Motorola’s original ultrathin and popular Razr is back. This time around, it drops the flip-phone design in favor of a standard-issue multitouch smartphone. But the phone does hark back to its predecessor look with an "impossibly thin" shell with a stainless-steel core, a Gorilla Glass screen and a nanotechnology splash-guard that protects even the electrical boards inside.
At only 7.1 millimeters thick, it the world's thinnest smartphone, Motorola Mobility president Sanjay Jha declared at a news conference. Not only is it thinner than other 3G phones, it will run on Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE network. In other countries, the phone will be called the Motorola Razr; details on international carriers and network compatibility will come soon.
The 4.3-inch screen has HD resolution Super AMOLED that produces sharper images, better contrast and richer colors than the iPhone 4S. The Razr will pack a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and will be "first device to download HD movies from Netflix."
The phone also comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera capable of 1080p HD video, GB RAM, 16GB of onboard storage and an additional 16GB on the microSD card.
Users will also support a web-top interface that will allow for the connection of one of Motorola’as lapdocks for a laptoplike computing experience.
The Razr also has MotoCast, a proprietary syncing system that Motorola is calling the phone's most important feature.
"You can stream content from your computer straight to your pocket (or purse) so your personal content is always within reach," according to a Motorola news release. It’s similar to cloud computing – except that all of a user's phone’s media (music, pictures, videos, documents) are downloaded in real time from a computer that’s own in the user's house, instead of some remote servers from Apple or Amazon.
The Razr is set to hit Verizon stores October 27 for $299.99 with a two-year contract.