September 06, 2012, 8:30 AM — Yesterday was a fun day for phone lovers. Early in the morning Nokia held an event where they introduced the new Lumia 820 and 920 Windows Phone 8 handsets. My take-away was that Nokia was really pushing the camera aspects of the handsets, and the 920 did look like a sweet piece of kit. ITworld's Keith Shaw gathered a bunch of information on that event and I'll direct you to his post for more from the world of Windows phones.
Later in the day was the Motorola event. This was from the 'new Motorola Mobility' I guess. In other words, the Motorola purchased by Google. They had 3 new Droid RAZR handsets to show off: the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, Droid RAZR HD, and Droid RAZR M. Not at all confusing.
As far as I can tell, the first two are the same phone except that the Maxx has a larger battery and twice the storage (32 GB vs 16 GB for the RAZR HD). The RAZR Maxx HD and RAZR HD otherwise share a 4.7" AMOLED HD screen running at 1,290 x 720, a 1.5 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon CPU and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera (with a 1.3 front facing camera for video chat). Both are shipping with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but Motorola promises an upgrade to Jelly Bean before the end of the year. Oh and of course both support LTE. Price and launch date? Not yet known.
The last handset was the RAZR M which looks like a nice handset for the price-conscious shopper. You get the same 1.5 Ghz dual-core CPU but only 8 GB of storage. The 4.3" screen is an AMOLED Advanced version running at 960 x 540. You still get an 8 megapixel rear facing camera. This one should be up for pre-order by the time you read this and goes for a reasonable $99 on contract. One thing to note is the tiny bezel on this phone. The handset is just a smidge wider than the screen itself.
You can watch a replay of the event below. It's about an hour long:
One last note. Motorola claims they're going to get Jelly Bean on as many of their devices as possible, but if you own a Motorola handset that they're not upgrading, they'll give you $100 towards the cost of one of these new phones. They weren't forthcoming with details about how this deal will work, yet, but it's something to keep in mind if, like me, you still have an original Droid kicking around (though I suppose it's possible they'll manage to get Jelly Bean running on that old hardware).
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