Motorola launches new 4G Razr smartphones with a little help from Google

By Claire Reilly

After first launching a new iteration of the retro Razr flip phone last year, Motorola has added two new Razr handsets to its smartphone line-up, both utilising Google’s Android operating system. Both the Razr HD and Razr M handsets will be launched exclusively with Telstra, and will utilise Telstra’s 4G network.

At the unveiling in Sydney today, the managing director of Motorola Mobility ANZPI, Timo Brouwer, was talking up Motorola’s relationship with Google (which acquired the mobile phone brand in August last year) and the benefits it would bring to consumers.

“The combination of Google’s passion for innovation in terms of software – in particular the mobile experiences they’re going to bring to market – combined with the way we design phones and the way we make phones, makes for a really interesting partnership,” said Brouwer.

“We’re now focusing on doing fewer things better, we’re making some big bets around the world. These two phones are the first two phones out of this Google/Motorola partnership, and they represent two of those big bets.

“We think the combination of Google and Motorola will start to change the way people use their mobile phones. As part of that effort we are making our software much simpler to use…and we’ve really focused on simplifying the UI. The home screen delivers 95 per cent of the things people look for out of the box. We’ve spent a lot of time trying to get that right.

“We think this is just the beginning for the Motorola and Google partnership”.

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Brouwer emphasised that both the Razr M and the top-of-the-line Razr HD were built upon four pillars: power management (with both models featuring longer battery life); design (including Kevlar backing and minimised bezels); speed (utilising Telstra’s 4G network); and bringing the “best Google experiences” to users with features such as turn-by-turn voice navigation on Google Maps, Google Beam NFC and an Ice Cream Sandwich OS which is set to be updated to Jellybean “by Christmas”.

Both devices feature an 8-megapixel camera with HD video capture, NFC-capability, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a thickness of less than 8.5 millimetres.

Billed as the full screen phone of the pair, the Razr M features an “edge-to-edge” 4.3-inch qHD display (540×960), a 2,000 mAh battery, and 4.5GB available memory (expandable to 32GB).

With a better battery life (2,500 mAh) the Razr HD is spruiked as the “all day” phone, and features a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED HD display (720×1280), 12GB of available memory and a design that makes it “shorter, thinner and narrower” than the HTC 1X and the Samsung Galaxy SIII, according to Brouwer.

The HD will be available in Telstra’s dealer network and online from today – which includes JB Hi-Fi and Fone Zone stores, as well as more than 350 Telstra-owned and licensed shopfronts. It will be available for RRP $720 outright, for $5 per month on the $60 Every Day Connect Plan (for consumers) and $0 per month on the $80 Business Performance Plan (for business customers).

The Razr M will be available from November for $600 outright, for $0 on a $60 plan for consumers and $0 on the $80 business plan.

The Razr HD is the top-of-the-line model in the Motorola line-up.

The Razr M features a 4.3-inch display in a smaller footprint.

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