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Motorola today announced their new line of Razr Android smartphones, the Droid Razr HD (with a 4.7 inch display) and Droid Razr Maxx HD and Droid Razr M. All available on Verizon Wireless. This was something of a Verizon party, since these phones only play on Verizon’s LTE service. Motorola’s PHOTON Q 4G LTE runs on Sprint’s LTE network, and was announced previously. Motorola is expected to make another announcement later this month with Intel.

Nokia, just hours earlier, had announced their Lumina 920 and Lumina 820. Their Windows Phone 8 smartphones also use a Snapdragon S4 processor from Qualcomm, the same processor that Motorola is apparently using on their new phones.

The Android base is now close to 500 million phones – 480 million as of today – making it the biggest player in smartphones world-wide. Samsung’s latest, the Galaxy S III, with a 4.8 in screen, is currently selling like mad, notes TechCrunch.

Motorola’s new smartphones run Android 4, but Jelly Bean (Android 4.1), is an upgrade option. They all feature Google’s Chrome browser, Google Play, Google Maps and can use Verizon’s LTE (but not AT&T’s).

Droid Razr M:

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean)
  • Dual-core 1.5GHz processor
  • 4.3-inch high resolution display. Almost no borders.
  • 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage.
  • 2,000mAh battery
  • 8MP, VGA P2P Video, Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED flash
  • 40 percent more screen area than iPhone 4S.
  • Available for $99 dollars next week. Pre-order starts today.

Droid Razr HD:

  • Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core
  • 4.7” 720p Super AMOLED HD Display
  • 8 MP back camera, 1.3 MP P2P Video, 8x Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED Flash
  • 1080p HD Video, MPEG4, H.264
  • 1GB RAM x 16GB ROM , 12GB user available memory, expandable with optional microSD card
  • 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, HDMI, DLNA, NFC
  • 2530mAh battery

Droid Razr HD Maxx:

  • Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich (upgradeable to Jelly Bean)
  • 1.5 GHz dual-core
  • 4.7” 720p Super AMOLED HD Display
  • 3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, HDMI, DLNA, NFC
  • 8 MP, 1.3 MP P2P Video, 8x Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, LED Flash
  • Extended battery with up to 32 hours of performance (3300mAh).

The three phones only support Verizon’s LTE band, something of a disappointment given the apparent spectrum and technology flexibility of the Qualcomm S4 processor. Perhaps AT&T or Sprint support will come later. The Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD will be available “before the holidays.” No pricing yet.

The previously announced Photon Q from Motorola features a 5-row QWERTY keyboard, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 4.3 inch ColorBoost display, 1 GB RAM, 3G/4G LTE support, world-wide GSM roaming, and an 8 MP camera. The qHD 540×960 display, 8 GB internal storage, and 1 GB RAM are less than recent flagship devices like the Galaxy S III, but it’s available now at Sprint for $200.

Motorola says the RAZR HD supports the CDMA 800 1900, LTE B13 (Verizon’s LTE, not AT&T’s), WCDMA 850 900 1900 2100, GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 EVDO Rev. A, HSDPA 21.1 Mbps (Cat 14), HSUPA 5.76 Mbps. That implies compatibility with Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile, but not AT&T’s FD-LTE or Clear’s TD-LTE (at 2.6 GHz).

Qualcomm’s MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset consists of a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. But the MSM 8960 Chipset supports all manner of telecom standards and may tacitly imply eventual support for China Mobile’s TD-SCDMA (3G) and TD-LTE (4G) standards as well. Qualcomm’s MDM9615 and MDM9215 “Gobi” LTE modems deliver LTE connectivity on FDD and TDD networks worldwide, with backwards compatibility to both HSPA+ and EV-DO networks.

China is expected to be 2012’s largest smartphone market, thanks to falling prices of lower-end Android phones, like the HTC One S, Huawei Ascend P1, ZTE Grand X and Lenovo’s S899t, says IDC. China already has more than 1 billion mobile subscribers.

Qualcomm contracted with foundry United Microelectronics and Samsung to make more of its 28-nm chips, which has become derigeur in LTE-enabled smartphones. The Galaxy S III, for example, is powered by a Qualcomm S4 chip in the US, since Samsung’s Exynos chipsets don’t offer LTE.

Apple might produce a true “world phone” that runs LTE anywhere – especially in China – combining their processor with Qualcomm’s MDM 9615 modem. Motorola might team with Qualcomm — for precisely the same reasons — Android-powered, LTE-enabled, smartphones and tablets.

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