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Motorola Wireless: LTE RAZR Fast, Tough, Skinny, Execs Say

NEW YORK Just hours before its would-be parent company unveils Android 4.0 Honeycomb and expected Samsung devices early this evening in Hong Kong, Motorola Wireless execs in New York today let loose its RAZR smartphone. To ship November 7 at $300 fhe 32GB, 1.2 GHz 4G LTE is a great comeback for the RAZR brand.

It’s 71mm at its thinnest point — arguably the world’s thinnest smartphone.

And it’s armored to the teeth in Kevlar fibertech and Corning Gorilla glass. Splash guard protection. Nanotech coating for ultimate phone protection. I’ll do a report on that tech and how it works for Groovy Science! later today, so stay tuned. To get a feel for the event today, here’s the rowdy promotional video execs showed:

As was leaked, the Verizon-powered RAZR is a true 4G LTE — phone, just the second to market. The Droid Bionic was first. Now for the specs:

The RAZR’s got a 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, and best, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display with qHD (720p) res. Nice! Eager to see that up close and personal.

The Apple iPhone 4 S has a comparatively smaller screen at 3.5-inch would-be buyers should note. It’s also not an LTE phone. But the iPhone 4S matches camera-wise, at least on specs. Both iPhone 4S and RAZR have  1080 High Def video capture cum stabilization and an 8mp camera. Extremely decent phone specs on both devices.

Our sources say this phone will in weeks or days be upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but time will tell. RAZR, storage-wise, is mid-line but a good bang for the buck, considering 16GB of storage, plus a16GB microSD card. It’s also among the first, like the Apple iPhone 4S, to ship with Bluetooth 4.0 — something I’m definitely going to dig into.

scary thin smartphone

It's a scary thin smartphone -- Mororola says it's the skinniest ever.

armored razr by motorola

In addition to an armor including Keflar and Corning Gorilla glass, Morotola claims the RAZR's got " force field of water-repellent nanoparticles shields the phone against water attacks — even the electrical boards inside."

AT $299, it exactly matches the price of the 32GB Apple iPhone 4S version, but it’s an LTE phone, has a comparably huge, hi-res display and expandability to Android 4.0 and upcoming, 64MB microSD cards coming down the pike.

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Cloudware and utilities:  Quickoffice, Motocast for streaming (and downloading PC content), the Smart Actions app for optiziming task and energy uses. Like other devices, Motorola’s gone with Webtop as its app for docking with a Lapdock 100 or HD Station.

The Motorola Droid Razr will be available for $299.99 in early November after a new two-year service agreement with Verizon Wireless. You can start to preorder the phone on October 27. CNET has a nice piece here. I’m guessing this isn’t the last look we’ll get at a RAZR today. Google, in its Honeycomb announcement with Samsung in Honk Kong tonight Pacific Time, could sneak a look at an ICS RAZR tonight after its early evening PT 7 p.m. event. GroovyNews will be here for you.

The RAZR is on order Oct. 7 and will arrive as expected November 7.

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