Motorola Razr HD, Razr Maxx HD may launch in October

Leaked images of Motorola Razr HD
It appears Motorola is all set to launch the latest in its smartphone lineup - the Motorola Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD. According to a report by HotHardware, the phones might make their way to store shelves by this October, but no launch date has been revealed yet. 

The Razr HD and the Razr Maxx HD are said to have similar feature sets, except that the latter will feature a bigger battery for longer battery life. This is the case with the currently available Motorola Razr and the Razr Maxx too, with the latter having a 3300 mAh battery, which is much greater compared with the Razr (1780 mAh). The Razr Maxx is consequently quite thicker than the Razr. This leads us to expect that the Razr Maxx HD will have a thicker form factor than the Razr HD.

Some images of the Razr HD have been leaked on the Internet. The leaked shots indicate it’s not as much of a looker as the Razr, but it probably would go on to become Motorola’s new flagship smartphone. Going by the pics, the phone looks quite a lot like the recently launched Motorola Atrix HD.

The report cites sources with knowledge of the matter as stating that the phones will be powered by a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 CPU running at 1.5 GHz and will feature a 720 x 1280 display. The report added that based on images leaked at the XDA forums, the Razr HD and Razr Maxx HD would run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) rather than on Google’s latest iteration of Android, Jelly Bean. 

We believe the new phones should come with Jelly Bean at launch, as that would help Motorola differentiate them significantly from the current Razr phones – apart from the obvious addition of the HD capability and better CPUs - as Motorola recently rolled out Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the smartphones. The ICS update for the Razr and Razr Maxx boasts of many new enhancements such as a new user interface, new lock screen, an improved voice input that displays dictation in real time, a Smartactions app, a new camera app with time-lapse video recording, the improved Ice Cream Sandwich web browser, along with many other features and under-the-hood tweaks. Motorola said the upgrade would also include home screen customisation and navigation changes, as well as modifications in the social networking integration in the devices. Along with the update, Motorola is also providing nine EA games for free.

All the stock Ice Cream Sandwich features also make it into this update for the phone, such as the ability to make folders by dragging an application icon over another, the improved app drawer now called the All Apps screen, and a data counter for 2G and 3G users, among others. The widgets also get updated to be more in sync with the functionality and the blue Tron-esque look of the Ice Cream Sandwich update.

Motorola would really have to spruce up the phones' software offerings if it intends to offer the two as completely new products instead of mere upgrades to the Razr and the Razr Maxx.