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.
- 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.
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