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Verizon announces support for Motorola RAZR Maxx

by Steven Mostyn - Jan 25 2012, 14:03

Image: Motorola.

Pushing its established Droid RAZR a little further, Motorola has announced the unleashing of its RAZR Maxx, which differs from the original RAZR in a couple of subtle ways.

And, eager to embrace those changes, American telecommunications giant Verizon Wireless has this week said it will begin offering the RAZR Maxx from Thursday, January 26.

Although both handsets look the same, the RAZR Maxx offers up significantly better battery life than the RAZR, thanks to the addition of an impressive 3300mAh cell capable of providing 21 hours of single-charge operation.

However, one slight downside to that improved longevity is that the larger battery has forced Motorola to increase the handset’s physical profile from 7.1mm to 8.9mm. That being said, both RAZRs are still thinner than the iPhone (9.3mm).

Other technical aspects packed into the RAZR Maxx include, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED high-definition screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 16GBs of data storage, a further 16GBs of memory via a pre-installed microSD card, and a rear-facing 8.0 mega-pixel camera.

Wait, we’re not done. There’s also 1080p HD video capture, a front-facing camera for video chats, Wi-Fi, 3G, and 4G connectivity, and the option to create a mobile hotspot for up to eight compatible devices.

Oh, and the RAZR Maxx, like its predecessor, comes with the Gingerbread variant (v2.3.5) of Google’s Android operating system. However, the latest Ice Cream Sandwich release (v4.0) will be made available as a free downloadable upgrade.

In terms of pricing, the RAZR Maxx will sell for the same price as the RAZR did at launch, which places it at $299.99 USD attached to a mandatory two-year service contract.

If the little changes packed into the Maxx don’t float your boat, the first-edition RAZR can now be picked up for $199.99 USD with a two-year contract.

Wait for it… Woof!

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