Google’s Android Wear Features and Device Availability

Google made an initial announcement about their Android Wear platform a couple of months back. Well today, they’ve sent a lot more information about the platform our way.

Google Wear Features

Wear will support square and round screens, and will have low power always-on screens which will transform to a full color display when your hand is raised. These devices will have a selection of watch faces which you can select and use – I’m sure we’ll be able to download more watch faces to customize the watch once developers start churning them out.

Google Wear also pulls notifications from the phone and displays it on the watch screen. The UI for these are in line with the Material Design which was also announced today with Android L. You should be able to swipe up and down through notifications and swipe them off screen to dismiss them. What’s great is that dismissing a notification on the watch also dismisses them on your phone. You can also reject calls from the Google Wear Watch with pre-canned messages.

Wear devices will also be able to respond to voice commands to search, set reminders and more. The Google Wear devices come with sensors for activity tracking for your favorite health and activity tracking apps to tap into.

Yet another feature of Google Wear devices is the ability to navigate through Android TV interfaces straight from the watch using swipe gestures. While there are no Android TV devices on sale yet, they’re expected towards the end of the year.

Google Wear Devices

LG G Watch Powered by Android Wear
The LG G watch will come with a 400mAH battery, and like the two other devices announced today, will be dust and waterproof. Not much details have come out regarding the Samsung Gear Live, but it looks like it’ll be a similar spec device like the Samsung Gear 2. The only difference being that the Gear Live should be able to pair with most Android phones (running 4.3 and above), unlike the Gear 2 which works only with a handful of Samsung phones.

The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live should go on sale on Google Play Store in the next few hours. The much awaited Moto 360, unfortunately, won’t go on sale today. The wait for this drool worthy device will continue for the next two months.

Motorola’s Moto E Launched in India at Rs. 6999

After all the leaks and the teasing the Moto E is finally Official. The phone was launched in India in partnership with Flipkart at a price of Rs 6,999.

The Moto E is a direct competitor to the Nokia X and comes packed with a 4.3″ screen with a qHD display (540 x 960 pixels) and a pixel density of 256 ppi. The phone measures 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.33 mm in dimensions and weighs 140g. Powering the phone is a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor with Adreno 302 GPU. Memory includes a 1 GB RAM and 4 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB through a micro SD card.

moto e front and back

On the Camera front, the Moto E features a 5 MP rear camera with touch focus, without autofocus unfortunately, and 480p capture at 30fps. Unfortunately there is no flash nor a front facing camera. The phone runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat out of the box and a 1980mAh Li-On battery holds the charge.

moto e colors

The phone comes in White,  Black, Turquoise and Lemon color options. Flipkart is offering 50% on Moto E Covers and 50% off on 8GB Transcend Memory Card and Rs. 1000 worth preselected eBooks only for today. Head over To Flipkart if you can’t wait to get your hands on the Moto E.

Moto E Specifications

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Processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 200 with 1.2GHz dual-core A7 CPU Adreno 302 400MHz single-core GPU
Display, 4.3 inches 540 x 960 qHD with a pixel density of 256ppi
OS, Android Kitkat 4.4
Dimensions, 124.8 x 64.8 x 12.3mm weighing 142 grams
Camera, 5 Megapixel rear camera capable of recording video at a resolution of 854×480 at 30 fps
Battery, Built in 1980mAh battery capable of 24 hours mixed usage
Connectivity, “Bluetooth 4.0 LE, WiFi – 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz, 3G network Connectivity, MicroUSB with USB 2.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, FM Radio, GPS – Glosnas”
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Moto G: A Few Months Later

The first phone that Motorola Mobility had launched as a Google company, the Moto X, proved that you don’t need top end specs to provide a good user experience. It didn’t have the latest processor, highest resolution screen and the features it did add, for the most part, were lauded by reviewers all over. The limited availability (it was US and Canada only for the first 6 months and only recently launched in Europe) and relatively high launch price aside, it proved that for a phone, it’s the whole, integrated package that counts. The second Motorola phone under Google ownership though, aimed for the stars, by going low. By all accounts, it’s been one of the best sellers that Motorola has ever created. We’re talking about the Moto G of course. Now, just as with the Note 3 review, this is a write-up of how the phone has been after months of usage.

