February's Mobile World Congress could be the setting for Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy S3 smartphone, and it should be a worthy competitor to the new Droid Razr Maxx. While the price and release date aren't yet known for the Galaxy S3, Droid Razr Maxx will be sold by Verizon for $300 with a new two year contract. It will go on sale Jan. 26, and its release will coincide with Verizon's dropping the price of the Droid Razr to $200. Droid Razr Maxx is basically the same phone, but with a bigger battery. A much bigger battery, as in, twice the size. Droid Razr uses a 1789 mAh battery and the Razr Maxx uses a 3300 mAh battery Motorola says can last 21 hours of talk time. Motorola is even planning a Feb. 6 Web event to show just how long the battery will last. They plan to stream a constant feed of the Droid Razr in action so people can see how long the battery lasts in real time.
Perhaps smartphone makers are hearing enough complaints about batteries to finally start addressing it directly. Samsung's Galaxy S3, for example, should include a bigger battery, but it could also have a host of new features that rival the Droid Razr Maxx. Officially, Samsung has not said what the Galaxy S3 will look like, but it could have 4G LTE capability, two gigabytes of memory, a 12 megapixel camera and a 4.6-inch display.
Droid Razr Maxx has a 4.3-inch qHD display, eight megapixel camera 1080p video capture and is due for the Android 4.0 update in the next month. The Galaxy S3 is fully expected to debut with Android 4.0, but the device itself will likely not appear for at least a couple more months. If you're mobile contract is up and you are considering which of these phones to get, think of how you use your current phone and what that would mean for your new one. If the Droid Razr Maxx can really deliver on the battery front, it would be hard not to recommend it over the Galaxy S3. Tell us in the comments if you followed along at CES and were excited to hear about the Droid Razr Maxx.