Motorola Droid 4

Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know that the Motorola Droid 4 is coming to Verizon. And now it's official. But just like yesterday, and the day before that, we still don't actually know when it's coming. Or how much it'll cost. 

What we do have are specs:

  • 4-inch display at qHD resolution
  • Launches with Android 2.3.5, will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 16GB of storage
  • 4G LTE mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

Full presser's after the break

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Unveil Thinnest and Most Powerful 4G LTE QWERTY Smartphone: DROID 4 by Motorola

Raw Power and Innovative Design Empower Customers to Take Care of Business Like Never Before

LAS VEGAS and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless introduced the new DROID 4 by Motorola, the thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone offering the power and capabilities to handle even the most demanding lifestyles.  Verizon Wireless leads the way in 4G with the fastest and most reliable 4G network in the United States, covering more than 200 million people in 190 markets.  The DROID 4 will be in the Verizon booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, Booth #30259) as well as in the Motorola booth (Las Vegas Convention Center, Central Hall, Booth #8644).

DROID 4 is deceivingly slim at half an inch thin – packing not only a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark.  It's Business Ready with government-grade encryption to keep data secure.  It features software tools such as MotoCast™ for remote access to music, pictures and videos on home or work computers, Smart Actions application to automate everyday tasks and the revolutionary webtop application for a multi-window environment with full Firefox® browser on a larger screen to boost productivity while on the road.  An 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture and Mirror Mode to display images and video on an HDTV, give DROID 4 users even more flexibility while at work or for play.  DROID 4 delivers expected speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps within 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas for blazing fast Web browsing, video streaming and online collaboration.

A full suite of accessory options extends the power of DROID 4 and allows consumers to work however they work best.  Accessories compatible with DROID 4 include the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with built-in webcam and Ethernet connection, HD Dock, HD Station and vehicle navigation mount.

Additional features

  • Powered by Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass
  • MotoCast for remote streaming of photos, videos, music, documents, presentations and more from home or office computers
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Water-repellent nanocoating for splash resistance
  • 16 GB on-board memory (actual formatted capacity is less); Support for up to 32 GB microSD™ card
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

The DROID 4 by Motorola will be available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at in the coming weeks.

There are 25 comments

mjforte says:

Who would have thought after a little more than 2 years they'd already have the 4th rendition of the Droid? It's a shame it's nothing like the OG though...

NorCalStorm says:

Thats crazy. Contracts should be only 6 months long on carriers. This is proof why. 4 different versions in 2 years.

icebike says:

Wait, isn't this the same phone that was leaked here on AC as a razr with a keyboard?

moosc says:

It is the razr but 4inches with sliding keyboard and removable back cover with key

eahinrichsen says:

That sounds pretty darn good to me.

icu says:

You mean the Android Central 2011 Pick for Phone of the Year? Hell yeah it does!! Yeah it does if the KB isi Merge-worthy and you can remove the battery sounds nice.

tkong says:

And speaking of the Razr, did anyone guess its successor would be out in less than 2 months of its release??

mustangboy88 says:

Can't wait to get my hands on this in October after they scrap the phone and rebuild it from ground up.

TheBigFerret says:

Where's the Moto Mayan, the last phone you'll ever need or sumptin'... tss tst

Acroanidd says:

I never reply to posts, but nothing like a Chip post on an Android board to make me laugh.

Kmcferrin says:

Wow, FIPS 140-2! That sounds really impressive, unless you're familiar with FIPS 140-2, in which case you know that the moniker is meaningless unless you specify which "level" of FIPS 140-2 compliance you have achieved. On the low end it could mean simply that all components must be "production graded" and have no obvious or egregious security holes. Or it could mean that it's far more secure than that.

Stupid buzzword-mania.

joshua.worth says:

Lmao they're gonna have ICS on the Razr early Q1 but this is coming out with Gingerbread? Moto your full of shit!

icebike says:


Davest says:

You've used a period, but you haven't written a full sentence.

kelton says:

Well, he used a contraction.... if it was "You are.", Wouldn't that be a sentence? Kinda like, "You exist."

Davest says:

Ok, got me. The point was, the only thing more annoying than the poor grammar that's everywhere on the internet is the people who go around correcting everyone. They need to realize that their ability to correct someone's grammar doesn't make up for their...ahem...other shortcomings.

orlanka says:

I'm gonna wait on this and get the Droid 8 for Christmas.

mustangboy88 says:

Or wait 2 months and get the Droid 4 MAXX.

tkong says:

two thumbs way up for that one :o)

RoninX says:

Samsung announced THREE new slab phones TODAY, and people are complaining that Moto has launched one flagship QWERTY phone six months after the last flagship QWERTY phone? Really?

Suntan says:


I've said it before, but coming from a Pre+ before geting a Droid 3, trust me. You do *not* want the major android developers to only release one or two phones every couple of years.


Timelessblur says:

I wish I could be happy over this but to me this just tells us more that will not be supported with updates.

I wish there would be something about updating phones to ICS and not the BS that they normally say "Phone can not handle it and what not"

RoninX says:

This bullet point seems pretty clear:

Powered by Android™ 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

andyclap says:

Just remember the Milestone:
- "Flash Ready" in the launch press release November 2009.
- Flash Ready in the android 2.2 release, March 2011.

dubge says:

Google should put a clause in the agreements that manufacturers can not release x amount of phones if phones released in the past x amount of months are not updated to current os or at least updated to address bugs.

Any phones released in January must be updated to ics by a specific date or they can not release any phone again until they are. Force manufacturers to get going on updates.