The Specs:

  • Display: 4.5” 720p IPS LCD
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Memory: 8/16 GB (No Micro SD slot), 1 GB RAM
  • Imaging: 5 MP Rear Camera, 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera, 720p Video Recording + Slow motion recording
  • Battery: 2070 mAh, Non Removable
  • Connectivity: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100. Single & Dual SIM Variants (available in different regions), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB 2.0
  • OS: Android 4.4.2 (came with Android 4.3 and was updated)

Before we continue, we’re talking about the single SIM variant. There might be small differences in the dual SIM variant (especially related to Battery Life, etc)

What’s in the box:

The Box contents vary by country. For some reason, certain countries do not receive a charger in the box, some countries do not get a headphone in the box, while others get everything. The Moto G sold in France comes with a charger and a pair of headphones, which unfortunately are not the in-ear type. I have not used the provided headphones so I have no idea as to the quality, but I’m sure it is more than passable for recreational uses and most people will use another headset in any case.

Moto-G-What's-in-the-Box

How does it stack up to other devices:

The Moto G is actually a little taller and thicker than the Moto X, but it still feels perfectly sized in the hand, and the dimple at the back somehow feels just right. Here are some comparisons to the Oppo N1, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, Nexus 5 and the Moto G on the far right.

MotoG-Size-Comparision-With-Oppo-N1-Note-3-and-Nexus-5

The Good:

The thing that everyone will say about the Moto G is that it is astonishingly good value for the price. It retails for €169 for the 8GB variant and €199 for the 16 GB variant across Europe. In India, the Dual SIM variant retails for ₹12500 for the 8 GB and ₹14000 for the 16 GB. Unlike most of the other phones in that price range though, you get solid build quality and a phone that is actually usable. In normal usage, it actually feels as smooth as most flagship phones, although switching between apps, etc, is a tad bit slower. Having said that, most of the Mediatek powered phones just aren’t in the same league.

Battery Life: This is one of the standout points of the Moto G. On standby, it’s a battery sipper. It almost flatlines over long periods if left aside. In use, while listening to podcasts, walking around shooting some photos and videos, with auto brightness on, the phone lasted about 12 hours, which is really good. Check out some of the battery life screenshots below, which were on low to moderate use.

Moto-G-Battery-Stats

The “Skin” (or lack thereof): The Moto G follows in the Moto X’s footsteps. It’s more or less what most people call “Stock Android”, with some minor Motorola additions. Unlike the Moto X though, you don’t get the active display for notifications (it doesn’t make sense to have that on a LCD screen anyway) or the always listening feature (which is hardware dependent). You do get Motorola Assist, which lets you do certain actions using preset rules: turn the phone to silent mode if there are meetings on your calendar, do not disturb at night, etc. You also get the Motorola Camera app, which is way better than the stock android camera app (that’s one of the areas in which stock android is really, really, really, really, really pathetic). Motorola has also dissociated sections of the OS and has made those parts available via the play store, so they can be updated without requiring a full firmware update. The Gallery, the boot sequence, Assist, the camera app has all been getting updates with improvements and added features.

The Camera App: It’s very simplistic. You tap on the screen to focus and shoot, tap on the little camcorder button to record video. Swipe from the left to access a scrollable wheel of the settings, which include tap to set focus and exposure, slow motion video, Auto HDR (which I do not recommend), Panorama, and more. Swipe from the right to access the gallery. Simple, easy and well implemented. Check some of the sample photos below, along with a slow motion recording.

Photo Samples:

If you can’t view the Flickr Gallery here, you can check this Flikr set for the photos taken with the Moto G.

