Blending the best of both worlds where user input is concerned, American handset giant Motorola has formally unveiled its new Droid 4 smartphone, which balances an on-screen virtual keyboard with a physical backlit QWERTY alternative.
Described at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) as “the greatest Android keyboard slider yet”, the Droid 4 holds true to the sharply defined aesthetics of its Droid 3 predecessor but ups the performance ante by 0.2GHz thanks to the inclusion of a dual-core 1.2GHz processor.
It’s not all ‘onward and upward’ though, as the Droid 4 is set to arrive sporting the olde Gingerbread variant (v2.3.5) of Google’s Android operating system, which is a disappointment considering that Ice Cream Sandwich (v4.0) is already available.
That being said, Motorola recently confirmed an Ice Cream Sandwich update will be delivered to existing handset customers in the near future—and we’d expect Droid 4 owners to be included.
Other aspects packed into the Droid 4 include, a rear-facing 8.0 mega-pixel camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GBs of on-board data storage, and support for 4G/LTE connectivity—which equates to approx. 5-12Mbps on download, 2-5Mbps on upload.
In related news, Motorola has also whipped the covers off its new RAZR Maxx handset, which largely mirrors the existing RAZR via a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch capacitive display, an 8.0 mega-pixel camera (rear), 32GBs of storage, and a 1080p front-facing camera.
As with the aforementioned Droid 4, the new RAZR Maxx will be launched with version 2.3.5 of Google Android but will receive a version 4.0 update soon thereafter.
Beyond its solid internal specifications, the Razr Maxx is likely to stand out due to Motorola’s boast that it will produce a whopping 21 hours of operational use on a single charge—thanks to its juice-tastic 3,300mAh battery.
Both the Droid 4 and RAZR Maxx are expected to hit store shelves before the close of 2012’s first quarter. Details regarding price points and full regional availability for the Droid 4 have not yet been divulged. The Razr Maxx will cost $299.99 USD alongside a two-year data contract with Verizon Wireless.