Motorola Droid Razr HD pictures and hands-on

Motorola has announced a new version of the Razr on Wednesday in New York City and Pocket-lint was on hand to grab a play.

The new phone comes with a 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD incredibly crisp and sharp screen, but that's not the big news. The big news here is that Motorola, now owned by Google, has managed to put a larger screen in a device that is the same size as the previous Motorola Razr - even though that screen was smaller and didn't have as good a resolution. Impressive.

But that's not the only trick the Motorola Droid Razr HD has. The back is made up of very smooth Kevlar, that not only gives it protection, but will also make you want to keep stroking it. We certainly did. 

While the angular top and bottom on the front isn't going to be for everyone - it's actually quite manly - the thinness of the design, under 9mm, still manages to let it promise a battery life of around 24 hours. And that's before you've even started looking at the specs inside. 

Underneath that shell is a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. 

While the phone's specs suggest that it's a powerful beast - and there is also a developer mode that lets you mess around with it even further - there is still plenty for the consumer just looking for something that allows you to access those fast Verizon 4G speeds. 

The build we played with was running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, however Motorola has already promised an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Even so, the company has done some tinkering on top of the vanilla Android experience you would get on the Galaxy Nexus. 

First, and a rather helpful one, is the move to let you swipe left to reveal the settings. Then there is the top watch, weather, and battery widget that gives you the core information you need, as well as a help app that guides you through set tasks as if they were quests in a Dungeons and Dragons game. If that's still failed to impress, the Chrome browser is installed as standard.

So why might you want to get a Motorola Droid Razr HD? From our first impressions and admittedly limited time with the device, the key focus here is going to be the display, it really is that pretty. Then you'll want the fast 4G connectivity, and then to top it all off the claimed 24-hour battery life (with mixed usage according to Motorola) that should mean that you won't run out of juice just as you need to order that last taxi home. 



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