Following the acquisition in August of Motorola Mobility by search giant, Google, the company has confirmed that a South African launch of the newly announced Droid RAZR is on the cards.
My Broadband reports that Motorola Mobility will be hosting an event on 27 October at which “all details pertaining to the South African launch” will be revealed. The event had reportedly been scheduled for earlier in the month, but at the time it hadn’t been confirmed which devices would be released into the local market.
The original RAZR was a clamshell cellphone that was first released in 2004 and went on to become Motorola’s most popular device and the world’s best-selling flip-phone. Motorola hopes to regain this former glory with the Droid RAZR – currently the industry’s thinnest smartphone. Measuring only 7.1 mm, the device is also a lightweight – coming in at just 130 grams.
Other features of the new Droid RAZR include a Super AMOLED Advanced qHD screen with 1080×720 pixel resolution, and covered in a Gorilla glass screen. It is equipped with OMAP 4430 SoC with dual core 1.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processors, putting on par with some the market’s leading smartphones. There’s also the 16GB built-in memory with a 16GB MicroSD slot for expandable memory. Its 8-megapixel camera is similar to that of the iPhone 4S, with the ability to record 1080p videos.
Disappointingly, the Droid RAZR will be running on Android’s 2.3.5 Gingerbread operating system, versus the recently announced Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). Motorola does say, however, that the Droid RAZR will be the first smartphone to support Netflix in HD.
On the pricing front, indications from the U.S. are that the device may not exactly be what you would call cheap. Verizon, the Droid RAZR carrier in the states, puts it at $299 on a two-year contract – rather hefty when compared to the $199 offered by most carriers in the country for the iPhone 4S.