the first Motorola Droid with 4G LTE combined with a slide-out keyboard?

Show Press Release
Verizon Wireless And Motorola Unveil Thinnest And Most Powerful 4G LTE QWERTY Smartphone: DROID 4 By Motorola

Raw Power and Innovative Design Empower Customers to Take Care of Business Like Never Before

LAS VEGAS, NV and BASKING RIDGE, NJ – Today at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless introduced the new DROID 4 by Motorola, the thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone offering the power and capabilities to handle even the most demanding lifestyles. Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets. The DROID 4 will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) as well as in the Motorola booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #8644).

DROID 4 is deceivingly slim at half an inch thin — packing not only a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark. It’s Business Ready with government-grade encryption to keep data secure. It features software tools such as MotoCastâ„¢ for remote access to music, pictures and videos on home or work computers, Smart Actions application to automate everyday tasks and the revolutionary webtop application for a multi-window environment with full Firefox® browser on a larger screen to boost productivity while on the road. An 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and Mirror Mode to display images and video on an HDTV, give DROID 4 users even more flexibility while at work or for play. DROID 4 delivers expected speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas for blazing fast Web browsing, video streaming and online collaboration.

A full suite of accessory options extends the power of DROID 4 and allows consumers to work however they work best. Accessories compatible with DROID 4 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.

Additional features

  • Powered by Androidâ„¢ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass
  • MotoCast for remote streaming of photos, videos, music, documents, presentations and more from home or office computers
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Water-repellent nanocoating for splash resistance
  • 16 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity is less); Support for up to 32 GB microSDâ„¢ card
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiverâ„¢ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

The DROID 4 by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com in the coming weeks.

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.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 107.7 million total wireless connections, including 90.7 million retail customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with nearly 83,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library atwww.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Google, and Android are trademarks of Google, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. © 2012 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.

Via: Droid-Life

Hello, I am Edgar Cervantes. I am an avid Android fan, and keeping myself updated on the topic is part of my daily life. I will always work hard to give the best of me to our community of Android enthusiasts, and I am very honored to be part of this ship. Hopefully we can all enjoy sharing our knowledge and opinions!

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Again, WHY are they announcing “the future of smartphones” with Gingerbread? That was released in 2010 and this is “the future of smartphones in 2012″! I get that they’ll upgrade them, but this is just silly.

    • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

      Very true. I was hoping for ICS phones all over the place. Also, in line with ICS, I was hoping for phones without hardware navigation keys.

      • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

        I gave up that thought for a long times. It becomes painfully clear that we shouldn’t expect any OEM phones to be shipped with Google’s latest OS for at least 6 months after the OS is released. Effectively, that means for any technical advancement Google wants to push forward, it will take at least 1 year (ie, about half year after the first OEM with the new OS shows up in the market) to show its effect.

  • spazby

    new phones should come in with ice cream right off the bat…. forget this waiting game to be upgraded…

  • Jeff Pan

    Why is Motorola rushing Droid 4?

    Why cant they release it with ICS rather than promise an update?

    Wasnt Droid 3 dual core too? Why not a quad core?

    • LukeT32

      they are not rushing it… the phone has been delayed for 3 months….

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    This is a nice phone but I never really got into the whole Droid line. Once I started using the onscreen keyboard on my Nexus S I haven’t wanted to go back… but like I said, this one looks like it would definitely be worth picking up if you like the Droid way of things.

  • Bryan Stoner

    I’d have to say the specs are at a nice place right now, especially for a slide-out key phone. But why would they still have capacitive touch buttons if ICS is right around the corner?

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      Why wouldn’t they? Look, ICS does not REQUIRE onscreen buttons. And, take me as the exception. Even though I love my Galaxy Nexus, there are times I want capacitive touch buttons back. I especially what a button dedicate to launch Voice Action.

  • azulpiscina

    I have all droids, so i will buy this one… LOL

  • Tamar

    Yes, and I’m going to switch to Verizon to get it.

    (and what happened to AndMe accounts?)

    • Tamar

      ah, apparently there are both options. With the commenting form and no login down here, you wouldn’t know…

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Love the qwerty keyboard! But no ICS marks it down.. they always promise and then make us wait for ages for an update..

  • Matt

    Gingerbread–CHECK
    Locked Bootloader- CHECK

  • droilfade

    Meh! can your QWERTY “swype” ! I didn’t think so :p

  • Hall Lo

    A hardware keyboard! Wait until ICS is on it and this fone is mine!

  • T1392

    Give me soothing with stock Motorola your killing me & as far as the DROID brand, well there’s way too many its a slow & painful death for the brand.Quality over Quantity.

  • rashad360

    On paper this looks like an awesome phone! I can’t wait to see some hands-on impressions

  • plasmoidia

    So it is slightly thinner than my Droid 2 (about 1/16″ thinner). Not too bad. I got the D2 in 2010 because I really wanted a hardware keyboard. But I am not sure I want to continue to deal with Motorola’s software. The lag for updates and locked bootloaders especially. I have been trying to use a touchscreen keyboard recently to see if I could deal with it and switch to a Galaxy Nexus when I can update. With use it has gotten better, but I have to say they hardware keyboard is much easier and faster to type on. Especially when typing a lot (like when chatting or writing a long email). I am leaning heavily toward the Nexus (bigger screen should mean easier typing too), but will probably check out the Droid 4 just to see. Motorola makes great hardware.

