Motorola (NYSE: MMI) took the wraps off two new interesting Android devices Tuesday during an event in New York, unveiling the Droid Razr and the Motoactv, an Android device targeted at the health conscious. Both will ship in time for the holiday season and round out Motorola’s product offerings just in time for rival Samsung to surpass it with a next-generation device expected to launch this evening.
The Droid Razr comes a few weeks after the launch of the Droid Bionic, a gap that was supposed to be longer due to delays in the launch of the Bionic. It’s an extremely thin phone at 7.1mm thick, which harkens back to its namesake feature phone from the middle of the last decade and is about 2mm thinner than the iPhone 4S. It runs the Gingerbread version of Android, and will cost $299 with 32GBs of storage, the same price as the iPhone 4S. It will be available on Verizon in early November.
Unfortunately for Motorola, we’re less than 12 hours away from the expected launch of a new Nexus phone from Samsung and Google that will run Ice Cream Sandwich, the most recent version of Android yet announced by Google (NSDQ: GOOG). That event has been widely anticipated by the Android community, and will likely overshadow the debut of the Droid Razr although Google and Samsung were originally supposed to hold the event last week.
While we’re used to seeing Android phones come out of Motorola, the Motoactv is interesting because it’s something that Android smartphone partners haven’t done very often: an Android device that doesn’t look like a phone. It’s a small square device that can be worn on one’s arm while working out and that comes with software designed to help users keep track of their workouts.
At $249 for just 8GB of storage, the Motoactv is perhaps a little pricier than such a special-purpose device should be, although you can make phone calls, receive texts, and run Android apps on the device. But it’s an interesting gambit down the path toward wearable computers, which many mobile experts think are going to be big sellers in the coming years.