Verizon Motorola Droid 4

The Motorola Droid 4 will be available on Verizon starting Feb. 10. It'll run $199 with a two-year contract.

The Droid 4, as you'll recall from our hands-on at CES, brings along the Droid RAZR MAXX design and throws in a redesigned five-row keyboard for good measure. They keys are "laser cut" (for what that's worth), and Motorola's backlit them, which is a nice touch. They've got a nice feel to them and are well-spaced. Pair that with all the tweaks Motorola has added to Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread (the phone has been promised an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich) and throw in 4G LTE data (it's the first in the original Droid line to have LTE), and you've got the makings of what should be a popular device among the business set thanks to some government-grade encryption, and it's got Citrix preloaded as well.

Other specs of note include a 4-inch qHD display and 8-megapixel rear camera. One thing to remember is that the Droid 4 has a 1785 mAh battery -- but like the original Droid RAZR, you can't remove it. Place your bets now on whether we see a Droid 4 MAXX with a monster battery in the coming weeks. (We kid, we kid. Maybe.)

We've got Verizon's complete presser after the break.


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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The award winning DROID 4 by Motorola will be available to handle even the most demanding lifestyles starting Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.  Introduced at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the DROID 4 is the thinnest and most powerful 4G QWERTY smartphone measuring at less than half an inch thin.  DROID 4 not only features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark.  Powered by America's fastest, most reliable 4G network, DROID 4 customers will have access to 4G LTE coverage in 195 markets covering more than 200 million people.

Additional features

  • Verizon Wireless 4G LTE – Customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • 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
  • 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
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Business Ready

DROID 4 is designed to help customers get more done.  Business professionals can impress their audience by presenting to a conference room full of potential customers in a snap by plugging the DROID 4 into an HDTV and presenting directly from the phone.  Professionals can also combine the DROID 4 with the Lapdock 500 and its 14-inch display to create a full-featured mobile office.  They can download documents, make edits using Lapdock's full keyboard and email the updated documents to colleagues or customers.  The Lapdock even features a built-in webcam so customers can attend virtual meetings and manage their business face-to-face.

The Smart Actions app on the DROID 4 helps automate everyday tasks and optimizes battery efficiency by letting customers create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level.

Business professionals can leave their laptops behind and use the MotoCast™ app to remotely stream documents, videos, music and pictures from their work or home computers to their handset.  The remote access of MotoCast eliminates the need to store documents on the handset as everything is stored on their office laptop.

Pricing and availability

DROID 4 by Motorola will be available on Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
The Lapdock 500 is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $299.97.
Customers that purchase a DROID 4 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

 
There are 16 comments

BBSeattle says:

Considering the epic fail of the Razr's battery life, I am guessing that a Droid4 Maxx will be seen in short order.

Lol I never really thought of that... But you may be right.. I personally don't care much for KBs... but the phone looks nice.

Robbzilla says:

The one thing I miss from my old Epic is the KB actually....

what size is the battery in this beast? it looks like the droid razr with a keyboard....

1785. Non-removable.

KrsWon says:

I was confident this was the 4G slider I was saving for my upgrade. But, the RAZR MAXX looks so tempting, especially with BOGO.

Now I not sure... IS THIS THE DROID I'VE BEEN LOOKING FOR?

bbond says:

Does anyone know if it has NFC?

hmmm says:

Wow, it isn't $299 and Verizon has brought back the double data once again. They must be feeling the heat from someone, hopefully Sprint.

raremage says:

Tempting. So very tempting. I should probably wait until there's some airplay on battery life and any other issues that come up regarding this device, but I'll probably wind up grabbing the first one I see at my local VZW store unless it absolutely sucks in person.

I think I need to barricade myself in the house for the next few days so I don't inadvertently buy one. Without Internet access to avoid placing an errant order.

BBSeattle says:

Don't get me wrong, I really like most everything about the phone.
Unfortunately I know of 2 people that bought the Razr and they were appalled with the battery life. One traded up for a Maxx and the other reactivated his Bionic (he was past the return period).

Love the form factor, 4G, dual core, screen, KB, etc.....
I wouldn't bet my life on it but have a gut feeling that a Maxx version will be made available. That would be a heck of a phone and on the shopping list.

chefkeyser says:

I see no reason to upgrade from my 3.

lsmunoz says:

I am hoping that the D4Maxx (if it comes out) comes out before my upgrade, otherwise I may jump on this one.

Hand_O_Death says:

I say we start a pool on when the D4Maxx will be released...

I am saying Feb 28th

bigdav1178 says:

Too soon... I'm going with sometime in April.

DrifterX7 says:

Will this be one of Verizon's global phones as well? The Droid 2 & 3 are and I need one that can roam globally.

cassidyjames says:

"This app is incompatible with all of your devices."

Nexus S and HP TouchPad, both with Android 4.0.

Edit: What the heck? I posted this on a different article... :-/