Motorola Mobility is expected to introduce its first Android 4 mobile phone tomorrow, at a Sept. 5 press conference in New York with Verizon Wireless. Motorola’s new phone is expected to feature an edge-to-edge screen, says Bloomberg.
Motorola may announce a Qualcomm Snapdragon based smartphone, the Razr HD. It is expected to come with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Display, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor to power it all, with LTE support.
A variation of the Razr HD may run on China Mobile’s 3g (TD-SCDMA) system, but whether it will run on their new TD-LTE system (at 2.6 GHz) may be the most interesting aspect, since it may have implications for Clearwire’s TD-LTE network in the United States as well as developing TD-LTE networks in India and other countries.
The phone would be the most high-profile product debut for Motorola Mobility since the company was purchased by Google for about $12.5 billion in May.
Motorola will also be holding an event on September 18th in London, reportedly to announce a new line of Intel-based phones. While details on this launch are sparse to date, the location may be indicative of a focus on Europe and other countries outside of the US. The current Atom Z2460 “Medfield” is running a single core, but Intel has a higher end dual core Z2580 (with LTE or 4G capability) that will be available in the first half of 2013.
Motorola Mobility is counting on new features to help stand out from an increasingly crowded smartphone field. Apple is preparing to introduce a redesigned iPhone on Sept. 12, while Nokia will unveil its first phones running Microsoft Corp.’s Windows 8 on Sept. 5, the same day as Nokia.
Google, based in Mountain View, California, acquired Motorola Mobility to shore up its intellectual property and support its Android operating system.
At the big IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin last week, Sony, Samsung, LG, HTC, Huawei, and others, got a jump on things last week with announcements of new tablets and phones. Amazon.com plans an advertising-supported tablet that will be priced lower than similar models, according to the WS Journal. Amazon on Thursday is holding a media event in Santa Monica, where it is expected to introduce a new version of its Kindle Fire tablet.
The new Apple iPhone is expected to be announced next week, so most manufacturers are getting their devices out now. Apple on Tuesday sent out invites for the San Francisco event on September 12, 2012.