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The rollercoaster ride that has been the Droid 4 release timeline is finally coming to an end. We first heard that this device would be released back in December, but Moto/VZW halted it for some reason, so we've since been waiting. Release date rumors have come and gone, but we caught wind of the 2/10 date about a week ago, and it turns out that it was spot on.

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The D4 was announced at last month's CES conference, but if you need a spec refresher, here it is:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich upgradable)
  • 4-Inch "scratch-and-scrape resistant" display
  • 16GB internal memory, Up To 32 GB microSD card supported
  • Full five-row QWERTY 
  • 8MP rear shooter with 1080p HD Video Capture
  • 4G LTE Capable

The D4 will be available in Verizon stores and online beginning on 2/10 for $199.99 with two-year agreement. Anyone plan on picking this bad boy up?

DROID 4 BY MOTOROLA READY TO WORK AND PLAY ON THE VERIZON WIRELESS 4G LTE NETWORK

Power, Speed and Reliability Get the Job Done

BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – The award winning DROID 4 by Motorola will be available to handle even the most demanding lifestyles starting Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com.  Introduced at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the DROID 4 is the thinnest and most powerful 4G QWERTY smartphone measuring at less than half an inch thin.   DROID 4 not only features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, but also a five-row QWERTY keyboard with a PC-like layout and edge-lit keys for fast, precise typing, even in the dark.  Powered by America’s fastest, most reliable 4G network, DROID 4 customers will have access to 4G LTE coverage in 195 markets covering more than 200 million people.

Additional features

  • Verizon Wireless 4G LTE – Customers can expect fast download speeds of 5 to 12 megabits per second (Mbps) and upload speeds of 2 to 5 Mbps in 4G LTE Mobile Broadband coverage areas
  • Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass
  • Government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access
  • 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture
  • Front-facing camera for video chat
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices

Business Ready

DROID 4 is designed to help customers get more done.  Business professionals can impress their audience by presenting to a conference room full of potential customers in a snap by plugging the DROID 4 into an HDTV and presenting directly from the phone.  Professionals can also combine the DROID 4 with the Lapdock 500 and its 14-inch display to create a full-featured mobile office.  They can download documents, make edits using Lapdock’s full keyboard and email the updated documents to colleagues or customers.  The Lapdock even features a built-in webcam so customers can attend virtual meetings and manage their business face-to-face.

The Smart Actions app on the DROID 4 helps automate everyday tasks and optimizes battery efficiency by letting customers create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level.

Business professionals can leave their laptops behind and use the MotoCast app to remotely stream documents, videos, music and pictures from their work or home computers to their handset.  The remote access of MotoCast eliminates the need to store documents on the handset as everything is stored on their office laptop.

Pricing and availability

· DROID 4 by Motorola will be available on Feb. 10 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at www.verizonwireless.com for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

· The Lapdock 500 is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online for $299.97.

· Customers that purchase a DROID 4 will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan beginning at $39.99 monthly access and a smartphone data package starting at $30 monthly access for 2 GB of data.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com. Follow @VZWnews on Twitter for the latest news on Verizon Wireless.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://funky-penguin.com Vincent

    Why does it not have ICS at release?

  • David cooper

    Definitely getting it, been waiting for a good replacement for droid 1 for a while now.

  • http://robert.aitchison.org Robert Aitchison

    Eh, it has BLUR and no doubt a locked bootloader but I'll admit I'm impressed with the full keyboard.

  • James

    (Not directed at you Robert, just a frustration in general)

    What is everyone's issue with Blur or what ever skin a phone has when everyone should be running Go Launcher anyway?

    For christ sake, its not hard to install a better shell, and no shell is as good as what's available out there in the market, ADW or Go Launcher anyway. I didn't like ADW personally.. but that's the great thing about Android... customization and choice... if your phone sucks it's your own fault!!!

    Reading reviews that make that a sticking point in a phone drives me nuts it should have absolutely no bearing on a review. And because it is, then everyone thinks a phone is bad for having X shell/skin over it and passes up a great hardware platform to work with.

    I can't help but think does anyone know about Go Launcher? It's my first install on any phone.

    • aimsworth

      @James, depending on the shell certain core functionality just won't work with the phone. Most notoriously with HTC sense and its incomplete Bluetooth stack, which won't allow Bluetooth keyboards/controllers and many car syncs to just not work. It's a valid complaint and isn't limited to just the visual interface.

      • James

        OK my bad, I didn't realize that was limited by the shell I thought such limitations were independent of the shell, and just rooting it could fix it.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    You know, seeing the release of the Droid 4 and the Droid RAZR MAXX, I found it hard to believe in anything Motorola says in the future. Didn't they once promise they will be releasing ICS devices 6 weeks after ICS went final. 6 weeks has long been passed.

  • DroidBurgundy

    Who cares if it has Blur... WILL THIS BOOTLOADER REMAIN LOCKED LIKE THE DROID 2/3 was? If this baby gets the freedom like the OGD got than this phone is the Droid I have been looking for. I would much rather have a fully capable qwerty phone than a Galaxy Nexus. If the bootloader is unlocked it will receive updates from dev community rather than Motorola anyways, lets be honest you can't honestly expect OEM support anyways.

    Other important things, will the battery be removable? And WTF why doesn't this have the same screen as the RAZR does, its the pentile like the Droid3? :(

  • adam

    Beside the the 4g radio and 1gb of ram this phone is basicly droid 3 or bionic/razr