The Bad:

After months of usage, there are really just two things that bugs me and one of them is the camera. Sure, for the price and considering all the other bits (the performance and the build, etc), there had to be some corners cut. It’s not the low resolution that’s the issue, but the actual quality of the images taken. The auto HDR mode somehow never seems to work properly, so you’re better off toggling the HDR setting manually. Colours are muted, details are so-so. The camera has gotten better with various updates, but it’s got a long way to go.

The other issue is the lack of LTE support. A very minor quibble, considering that it’s a budget phone, with majority of it’s sales in non- LTE markets (and the fact that the SOC doesn’t have LTE support currently).

Final Thoughts:

So, after using the Moto G for a while, it’s really hard NOT to recommend this phone, be it as a backup device or as a phone for a person who doesn’t have really have high expectations when it comes to performance or the camera. It has brilliant battery life, solid build quality and a really good screen for the price. Would I still recommend it now? Absolutely. And I am really looking forward to what Motorola can do with the next iteration of the Moto G that might probably come out later in the year.

Android Wearables, Drool-worthy Moto 360 – News Bits

Android for Wearables

Google announced Android Wear, which is described as “a project that extends Android to wearables”. Google states in their blog post that they’re working with various manufacturers. Chip makers and Fashion Brands are working hard to get these devices to the market. LG and Motorola have already announced that they’re working on wearables that will run Android Wear. If you check out the video from Google below, you’ll see that Android Wear is based heavily off The Google Now features and voice recognition input.

Read about this from Google’s Blog

Moto 360 – A Geek’s Droolware Smartwatch

Right on the heels of Google announcing the Android Wear, Motorola announced the Moto 360, the smart watch that has us Geeks drooling over it. It’s not too far out in the future as well, they say they’re launching in Summer 2014, which is just a few months away. All we can do is admire this product and send Motorola our email ids so they can get let us know when it’s available.

Check out the Moto 360

The All New HTC One to be available on launch day, in the UK at least

Android Central is reporting that certain stores of some UK retailers will have the all new HTC One for sale right on launch day, soon after the announcement. Now that’s the way it’s done Samsung and Sony.

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MotoX on Sale, Google Drive – More for Less, iPhone 5C 8GB – News Bits

MotoX to launch tomorrow on Flipkart for Rs. 23999

After pulling a coup in India mobile sales with the Moto G, Flipkart is all set to launch the Moto X in India tomorrow (Wednesday). As with the Moto G, the Moto X will be exclusively available online only at Flipkart. If you take a look at their Moto X product page, you’ll see that they have some offers for the launch day, where you get a 1000 bucks off if you buy the Moto X on EMIs, 70% off on Moto X cases and a lucky few get 100% cashback on their purchase.

The phone will be available in 5 colors starting at Rs. 23,999 up to Rs. 25,999 for the two wood back finish devices.

Check out Flipkart’s page for more details and to get notified when they start sales of the Moto X.

Buy more Google Drive storage for less

Google has slashed the pricing structure of its Google Drive plans, undercutting Dropbox and others. 1TB of storage will now cost just $9.99 per month! 100GB of storage will now cost a measly $1.99 per month. What can you use this for you ask? Your photo and video backups via Google+ auto backup on iOS and Android, your documents and more.

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iPhone 5c for less as well – out comes the 8GB version

Apple-iPhone-5C
It’s no secret that Apple hasn’t been able to sell very many of their polycarbonate bodied iPhone 5C. In hopes of improving sales of the model, they’ve just launched a lower capacity model for a slightly lower cost.

The 8GB version went on sale in the Apple UK store for £429, which is £40 (about Rs. 4000) cheaper than the 16GB version. No news of when this will hit the Indian shores, but will a paying around Rs. 34,000 for an 8GB iPhone be enough of a motivator to sell more Apple phones?

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Moto G launches in India Starting at Rs. 12499

Motorola has finally launched the much awaited Moto G here in India with an exclusive tie up with the online retailer Flipkart to sell the handsets  here. The Moto G cost Rs. 12,499 for the 8GB version and 13,999 for the 16 GB version. The Indian version of the Moto G is a Dual SIM version, unlike the US variants which are single SIM.

