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Verizon customers craving a thin LTE smartphone with all-day battery life get their wish later this week. Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx launches on Jan. 26 for $299 with contract. But the battery is only one standout feature among many: Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS and Super AMOLED.

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Verizon customers craving a thin LTE smartphone with all-day battery life get their wish later this week. The carrier is launching Motorola’s Droid Razr Maxx on Jan. 26 for $299 with contract. Although the Android handset is 8.99 millimeters thick, Verizon is claiming up to 21 hours of battery life, thanks to the high-capacity battery.

The 3300 mAh internal battery is the big upgrade to this Droid, as most large-screened smartphone batteries have a capacity of around 1800 mAh. But there’s plenty more to like about the new handset, which I got a peek at during the Consumer Electronics Show:

Among the key specifications and features:

  • Google Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), upgradable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 4.3-inch 960 x 540 resolution Super AMOLED display
  • 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture; 1.3-megapixel front camera
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor
  • 16 GB of internal storage; 16 GB microSD card included
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; location services through GPS and GLONASS
  • Mobile hotspot use for connecting up to 8 devices

Although priced high at nearly $300 with contract, I suspect the Razr Maxx will be Motorola’s biggest hit on Verizon during the first half of the year. The phone addresses a key challenge with LTE devices: battery life. Super AMOLED displays — a Samsung component — are among the best on the market. And support for cutting edge connectivity such as GPS/GLONASS and Bluetooth 4.0 make the Razr Maxx a hot handset. Let’s see if the sales figures prove my prediction, or if this Droid gets lost in a sea of other Androids.

  1. I’m having a hard time deciding whether to keep my brand new Galaxy Nexus or exchange it for one of these later this week.

    With the RAZR Maxx I’d get more default battery life and what I believe is a more attractive phone, but I’d be stuck with a Verizon/Motorola schedule for future updates, lack of ICS currently, a slower, but possibly visually better camera and a smaller, lower resolution screen.

    Do I get this phone or just get one of the 2100/3800 mAh extended batteries for my Nexus?

    Decisions, decisions.

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    1. Tough choice for sure, but as you noted, you can always get an extended battery or some other portable charging solution. Getting updates, however, would be out of your hands and put control back on Verizon and Moto. It’s a personal choice, but I’d rather have the updates. ;)

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    2. Hi O, you mention exchanging your brand new Galaxy Nexus for the RAZR Maxx or another one: but so how do you deal with your contract? Are you offered an early upgrade just after a few weeks or months? Does Verizon do that?

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  2. External speaker is terrible. Also, if you record video at concerts or sporting events, nothing has been better than the motorola’s. IMO.

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  3. Let’s see if it get 4.0 for real, rather than a hype of “upgradeable”

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