Motorola intros RAZR thin Droid, fitness enhanced Motoactv MP3 player

Posted in Images,News,Technology by Scott Meisner on October 18th, 2011

Today Motorola introduced the newest member of the Droid smartphone family, and this one’s special because it bears the name of one of the most (if not the most) popular flip phones from the early 00′s. The Droid RAZR by Motorola measures at 7.1 mm thin making it the world’s thinnest smartphone, according to Motorola. The iPhone 4S, by comparison, is a beefier 9.3mm thin. In addition to being so slim, the Droid RAZR is extremely durable; the large 4.3-inch (960×540) qHD Super AMOLED display is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass for scratch resistance and the device is wrapped in Kevlar fiber for strength. Inside it’s powered by a speedy dual-core 1.2GHz processor and 1GB RAM and runs Android Gingerbread (version 2.3.5). The 4G LTE handset also packs an 8 megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization technology, a front-facing HD camera for video chat, 32GB of memory (16GB on board storage and a 16GB microSD card pre-installed), mobile hotspot capability, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI and Micro USB ports, and a 1780 mAh battery. On the software side, the Droid RAZR comes loaded with MotoCast and Smart Actions applications. The first serves as a cloud app allowing users to wirelessly stream content (music, photos, etc.) from PCs to the phone, and the second allows users to automate tasks and optimize battery efficiency. Additionally, this device will be the first smartphone capable of streaming Netflix content in HD. When the Droid RAZR goes on sale next month, many accessories will ship alongside it and they include updated versions of Motorola’s Lapdock, charging cradles for desks and cars, a wireless keyboard, a portable power pack, and Bluetooth headsets.

The Droid RAZR goes on sale in “early November” for $299.99 with a new two-year contract with Verizon Wireless. Will this Droid live up to the iconic status that lives inside the RAZR brand? Only time, my friends, can tell. Get a closer look at the device in the gallery below and peek after the break for the full PR.

In addition to announcing a new Droid, Motorola also intro’d Motoactv, “the ultimate fusion of music and fitness.” The diminutive MP3 player looks like the iPod nano and aims to be a Nike+ killer. The hardware piece comes built into a lightweight, wearable band that can be worn around your wrist or arm and it can also be clipped to your shirt or a bike. The device itself sports a 1.6″ full-color touch-screen display that is sweat-proof, rain-resistant and scratch-resistant that auto-adjusts for indoor or outdoor lighting, it supports Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ wireless connectivity, packs a 600MHz processor, and it runs a customized version of Android. Though Motoactv is an MP3 player at its core, Motorola is billing it as a device aimed toward those wanting to keep in shape. The devices uses Moto’s own “AccuSense technology” and GPS to accurately measure time, distance, speed, heart rate, and calories burned during a workout session. You can then upload your workout to Motoactv.com to analyze the performance data tracked by the device to see how you’re doing. The built-in music player is “smart” in that it will “learn what tracks motivate you most by measuring your performance against your music and then uses those songs to create your personal high-performance playlist.” Pretty slick, huh? FM radio is on board, too. Motorola also aims to replace chest straps with advanced headphones that come preinstalled with heart rate monitors. The headphone will come in wireless and wired versions and it’ll provide real-time audible readouts of your heart rate during workout sessions. Additionally, the headphones will stay connected to your Android-powered smartphone via Bluetooth allowing you to make and receive calls on the run if so you choose.

Motoactv is now available for preorder and it goes on sale November 6. The 8GB model will go for $249 and $299 will get you 16GB. The Motorola SF700 (wireless) and Motorola SF500 (wired) sports headphones will be sold separately for $149 and $99, respectively. Again, pictures below and PR after the break.


[Via Engadget 1, 2]

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Announce DROID RAZR™ by Motorola: DROID Strong. RAZR Sharp.