Quick Specs

  • 1.2 GHz A7 Quad Core Processor with 1 GB RAM
  • 4.5-inch Touchscreen
  • Dual SIM
  • Internal Memory: 8 GB or 16 GB depending on the variant.
  • 5 MP Primary Camera and 1.3 MP Front Facing Camera.
  • 2070 mAH battery, which Motorola claims should run your phone for an entire day.
  • Launching with Android Jellybean with the promise of upgrade to Kitkat in the coming weeks.
  • Connectivity: 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 3.5mm audio jack

 

Since the phone doesn’t come with expandable storage via microSD card, I’d suggest that you go in for the 16 GB version, since the price difference is not too much. With the Moto G you can also activate 50GB extra storage space on Google Drive for 2 years for backing up some of the data from your phone.

Flipkart Launch Day Offer

Flipkart should start selling  the Moto G from tomorrow (6th Feb) on their site. If you are planning on getting this, make sure you take up their special offer tomorrow. They’re offering 70% off on covers for the phone, Rs. 500 off on ebooks and Rs. 1000 of on clothing. They also have a draw where a lucky winner gets 100% cash back on the purchase (in store credits). Check out the deal and sign up for the notification if you’re interested in picking up the Moto G when it goes on sale tomorrow.

Link to Flipkart’s Moto G Offer Page. Product pages:  8GB and 16 GB.

 

40th Year Anniversary of the Mobile Phone

Today marks the 40th Year anniversary of the mobile phone. The first mobile phone call was made Dr. Martin Cooper, a Motorola employee, on 3rd April, 1973 using a Motorola DynaTAC phone. This phone was huge compared to cellphones these days.

The phone itself clocked at around 1o inches, and this is not including the length of the antenna. You really needed a suitcase to carry this baby. The phone also gave a whopping 30 minutes of talk-time, 8 hours of standby time and needed a full 10 hours to charge. It also had a screen just big enough to show you the numbers you were dialling.

The Motorola DynaTAC 8000X received it’s FCC approval and was the first commercial cell phone and was sold in the markets around the early 80’s. It used to retail at an unimaginable price of $3,995!

Things have really changed in 40 years. These days more affordable devices,  longer battery life ( and we still complain about our batteries!), bigger screens, internet on the move, social networks,cameras and so much more on our phones. For people in the 80’s this would have looked like science fiction or even black magic!

After 40 years of Mobile Telephony, things have changed! These days a lot of us use mobile phones less for calling and also apps like Whatsapp among others are also effectively reducing the SMS based revenue of these companies. Telecom companies are therefore looking at other streams to boost their earnings, like faster data connectivity and value added services. The industry is poised for a change and we hope to see even more revolutionary changes to mobile phones in the coming years.

We leave you with a video from the 80’s produced by Motorola, promoting their Motorola DynaTAC phone.

Photo Credit: Mikek via Flickr
Sources: Wikipedia, Retrobrick, Motorola

Motorola’s Razr Maxx out in Asia, Razr V coming soon

Motorola Mobility has released the highly anticipated update to the RAZR series in South Asia. The RAZR MAXX and RAZR V have just landed in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. These smartphones are going to offer an attractive alternative to existing brands including Samsung and HTC. The company promises to update the OS to ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) in the coming days, which should be available over the air.

 

 

Motorola Mobility which was acquired by Google, manufactures smartphones, tablets and other high-end gadgets including wireless, video and set-top boxes and data access and data delivery equipment.

Features of RAZR series

The  RAZR MAXX will be loaded with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread flavor) and it will be available through retail stores w.e.f. 21st June, 2012. RAZR V will be made available during the third quarter of the year, and comes with  Android 4.0. The sleek models  have Aluminum housings and frames and have a Kevlar back-plate. They will have the inheritance from the popular RAZR design line-up. The new Smartphones will be protected from moisture and water as they are firmly fitted with splash guards (they aren’t waterproof mind you, just splash resistant). The unique advantage with RAZR MAXX smartphone is its huge battery backup:to the tune of 17.6 hours. The other attractive features of this ultra sleek phone are fast processor and 4.3″ super qHD AMOLED advanced display. The GSM variants do not have LTE on board, but that’s not much as we don’t really have an LTE network that we can use on our phones just yet.

