CES 2012 roundup: Motorola Droid 4 and Droid RAZR MAAX showcased


    Potential Motorola smartphones for this year include Motorola Droid 4 and Droid RAZR MAAX. Both were showcased at CES 2012

    The Libertyville-based technology manufacturer has announced a number of new smartphones and upgrades for the year. Motorola is currently one of top Android smartphone makers in the world. The company has many high-end phones; it is now to add some more competitive products in coming months. Motorola has also tied up with Intel to produce some phones on its Medfield microprocessors this year. As a whole, the 2012 will be an active year for Motorola. Here we discuss some great products anticipated in the year ahead.

    Droid RAZR MAAX
    RAZR MAAX is a successor to Droid RAZR of last year. The new version of Droid RAZR is a bit slimmer than its predecessor. Despite its thin body, the MAAX features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED crisp and bright display. It has great viewing angles and solid color reproduction capacity. The MAAX is powered by 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 processor and has long battery life thanks to its hulky 3300mAh battery. The new version of RAZR comes with the same super fast 4G LTE, microSD slot and MotoBlur. It will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The device will be available for a price of $300, which is 100 bucks higher than its predecessor.

    Droid 4
    Droid 4 is the latest of Motorola’s flagship smartphone series. The new version of Droid will come with a 4-inch qHD display. The device runs on a 1.2GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Moreover, Droid 4 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera that can capture 1080p Full HD video. It will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Verizon s will sell the 0.5-inches thick LTE Droid 4. The carrier’s sophisticated 4G LTE will make it a perfect smartphone for web browsing, gaming and others. Verizon will shortly start selling the phone.

    Defy Mini
    Defy Mini, also known the XT320, is one of midrange smartphones Motorola announced at CES 2012. The Defy is a phone with a 3.2-inch display and it is a small and lightweight device. The Defy Mini measures in 4.29 x 2.3 x 0.5 inches and weighs at 0.24 pounds. Its capacitive touchscreen offers a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. The device is powered b a single core processor and 512MB of RAM.

    The Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread smartphone has Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth for connectivity. Defy Mini sports 3-megapixel rear camera with single LED and a VGA camera for video calls. The 1650 mAh battery offers 10 hours of battery life. Of course, with the Defy Mini, Motorola aims at the customers, who are unlikely to invest a big amount to get an Android smartphone.

    Motoluxe, also known as XT615, is yet another midrange Android phone from Motorola. The Android 2.3.7 smartphone sports a 4-inch capacitive display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. Motoluxe has the dimensions of 4.63 x 2.38 0.39 inches and weight of just 0.27 pounds. An 800MHz MSM7227A-0 Qualcomm processor, 512MB of RAM and 1GB of internal storage will make the Motoluxe a moderate smartphone. It also features a microSD slot for 32GB of memory expansion.

    However, the new Motorola phone will have an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and single LED. For video calls, the device will sport a 0.3-megapixel VGA camera. For connectivity, the Motoluxe has Wi-FI 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and microUSB.

    Motorola Intel phones
    At CES 2012, Intel’s CEO Paul Otellini along with Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha announced its multi-year deal with the mobile maker for its Medfield chips. Well, Motorola is now to produce some models of smartphones and tablets for Intel’s Medfield atom processors. Mr. Jha said that the company signed in a deal with Intel to manufacture some products with its brand new mobile chips. Certainly, Motorola will be coming up with a set of Intel phones before the end of the year.

    “It is a multi-year, multi-product strategy that will bring both phones and tablets to the (U.S.) marketplace starting with a phone in the second half of 2012,” Dave Whalen on Intel says of its deal with the technology maker.