Impossibly thin with unstoppable power on America’s fastest and most reliable 4G network

Oct. 18, 2011

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Today, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) and Verizon Wireless announced DROID RAZR™ by Motorola, the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smartphone. A true marvel of design, this smartphone packs strength and smarts into a stylish package offered exclusively from Verizon Wireless.

Measuring 7.1 mm thin, made with KEVLAR® fiber for strength and Corning® Gorilla® Glass for scratch resistance, the DROID RAZR is ready to face the elements. Speed limits are just an illusion with a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE. DROID RAZR customers can expect to rip through the Web with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G.

“DROID RAZR by Motorola combines style, performance and the power of Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network into one innovative device,” said Marni Walden, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “These are two iconic brands that separately symbolize the best technology available today. The combination will provide an unsurpassed wireless experience for customers.”

“DROID RAZR by Motorola is a testament to the innovation and design possibilities that stem from a strong partnership between Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless,” said Sanjay Jha, Chairman and CEO, Motorola Mobility. “We set out to design the best smartphone on the planet and delivered DROID RAZR which is thinner, smarter, stronger than any device on the market.”

Not only does DROID RAZR by Motorola deliver heart-pounding speed, but it has a mind-bending 4.3-inch hyper-vibrant display with more colors than most LCD HDTVs. The Super AMOLED™ Advanced display with qHD resolution dishes out beautiful images and smooth action so on-the-go movies and TV shows aren’t a blur, whether customers stream from Netflix™ or rent from Android Market™. It’s the first smartphone capable of streaming movies and TV shows through Netflix with up to HD resolution.

DROID RAZR customers can take advantage of the Super AMOLED Advanced display and 4G LTE speeds to stream videos with NFL Mobile, only from Verizon. Fans can stay up to date on news, schedules and scores from their favorite teams on the go. NFL Mobile is included at no additional charge for 4G LTE customers for the remainder of the 2011 season.

If cutting-edge visuals are its beauty, apps on DROID RAZR are its brains. Enter MotoCast™, the free Motorola app that lets you stream or download your music, pictures and more from your PC to your phone. The Smart Actions app helps automate everyday tasks and optimizes battery efficiency by letting customers create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level. The revolutionary webtop application allows customers to combine the device with separately sold accessories, like the Lapdock™ 100 or HD Station, unleashing the power to edit documents and browse the Web with a full Firefox® browser on a larger screen – all while charging the device.

Additional features:

Powered by Android™ 2.3.5, Gingerbread
1GB RAM for a fast user interface and multi-tasking
8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization technology for crisp and clear videos
Front-facing HD camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capable so customers can share 4G LTE speed with up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
Water repellent nanocoating protects the phone, and even the inside components, against everyday spills
Remote wipe, pin lock and government-grade encryption for email, calendar and contacts as well as voice and video chat conferencing
Use Quickoffice® to view, create and edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on your mobile device from anywhere at anytime
Bluetooth 4.0 low energy
32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD™ card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
Powerful 1780 mAh battery

The DROID RAZR will be available in early November for $299.99 with a new two-year customer agreement at all Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and online at: www.verizonwireless.com; as well as at authorized retailers. Customers can visit www.droiddoes.com/droidrazr to pre-order DROID RAZR beginning on October 27. For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Motorola Mobility Unveils MOTOACTV™ – The Ultimate Fusion of Music and Fitness

Oct. 18, 2011

LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Oct. 18, 2011 – Scorch more calories, shatter personal records and train even harder with MOTOACTV™, the new fitness device from Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI). MOTOACTV is a lightweight, wearable fitness performance tracker and smart music player in one. Sync MOTOACTV with your PC, so you can check out the music you perform to best or track your workouts over extended time periods, set goals and even create workout competitions with your friends via the MOTOACTV Web Portal. And MOTOACTV features a touch-screen display so you can instantly launch a new workout or find that one song you’ve been dying to hear.

