The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx, which was showcased at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas on Jan. 9, is expected to hit the markets on Thursday. The expectation is based on a leaked Verizon Wireless internal document, which was reported on by Droidmatters.com.
The Droid Razr Maxx, which is being released for $300 with a two-year Verizon contract, is expected to face immense pressure from the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket, which is a Long Term Evolution (LTE) version of the Galaxy S2 and debuted on AT&T's network on Nov. 6
The Motorola Droid Razr Maxx sports a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 pixels Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touch-screen with 256 ppi pixel density. It has a dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 processor with a TI OMAP 4430 Chipset and PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
The Motorola phone, which will run on Android's 2.3 Gingerbread Operating System, sports an 8 megapixel LED flash rear-facing camera with 1080p video capture capabilities and an additional 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting.
Motorola has promised to upgrade the Droid Razr Maxx to Google Inc.'s latest smartphone OS - Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which has been called Google's most ambitious release to date.
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The best feature of the phone, however, according to Verizon, is its revolutionary Li-Ion 3300 mAh that promises to provide a whopping 21 hours of talk time and 368 hours of standby time.
Meanwhile, Samsung's Galaxy S2 Skyrocket runs on Google Inc.'s Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread OS. Its carriers, AT&T, announced at the launch event that the Skyrocket would receive an update to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich sometime in 2012.
The Skyrocket has a Scorpion dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon chipset, 4.5-inch Super AMOLED (active-matrix organic LED) Plus display, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, 4G LTE support, an 8 megapixel rear-facing LED flash camera with 1080p video capture and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls.
Here is a comparison between the Motorola Droid Razr Maxx and the Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket:
Display: The Skyrocket touts a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and about 207 ppi pixel density. On the other hand, the Droid Razr Maxx will sport a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced capacitive touch-screen with qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels and about 256 pixels per inch (ppi) density.
Display Protection: The Galaxy S2 Skyrocket has Corning Gorilla Glass display protection, while the display of the Motorola phone is made with KEVLAR fiber and scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla glass.
Size: The Droid Razr Maxx comes with 130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99 mm dimensions and weighs 145 grams, while the Skyrocket comes with 129.8 x 68.8 x 9.5 mm dimensions and weighs 130.5 grams.
Processor: The Razr Maxx packs a 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 dual-core processor, TI OMAP 4430 chipset, PowerVR SGX540 GPU with 1GB RAM. On the other hand, the Skyrocket features a 1.5 GHz Scorpion dual-core processor, Adreno 220 GPU, Qualcomm APQ8060 Snapdragon chipset, also with 1GB RAM.
Camera: Both smartphones sport rear-facing 8 megapixel LED flash cameras with 1080p HD video capture capability. The Skyrocket has a secondary 2 megapixel camera for video chats, while the Razr Maxx has a 1.3 megapixel unit.
Camera Features: The Razr Maxx has touch-focus, geo-tagging, face-detection, image stabilization, automatic focus, and editing tools, while the Skyrocket has geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection and image stabilization.
3G/4G: The Razr Maxx comes with Verizon Wireless' Rev. A up to 3.1 Mbps, HSUPA and supports 4G LTE. In comparison, the Skyrocket has HSDPA 21 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and also supports 4G LTE.
Operating System: Both smartphones have the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system, with the promise of an upgrade to Google Inc.'s latest smartphone OS, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
User Interface: The Razr Maxx uses Motorola's custom user interface, while the Skyrocket comes with Samsung's TouchWiz 4.0 version.
WLAN/Bluetooth/USB: The Razr Maxx has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 version with LE and EDR and microUSB 2.0 versions. Meanwhile, the Skyrocket has Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0 version with HS, microUSB 2.0 version (MHL) and USB-On-the-go.
Storage: Both smartphones boast 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded, via a microSD card slot, to 32GB.
Battery: The Skyrocket comes with a standard Li-ion 1850 mAh battery that gives up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 256 hours of standby. Meanwhile, the Droid Razr Maxx comes with a standard Li-ion 3300 mAh battery that gives up to 21.5 hours of talk time and up to 380 hours of standby.
Pricing: The Droid Razr Maxx is priced at $299.99 with a two-year Verizon contract. The Skyrocket, when compared, is priced at $199.99 with a two-year AT&T contract.
Additional Features: The Skyrocket has accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass sensors, Assisted GPS, Adobe Flash, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, SNS integration, MP4/DivX/XviD/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/AC3/FLAC player, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk and Picasa integration.
The Droid RAZR MAXX, when compared, has accelerometer, proximity, compass sensors, HTML, Adobe Flash, assisted GPS, GLONASS, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Splash resistant, HDMI port, SNS integration, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Picasa integration, MP3/AAC+/WAV/WMA player, and MP4/H.263/H.264/WMV player.