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By most accounts, the Motorola DROID RAZR is an excellent phone, though battery life is questionable. Which is exactly what makes the RAZR MAXX such a great phone: at 9mm, it's still thin, but packs a battery with 85% more capacity (1780 vs 3300mAh). At the moment, the RAZR MAXX isn't sold in Europe and Middle East, but the company has just announced that will change sometime in May.

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A quick refresher of the specs:

  • Android 2.3.6 (Android 4.0 update reportedly coming tomorrow)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP4430 CPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB built-in storage, 16GB microSD card in the box (32GB of storage total)
  • 4.3" Super AMOLED qHD display
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
  • 8.99mm thin, 4.5oz

No word on what specific day it will go on sale, but we're sure the company will release some details closer to then.

[Source: Motorola]

Full Press Release:

Stay Unplugged for Longer with Motorola RAZR™ MAXX from Motorola Mobility

Up the ante with Motorola RAZR MAXX - giving you the longest talk time of any smartphone1

April 03, 2012

BASINGSTOKE, UK – Apr. 03, 2012 All day, every day - that’s how much you use your smartphone. With its impossibly thin and lightweight design, Motorola RAZR MAXX boasts features with the wow factor and a battery that can handle even the most demanding lifestyle. Customers across Europe and the Middle East will be able to start talking, texting, typing, watching and more for even longer from May 2012.

RAZR MAXX delivers up to 17.6¹ hours of talk time so you won’t spend your day plugged into the wall. However its 1GB RAM combined with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Androidoperating system will ensure you are always entertained, delivering a lightning-fast user interface and the power to multi-task like never before. You can rock your playlists while checking email, breeze through photos – all day, every day, all at the same time.

Still seriously thin at just 8.99mm, RAZR MAXX is the exact opposite of frail. It’s made strong with KEVLAR® fibre, while Corning® Gorilla® Glass defends the hyper-vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display from scratches and scrapes. And every part of the Motorola RAZR MAXX is protected by a splashguard coating, which even extends to the electrical boards inside, ensuring a go anywhere, do everything attitude.

Smart Actions, the remarkably intelligent application exclusive to Motorola Mobility, pushes the limits even further by automating everyday tasks based on triggers like time of day, location, battery levels and more. Never forget to put your phone on silent in meetings, turn up the volume when your boss calls and even maximize your last ounce of power by dimming the display and turning off power hungry services.

Motorola RAZR MAXX also comes preloaded with the Motorola MotoCast app², giving you the power to stream or download content from a home or work computer straight to the device so your docs, pics and music are always available – anytime, anywhere. No uploading to a third party means no wasted time or forgetting to upload that crucial presentation, and everything stays protected, right on your computer.

“RAZR MAXX isn’t changing the rules - it’s creating a whole new game. Building on the RAZR heritage it combines the pinnacle of design with mind-blowing power and an incredible battery life that is perfect for people who want to push their smartphone to the limits,” said Maurizio Angelone, vice president and general manager, mobile devices, EMEA, Motorola Mobility. “Whether you want to watch hours of movies, or don’t want to worry about charging between meetings, this latest smartphone from Motorola redefines boundaries and banishes the low battery beep to history.”

Motorola smartphones offer some of the industry’s most powerful enterprise features available, and Motorola RAZR MAXX is no exception, including government-grade encryption and productivity tools that rival the capabilities of desktop PCs. Collaborate in real time with GoToMeeting® and create and edit files right on your phone with QuickOffice®.

Availability

Motorola RAZR MAXX is expected to be available in select markets in Europe and the Middle East starting from May 2012.

Aaron Gingrich
Aaron is a geek who has always had a passion for technology. When not working or writing, he can be found spending time with his family, playing a game, or watching a movie.

  • Aatif Sumar

    Does this mean it is coming in a GSM version? They didn't mention that in the presser.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

    Not much point of releasing it in Europe as CDMA...not that there aren't CDMA networks, but my understanding is that they are rather rare and not that well built out. All things considered, it's not typically good business to spend time and money releasing a device to such small markets.

    Just to mention it...if they are waiting until May, it seems that HTC will have released the One series and it's possible that the SGS III will be either announced or (sorta unlikely) released by then. I know the RAZR is Moto's flagship right now and it tracks logically to push it, but this doesn't seem like the best timing.

    On a related note, it's been at least 2 1/2 months since we all originally expected Google to acquire Motorola...It wasn't surprising when a couple of countries didn't get on board right away, but what's the holdup now? It's reaching the 'crap or get off the pot' point with this thing.

    • Mark

      Even if the HTC One X/S comes out and/or the Galaxy S III comes out, I don't believe they'll have the battery life of the Razr Maxx. I believe manufacturers need to stop concentrating on making devices thinner and concentrate on great batteries even at the cost of a mm or 2. The RAZR MAXX's battery life really is incredible; combine that with good specs that can play anything on the market (excuse me, "Play Store") today and even tomorrow and it's a great phone. I myself am a geek and will love the specs of the SGSIII and the One X/S specs rock but I almost wonder if it's worth a couple hundred "extra" megahertz that no software currently requires if it means I get 6-8 hours more battery life.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

        Better screens on the One X/S and obviously the SGS III will have a rockstar screen. I agree that most people aren't going to specifically care about more powerful internals, but anybody who is familiar at all with the products is at least going to lean towards those that are over 6 months more recent (considering the Droid RAZR came out in October). We also don't know anything about the SGS III battery yet, but while it probably won't be shipping a 3300 mAH if it has somewhere in the ballpark of 2500 mAH it would be suitable for the vast majority of people (especially since so many people complain that moto phones seem to be less energy efficient).

        I'm not saying nobody will buy it or that it isn't a good phone, I'm just drawing the point that it's a bit late to just be releasing the big battery version of this phone. It makes a bit more sense for Moto to wait a little longer and push out their next flagship...or are we looking forward to another situation like the Bionic? :)

  • Ahmad Nadeem

    It's a nice move from Motorola...... in my opinion quad-cores are currently a novelty just like the dual-cores were when the started coming in phones..... it will give a stiff competition to the HTC One S...

    • Mark

      Not sure about the novelty thing but my understanding is that quad cores actually consume less power as well. Especially the tegra3 which has its companion core. I think quad cores use less power than dual cores and have more computing capability, so it seems like a win-win.

      • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com Cody Toombs

        Depends on architecture...the only Quad-core on the market (unless I missed something) is the Tegra 3, and it's definitely very efficient when idling (or near idle). Usage pattern affects which will be better ultimately. Until there's more quads on the market, we won't even get to generalize very effectively.

        There also aren't many quad-core phones coming...I think I've only heard of 2 or 3 announced (and the US versions will all be dual-core Snapdragon S4's to support LTE). I'm increasingly curious if Samsung will make the jump to quad or if they will hold out a bit longer with dual-core. All things considered, Motorola was one of the first to jump to dual-core, I'm a little surprised they haven't made a big nod to a quad-core device yet (or did I miss an announcement?).

  • z0mghii

    Don't even bother, Motorola phones have been crap with signal issues since the Bionic.