Sep 05 AT 3:45 PM Dustin Earley 19 Comments

Verizon Droid RAZR M to launch September 13 for $99

Screen Shot 2012-09-05 at 3.42.25 PM

Announced alongside the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR HD MAXX this afternoon, the Droid RAZR M is Motorola’s attempt at low-cost Android device that doesn’t sacrifice specs to get there.

With a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, Verizon LTE, global roaming capabilities, NFC and Android 4.0, the RAZR M is identical to the RAZR HD in specs, except for the display. Instead of a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display, the RAZR M comes with a 4.3-inch “edge-to-edge” qHD display. By taking the display down a notch size and resolution wise, Motorola and Verizon have managed to get the RAZR M down to as low as $99 on a new two-year contract.

Anyone content with the RAZR M’s 4.3-inch display won’t have to wait long to grab the device, as Verizon has already opened pre-orders with an official release date of September 13. The developer edition, featuring an unlockable bootloader, has been put up for preorder as well, but will cost you a pretty penny at $550. No word yet on when the international non-Droid branded RAZR M will be available.

What do you think of Motorola’s new RAZR devices? Does the company have a portfolio of hits on its hands, or were you hoping for more?

RAZR M_Black_Front_VZW-2 RAZR M_White_Front_VZW-2 Screen Shot 2012-09-05 at 3.42.25 PM

Source: Motorola

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • uknowme

    For the price it doesn’t sound bad.

    • zerosix

      It sound’s bad for it’s launch date.

  • LukeT32

    If I was in the market for a new phone I would highly consider it…..

  • MitchRapp81

    Anyone else expecting something else when they announced a “Full Screen Phone” ? I still see lots of Bezel, maybe more than my Galaxy Nexus!

    I was expecting a Tony Stark type of phone…… anyways :(

    • vforvortex

      I thought the edge to edge phone was going to be shown at the Motorola/ Intel event taking place on Sept 18th in London. The invite says “let us take you to the edge”. Thats what i assumed.

  • Mix

    I am curious enough to find out what this will cost off contract wherever it makes it’s way to Canada.

  • Nathan D.

    Nice budget phone for beginners

  • revs

    crazy phone

    with a lower res screen
    the performance must be insane

  • Joseph

    From using the device personally the antennae is a bit lacking atm. Maybe it’s because it’s not optimized for Verizon until the 13th, but in areas where my Maxx got 4G the M is getting 3G.

    • Dustin Earley

      Interesting. Does Wifi function well?

      • Joseph

        Wifi functions just fine. I took it into a Verizon store because i thought 4G might not have been working. They suggested getting the sim card replaced when it becomes available for the masses on the 13th.

        Later on on the way back home 4G did finally appear albeit with one bar when my Maxx had 3. 3G reception seems to be just fine though.

  • JhonnyQ

    Personally, I find the S3 and such 4.7′ phones kinda big for the usual day-to-day. Sometimes I miss being able to carry my phone in a not-so-deep jean pocket, but I really hate to give up processing power just to get a phone a bit smaller. So yes, I definetly see a place on the market for the razr M, and be sure I’ll keep an eye for a release date on my country.

    • Ryan Cannon

      I agree. I think, at least when it comes to something that should fit in your pocket, there comes a point when a screen/phone can be too big.

  • mudakappa siddapur

    wahhhh….a great specs at a lower price ……..I want to bye it once hit the market ??? but I don’t have any idea when this is avail in Bangalore or karnatak

  • Ryan Cannon

    Calling $99 “low-cost” while signing a 2 yr agreement is ridiculous

  • charlie88

    Make the same phone, try and get the lower bezel smaller, Tegra 3 or Snapdragon S4 (Pro), HD screen and I’d go out and buy it right now. Though going from 4.65inch screen to 4.3 would still be a real switch. I’d prefer a 4.5 minimum and less bezel.

    • mikelward

      So a completely different phone then?

      A 4.5 inch display would make the whole phone larger. There’s already plenty of 4.5 inch phones.

  • mtlgtrst

    This phone will probably not sell as well as it should. I think this is a great product. IMO, some of the flagship phones have gotten too big. The Note is just absurd. I used to have an iPhone (sorry), and one thing that I think has been under-appreciated by Android phone OEMs is the comfort of that size touchscreen. For one-handed operation, reaching those corners on a 5 inch screen (or something close to it) can be a real hassle. Unfortunately, smaller phones aren’t getting the best hardware. This product is a great option for users who like a more comfortable phone size but don’t want an “entry-level” device. And hitting the $99 price point is key. Even if you tell people it has great specs, they still aren’t going to feel comfortable paying the same price for a smaller phone.

  • dutrak