“We brought the features you love in your smartphone to the fitness world with a groundbreaking addition, MOTOACTV,” said Sanjay Jha, chairman and chief executive officer, Motorola Mobility. “Workout smarter without using multiple devices or even wires, with the first multi-activity music and fitness tracking device with the brains to push you beyond your limits.”

Stay on Top of Your Stats
We get it. You’re obsessed with your pace, number of calories burned, miles covered, personal records and fitness facts. MOTOACTV uses Motorola AccuSense™ technology and GPS to ensure measurement accuracy of your performance. Your time, distance, speed, heart rate1 and calories burned are all measured, so you can reach your fitness or weight loss goals faster than ever.

Then, upload your workout to MOTOACTV.com to analyze the performance data tracked by the device and review useful, easy-to-understand charts, tools and programs that help you see your strengths and empower you to overcome challenges. You can also get workout tips and training plans from fitness experts at MOTOACTV.com and on your Android™-powered smartphone with our free mobile app available via Android Market™ and pre-installed on DROID RAZR™ by Motorola.

Run. Ride. Jam.
Heart pumping, thighs burning and five laps to go. You need a serious soundtrack to get you through. MOTOACTV can rock up to 4,000 of your favorite songs while tracking your every move, from the Rockies to the gym. Ultra-portable, you choose the way you want to wear MOTOACTV: strap it on your wrist or arm, clip it to your shirt or mount it on your bike during an outdoor ride2.

Your playlist is more than just workout songs: they’re songs that push you to perform at your best. The smart music player learns what tracks motivate you most by measuring your performance against your music and then uses those songs to create your personal high-performance playlist.

On those days when your automatically generated high-performance playlist isn’t doing the trick, you can switch to FM radio for even more song variety. And if the music is really moving you, go that extra mile – MOTOACTV tracks your outdoor training via GPS.

Keep Connected, Keep Your Pace

Real athletes don’t wear earbuds, they rock sports headphones. Introducing innovative sports headphones with built-in heart rate monitors, durable design and crystal-clear audio, the Motorola SF700 wireless and Motorola SF500 wired headphones deliver exceptional sound quality and real-time audible readouts of your heart rate allowing you to track your performance without the uncomfortable squeeze of a chest strap.

MOTOACTV also gives you the option to stay connected to your Android™-powered smartphone, so you can answer calls, receive texts and rock out via your headphones without breaking a stride.

In addition to working with MOTOACTV, the Bluetooth® wireless Motorola SF700 and wired Motorola SF500 sports headphones are compatible with mobile phones, music players and tablets from Motorola and other leading manufacturers.

MOTOACTV will rock your fitness goals with the following features:

Ongoing tracking of fitness performance stats, including pace, distance, calories burned, and map of route covered, with automatic wireless syncing of workout data to MOTOACTV.com
8GB or 16GB of storage for endless playlists
Sports a 1.6″ full-color touch-screen display that is sweat-proof, rain-resistant and scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass that auto-adjusts for indoor or outdoor lighting
Option to sync with the latest Android-powered smartphone to receive incoming calls and texts
FM radio capabilities for more song variety
Up to five hours of battery life for outdoor workouts, 10 hours indoors, and nearly two weeks on standby
Supports both Bluetooth® 4.0 and ANT+ wireless connectivity for your existing fitness sensors and your future ones
Size: 46mm x 46mm x 9.6 mm
Weight: 35 g

Pricing and Availability
Beginning today, consumers can pre-order MOTOACTV at www.motorola.com, Amazon.com, Bestbuy.com®, REI.com and SportsAuthority.com. Starting on November 6, 2011, MOTOACTV will be available for sale at Best Buy®, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, The Sports Authority and online at Amazon.com, with other retailers following shortly.

The exclusive launch carrier will be Verizon Wireless with availability in November.

The MSRP for MOTOACTV 8G is $249 and $299 for 16G. Motorola SF700 and Motorola SF500 sports headphones are sold separately and will be $149 and $99 MSRP respectively.

MOTOACTV will also be available in Latin America and Europe starting in Q1 2012.

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