Verizon customers craving a thin LTE smartphone with all-day battery life get their wish later this week. The carrier is launching Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx on Jan. 26 for $299 with contract. Although the Android handset is 8.99 millimeters thick, Verizon is claiming up to 21 hours of battery life, thanks to the high-capacity battery.
The 3300 mAh internal battery is the big upgrade to this Droid, as most large-screened smartphone batteries have a capacity of around 1800 mAh. But there’s plenty more to like about the new handset, which I got a peek at during the Consumer Electronics Show:
Google Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
4.3-inch 960 x 540 resolution Super AMOLED display
8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture; 1.3-megapixel front camera
1.2 GHz dual-core processor
16 GB of internal storage; 16 GB microSD card included
802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; location services through GPS and GLONASS
Mobile hotspot use for connecting up to 8 devices
Although priced high at nearly $300 with contract, I suspect the Razr Maxx will be Motorola’s biggest hit on Verizon during the first half of the year. The phone addresses a key challenge with LTE devices: battery life. Super AMOLED displays — a Samsung component — are among the best on the market. And support for cutting edge connectivity such as GPS/GLONASS and Bluetooth 4.0 make the Razr Maxx a hot handset. Let’s see if the sales figures prove my prediction, or if this Droid gets lost in a sea of other Androids.