Photos: Moto Gets Skinny With 4G RAZR
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha was at the Midtown event to unveil what he called the "thinnest smartphone ever," which will run over the Verizon Wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. It will cost $299 and be available in November.
As you can see from the slide show below, the 7.1-mm-wide RAZR is a phone in need of a sandwich or two:
Key specs The Android-powered RAZR sports a 4.3-inch super-AMOLED display with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of onboard memory. It weighs in at just 27 grams.
The network Verizon Wireless CMO Marni Walden turned up to tell us that what network the RAZR runs on "really matters." In this case, the phone connects via LTE, when in range, or defaults to Verizon's 3G CDMA network.
Walden says that Verizon will have LTE in 178 markets by year's end. "That's over the half the population," she said, claiming that rivals will take three years or more catch up.
MyCloud Software and ease-of-use will particularly matter if the RAZR is to take on the iPhone 4S. To that end, Jha showed off the MotoCast "personal cloud," which uses a PC as the hub to sync content among the phone, tablets and other devices.
"All of our content will be in the cloud at some point, but today only about 15 percent of us store content in the cloud," Jha claimed. [Ed note: I'd be shocked if it was that many.]
It should be noted that Jha had some trouble with the live demo. The PC went offline a couple of times, messing up the synchronization.
Phone yourself fitter Motorola psyched out the crowd somewhat by spending about 20 minutes introducing its MotoACTV fitness-focused wristphone before it even got to the new RAZR. The ACTV, which starts at $249, combines a heart-rate monitor -- in the wireless headphones -- with an MP3 player and a phone. It even knows to prioritize songs that you work out harder to when you need to feel the burn, bro.
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