  • staryoshi

    I’d like to see qwerty keyboards go away… It’s all about the touchscreen and virtual keyboards now :)

  • Rising33

    Thats too bad that companies got people used to this ( u gotta have a new phone every 3 months ) situation. If they cared about the development of Android as much as suckering the general public of their money by releasing a new phone every other month then yes its possible to see phones come out with the lates OS version. Until then who knows…….?

  • Alec Waddelow

    This is such bullshit, this is essentially the same as the Atrix, albeit with a keyboard, and this gets promised an ICS update, but there is no hope for the Atrix. As much as they hyped that phone up, there has been an utter lack of support for it.

  • Nathan D.

    Well it’s about time they showed that phone

  • GoldNugget

    Can you confirm whether it will be a global phone with a working GSM radio? So far, the rumors have been either way. Global capabilities are a major selling point of the Droid line, and nobody is thinking to ask Motorola or Verizon about it.

  1. Again, WHY are they announcing “the future of smartphones” with Gingerbread? That was released in 2010 and this is “the future of smartphones in 2012″! I get that they’ll upgrade them, but this is just silly.

    • Very true. I was hoping for ICS phones all over the place. Also, in line with ICS, I was hoping for phones without hardware navigation keys.

      • I gave up that thought for a long times. It becomes painfully clear that we shouldn’t expect any OEM phones to be shipped with Google’s latest OS for at least 6 months after the OS is released. Effectively, that means for any technical advancement Google wants to push forward, it will take at least 1 year (ie, about half year after the first OEM with the new OS shows up in the market) to show its effect.

  2. new phones should come in with ice cream right off the bat…. forget this waiting game to be upgraded…

  3. Why is Motorola rushing Droid 4?

    Why cant they release it with ICS rather than promise an update?

    Wasnt Droid 3 dual core too? Why not a quad core?

  4. This is a nice phone but I never really got into the whole Droid line. Once I started using the onscreen keyboard on my Nexus S I haven’t wanted to go back… but like I said, this one looks like it would definitely be worth picking up if you like the Droid way of things.

  5. I’d have to say the specs are at a nice place right now, especially for a slide-out key phone. But why would they still have capacitive touch buttons if ICS is right around the corner?

    • Why wouldn’t they? Look, ICS does not REQUIRE onscreen buttons. And, take me as the exception. Even though I love my Galaxy Nexus, there are times I want capacitive touch buttons back. I especially what a button dedicate to launch Voice Action.

  6. I have all droids, so i will buy this one… LOL

  7. TamarGuest 3 years ago

    Yes, and I’m going to switch to Verizon to get it.

    (and what happened to AndMe accounts?)

    • TamarGuest 3 years ago

      ah, apparently there are both options. With the commenting form and no login down here, you wouldn’t know…

  8. Love the qwerty keyboard! But no ICS marks it down.. they always promise and then make us wait for ages for an update..

  9. MattGuest 3 years ago

    Gingerbread–CHECK
    Locked Bootloader- CHECK

  10. Meh! can your QWERTY “swype” ! I didn’t think so :p

  11. A hardware keyboard! Wait until ICS is on it and this fone is mine!

  12. Give me soothing with stock Motorola your killing me & as far as the DROID brand, well there’s way too many its a slow & painful death for the brand.Quality over Quantity.

  13. On paper this looks like an awesome phone! I can’t wait to see some hands-on impressions

  14. So it is slightly thinner than my Droid 2 (about 1/16″ thinner). Not too bad. I got the D2 in 2010 because I really wanted a hardware keyboard. But I am not sure I want to continue to deal with Motorola’s software. The lag for updates and locked bootloaders especially. I have been trying to use a touchscreen keyboard recently to see if I could deal with it and switch to a Galaxy Nexus when I can update. With use it has gotten better, but I have to say they hardware keyboard is much easier and faster to type on. Especially when typing a lot (like when chatting or writing a long email). I am leaning heavily toward the Nexus (bigger screen should mean easier typing too), but will probably check out the Droid 4 just to see. Motorola makes great hardware.

  15. I’d like to see qwerty keyboards go away… It’s all about the touchscreen and virtual keyboards now :)

  16. Thats too bad that companies got people used to this ( u gotta have a new phone every 3 months ) situation. If they cared about the development of Android as much as suckering the general public of their money by releasing a new phone every other month then yes its possible to see phones come out with the lates OS version. Until then who knows…….?

  17. This is such bullshit, this is essentially the same as the Atrix, albeit with a keyboard, and this gets promised an ICS update, but there is no hope for the Atrix. As much as they hyped that phone up, there has been an utter lack of support for it.

  18. Well it’s about time they showed that phone

  19. GoldNuggetGuest 3 years ago

    Can you confirm whether it will be a global phone with a working GSM radio? So far, the rumors have been either way. Global capabilities are a major selling point of the Droid line, and nobody is thinking to ask Motorola or Verizon about it.