Add-on Benefits

1. Motorola Mobility RAZR MAXX will take care of photography requirements. You can take advantage of the 8 MP camera to capture high quality snaps.
2. You can also record videos at 1080p.
3. You can enjoy high quality video chat with RAZR MAXX Smartphone.
5. It offers device encryption for better enterprise data security.

Coming to RAZR V, it offers both stylish design and a thin size of the order of 8.35 mm. You can take advantage of the big screen coupled with light weight to carry with you easily. RAZR V uses ColorBoost technology give you crystal clear image and video quality. As of now, the model is marketed in three colors i.e. Charcoal, Glacier White and Rebel Pink. It gives you high performance (dual-core 1.2 GHz) at affordable prices.

Motorola Mobility’s RAZR V is a great choice as it has all you want from a smartphone including great looks, fast performance, at an affordable price. It’s definitely an interesting phone.

 

Pic Credits – Sprouce.

Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition launched in the UK

Motorola isn’t a part of Google just yet, and their Xoom tablet, which was the hardware platform on which Honeycomb (Android 3.0) was launched wasn’t anywhere close to being a hit for Moto (they reportedly sold just 100,000 units). Well, they’ve now launched not one, but 2 new Xoom series tablets. They’re the Xoom 2 (10.1″ screen) and the Xoom 2 Media Edition (8.2″ screen).

Here’s the specs:

  • Processor: 1.2 GHz Dual Core
  • Display: 10.1″ (Xoom 2), 8.2″ (Xoom 2 Media Edition) 1280 x 800 Display
  • Camera: 1.3MP Front Facing Camera, 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM, 16GB for media
  • OS: Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)

The new tablets will be available soon in the UK and Ireland. No word on availability elsewhere.

Have a look at the tablets and read the press release below.

 

Motorola Mobility Launches Two New Tablets in the UK and Ireland

Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ are powerful, portable and ready to take on the world

Nov. 03, 2011

LONDON – November 3, 2011 – Building on the success of Motorola XOOM™, Motorola Mobility is rocking the tablet world yet again with two additions that bring enhanced experiences to the European market. Wi-Fi variants of the Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ – boasting powerful productivity, rich entertainment and customizable experiences — are now available: the answer to consumers looking for a tablet that can keep up with their lifestyle. Both tablets will be available at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and Ireland, as well as Best Buy, PC World, Dixons and Currys in the UK.

“Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road,” said Victoria McManus, marketing director UK & Ireland, Motorola Mobility. “We are very excited about these two new additions to our tablet portfolio that build on the success of the original Motorola XOOM to now deliver more powerful tablet experiences to the European market.”

The new Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition both feature Android 3.2, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant displays with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a splashguard coating for a go anywhere, do everything attitude. In addition, both tablets include the new MotoCast™ app that lets you stream all your music, photos, videos and documents between your PC or Mac and tablet without any media tools, apps, or cords.

Motorola XOOM 2: Lighter and Brighter
Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and Android 3.2 Honeycomb like its predecessor, but the similarities end there. The display is brighter and more vibrant than before with colour enhancement, and the edges have been strategically designed to make the tablet more comfortable to hold — this tablet is easy on the eyes, and easy on the hands. It is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus that is great for note-taking, hand-writing emails and sketching. Motorola XOOM 2 is loaded with Business Ready features like VPN support and data encryption.

Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi features MOTOPRINT integrated into key apps so you can print wirelessly from your tablet. It is approximately 100 grams lighter than the original Motorola XOOM to make it even easier to take on the road, and can withstand poolside use, spilled drinks or dashes out to the car in the rain thanks to its new splash-guard coating. A battery delivering more than 10 hours of video playback means it can go with you wherever you need to be.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition: Beat your Boredom
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition with Wi-Fi is easy to hold with one hand thanks to its 8.2-inch display, and easy to take with you wherever you go, weighing less than the best-selling paperback you’ve been carrying around. Optimised for entertainment, it has a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition has a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance over the original Motorola XOOM for smoother gaming, features adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass that’ll delight your ears, and stands out from the crowd with the fastest multi-tasking in its class. It can even be a universal remote control for home AV equipment with the personalized, custom remote control app pre-loaded on the tablet. Lastly, a splash-guard coating provides extra protection against the spills that are bound to happen when you’re having fun.

Accessories to connect to your life easier, from anywhere

With the Work and Play kit, plug your tablet into the HD Multimedia Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. Get more done, faster with the included keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth technology. Now, when your tablet is docked, the Smart Controller lets you MC the show from the comfort of your couch. For Motorola XOOM 2, no accessory discussion is complete without mentioning the Motorola Stylus with Precision tip – your tablet’s best friend.

Technical Details

 

Motorola XOOM 2Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition
Processor1.2GHz dual-core processor1.2GHz dual-core processor
SoftwareAndroid 3.2 HoneycombAndroid 3.2 Honeycomb
Display10.1” HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass8.2” HD display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass
Special featuresSplash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holdingDisplay optimisation for wide viewing angles that are perfect for video
Camera1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash1.3 MP front and 5 MP rear-facing HD cameras with digital zoom, auto focus, and LED flash
Memory1GB RAM; 16 GB storage1GB RAM; 16GB storage
Battery life10+ hours Web usage or over 1 month stand-by6+ hrs Web usage and more than 3 days of music playback
Sound3D virtual surround soundAdaptive virtual surround sound with multiple speakers and booming bass
Dimensions253.9 mm x 173.6 mm x 8.8 mm139 mm x 216 mm x 8.99 mm
Weight599 g386 g
Enterprise featuresBusiness Ready with enterprise-grade security and Active Sync for work email, contacts and calendar. USB and Ethernet connectivity, pre-loaded Citrix® Receiver® and Citrix® GoToMeeting®. Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tabletPreloaded with MotoCast so you can access and stream your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet
Preloaded applicationsAccess to Google Mobile Services, including Goog

Motorola Resurrects the Razr.. As a Droid

It’s been almost 7 years since Motorola launched the first Razr. Eventually, the Razr and all it’s variants went on to sell over 130 Million units. Of course, the first Razr wasn’t really feature packed. It had a VGA cam, some (precious little) internal memory, and of course, looked awesome! And it was expensive! Well, Motorola has resurrected the Razr name, except it’s now a Droid. Get it? Cyborg? No? Alright, let’s move on.

The new Razr is a beautiful looking, super thin beast, that is right now a Verizon only device (although Motorola say it will soon be available worldwide, and I don’t doubt that one bit).

Here’re some of the specs:

  • Display: 4.3″ qHD (960×540) Super Amoled Display (the only Super Amoled qHD one so far)
  • Processor: 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4430 Dual Core Processor
  • Memory: 1GB RAM,16GB Internal Storage, Micro SD expandable
  • Camera: 8MP Rear Cam with LED Flash, 1.3MP Front Facing Camera, 1080p Video Recording @ 30fps
And all that AND an 1800 mAh battery, in a frame that’s 7.1 mm thin (at it’s thinnest point). Oh wait, here’s the best bit. The front is Gorilla Glass, yeah, it has to be right? The back? It’s Kevlar! AND, it has Diamond Cut Aluminium accents (whatever that means, I just read Diamond Cut and I started drooling.. Oh and the Kevlar too).  As of now, it’s running Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), but hey, I sure hope it get’s updated to Ice Cream Sandwich.

Is it the rise of the Razr (again)? What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below. Or catch us on twitter.

