So 2011 was the year of the tablet and Honeycomb, Android 3.0. 2012 is supposed to be the year of quad-core processors in both phones and tablets, so what is Motorola going to bring to the table? We’ve already heard about the Motorola Jet and Motorola Bullet which are essentially the same phone but one has a physical QWERTY keyboard while the other does not. What about Motorola’s tablets? Are we going to see a Droid Xyboard Family Edition? Droid Xyboard 2? Or another brand new tablet from Motorola with a brand new name? Not expecting more then 1 or 2 tablets from Motorola this year since they just launched the Motorola Droid Xyboard within the last month. Let’s explore what we can expect from them this year.
Motorola Droid 4
This one was announced at CES in January but does not yet have a release date. All the specs are now official. The Droid 4 will launch on Verizon with 4G LTE support of course, with a 4″ qHD display, 1.2GHz Dual-Core Processor, and 16GB of onboard storage launching with Gingerbread 2.3.5. Sadly the Droid 4 is not launching with Ice Cream Sandwich like we had hoped.
The Droid 4 was probably the worst kept secret in Motorola’s history. We have seen more rumors then we can count about the Droid 4 before it was finally announced during CES in Las Vegas this year along with the Droid Razr Maxx. Now all we need is a release date.
Motorola Droid Razr Maxx
Droid Razr Maxx
Essentially the Droid Razr with an extended battery. The only difference between this and the Droid Razr Motorola released back in November is the big battery upgrade to a 3300mAh battery from the 1780mAh battery the original Droid Razr had. The Droid Razr Maxx was just released on January 26th, and based on battery tests from numerous sites, it looks like it can last almost 24 hours on 4G LTE which we all know is a huge battery hog.
The Motorola Bullet, which is a different name then we are used to hearing from Motorola on Verizon phones, will sport a 4.3″ qHD screen, Tegra 3 (Kal-El) quad-core processor, at least 1GB DDR2 RAM (possibly 1.5GB), 16GB on-board storage, NFC chip, and a redesigned sensor to provide its new 12MP camera with amazing photos.
I’d really like to see Motorola get away from the qHD displays and go with something like SAMOLED that Samsung puts in a lot of their high-end devices and their newer Galaxy Tabs, also like to see a 720p display and perhaps a device that isn’t a 4.3″ or 4″, I’m sure I am not the only one that likes the size of the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note from Samsung. It looks like the Bullet will be one of the first phones with a 12MP camera, which isn’t a surprise from Motorola. They made the first phone with a 5MP camera about 2 years ago, anyone remember the Original Motorola Droid?
The Motorola Jet is the keyboarded version of the Motorola Bullet. Will sport a 4″ qHD screen, Tegra 3, 1 to 1.5GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB on-board storage, same new 12MP camera as the Bullet, NFC chip, and a fully redesigned chicklet-style keyboard.
Seriously a QWERTY keyboard? Who still uses a physical keyboard? When I had the physical keyboard on my Original Droid I almost never used it, I always used the touch screen keyboard. But if you really want the physical keyboard it looks like you’ll be trading off some screen real estate for it.
The Motoluxe is due to be released in the first quarter of 2012, with these specifications 8MP camera with LED Flash, VGA camera for video chat, Qualcomm 800MHz processor, 512MB RAM, Screen 9.8-inch Thin and elegant design, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 1400mAh battery.
The Motoluxe is one of those phones we call a “budget” phone. As you can tell by the specs it isn’t the best phone coming out in 2012, but it’s not a piece of garbage either.
Motorola Defy Mini
Motorola Defy Mini
The Defy Mini is a remake of the original Motorola Defy that was so popular, with Talk time 10 hours, 600MHz processor, 512MB of RAM, Storage Upto 32GB MicroSD, Android Gingerbread.
Similar to the Motoluxe the Defy Mini is also a “budget” phone that will probably only be available on pre-paid carriers like AT&T’s GoPhone or Verizon’s Pre-paid services.
Motorola and Google’s Nexus Tablet
Rumored Motorola/Google Nexus Tablet
We have heard very little about this, but we all know Google has bought Motorola Mobility right? Well why wouldn’t Google have Motorola manufacture their Nexus devices? Yes we know Google has said they would not give Motorola any favoritism compared to other manufacturers, but if Google wants to keep the development of a Nexus tablet quiet it would probably be the easiest to do it with Motorola.
We’ve seen rumors of Motorola working on a very high resolution display 10-inch tablet that will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich. Now we know that was not the Xyboard because the Xyboard launched with Honeycomb, Android 3.2. Other then the 10-inch display with extremely high resolution we basically know nothing else spec wise, but we are hoping to hear something at Mobile World Congress in February or at Google I/O this summer.
At CES Motorola did state they wanted to make less devices in 2012, which will make every consumer happy, so this might be the entire list and it might not be. But as we get more rumors and leaks we will of course report them to you can drool over what is being created in Motorola’s kitchen for us to use everyday. Which device do you have your eyes on.