Here’s the promo video of the Motorla Droid Razr followed by the full Press Release:

Motorola Mobility Unveils the New Motorola RAZR™: Impossibly Thin Meets Head-turning Innovation

With an ultra-thin, lightweight design and mind-blowing features, Motorola RAZR is about to make heads turn

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 18, 2011 – Say hello to the jaw-dropping new Motorola RAZR, brought to you by Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI). Impossibly thin at 7.1 millimeters with sexy curves to boot, this beauty will be available in North America, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa starting this November. Boasting a gorgeous sculpted glass face, diamond-cut aluminum accents and a hyper-vibrant 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display for incredibly vivid images. Motorola RAZR also sports KEVLAR® fiber (yes, that KEVLAR) and Corning®Gorilla® Glass to help the screen stand up to scratches and scrapes. In fact, every part of Motorola RAZR is protected by a splash-guard coating – even the electrical boards inside. This work of art is a force to be reckoned with.

If that’s not enough, pop the hood and find a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor with an impressive 1GB of RAM, all powered by Android 2.3.5. You’ll fly through tasks up to two times faster than single-core processor phones. Stream or download music and photos from your home or work computer with the easy-to-use MOTOCAST app1. Watch movies on a screen that sports a wider range of colors than most LCD HDTVs. And for that inspiring filmmaker in you, use the 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture for crisp, clear, cinematic-quality images.

“Motorola RAZR is an iconic brand, and one that originally revolutionized the mobile device industry by turning a functional necessity into an object of desire,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “Now we’ve done it again with a head-turning, ultra-thin smartphone that offers users breathtaking speed, innovative apps and revolutionary accessories.”

Close to Home, Wherever You Go
Your favorite music playlists, from classic rock to heavy metal. Pics of every vacation, from road trip to romantic getaway. With Motorola RAZR it’s all at your fingertips, all the time. With the free preloaded MotoCast app, you can stream content from your computer straight to your pocket (or purse) so your personal content is always within reach. Whether you’re across the street or across the country, you can rock your playlists or breeze through photos instantly – without hogging your device’s memory. And, because you don’t have to upload to a third-party site, you’re saving time while gaining peace of mind. That’s right – your files stay safe because they stay with you.

Life Has Never Looked Better
“Super AMOLED Advanced display technology.” It sounds futuristic because it is. Whether you stream or download your movies, hyper-vibrant colors make watching flicks on-the-go just as thrilling as watching at home on your HDTV. And zero motion-blur keeps the action smooth, so you can focus on the story, not the screen. Capture the excitement of your own life with the 8-megapixel rear camera and 1080p HD video recording, or chat with a friend using the front-facing HD video camera. No need for clunky, expensive camera equipment.

Work Smart. Not Hard.
Featuring government-grade encryption for protecting your email, contacts and calendar, this device has been deemed “Business Ready” by Motorola’s enterprise experts. Even your strict IT manager will be impressed. Hassle factor? Zero. Plus, Motorola RAZR is equipped with the Motorola Smart Actions app that lets you automate everyday tasks and enable better battery life. Smart Actions can turn down the ringer when you step into work, change the Bluetooth and GPS settings when you get home to save battery, or send a text to someone if you miss their call. It’s the simple things in life that make all the difference.

Accessories Unlock a World of Experiences
Motorola RAZR is powerful on its own, but when combined with Motorola’s accessories (sold separately), you unleash a world of possibilities. Use the new Motorola Lapdock 500 Pro or Lapdock 100 to let loose Motorola’s revolutionary webtop application, giving you the power to edit documents and browse the Web with a desktop-class Firefox® browser – all while powering the device. Or, plug your Motorola RAZR into the HD Dock or HD Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other productivity peripherals for large-screen entertainment. And now, you can control your content, browse the web, and use your Android apps from the comfort of your couch with the Smart Controller. The built in touch-pad lets you zoom, pinch and rotate content just like a touchscreen. Best of all, no more running for your phone when a call comes in, you can make and take calls while your phone is docked. You can also connect a navigation dock for GPS and directions, battery pack for extra life, Bluetooth®-enabled keyboard for efficient typing, and the elegantly designed, almost-invisible Motorola ELITE SLIVER headset for discrete, hands-free talking. You’ll have the brains, brawn and beauty to make the impossible possible.