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Motorola Releases Slim Droid Razr Smartphone

Motorola Mobility revived its once best-selling Razr brand to tout its latest gadget, the Droid Razr, as the world's slimmest smartphone.

The company hopes to compete with Apple's iPhone when it kicks off pre-orders at Verizon Wireless on October 27. The device costs $299 - more than $199 for the latest basic iPhone 4S.

As sold by Verizon, the phone will be called the "Droid Razr." In other countries, it will be just "Razr."

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. It is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor and Verizon Wireless 4G LTE.

The phone has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with more colors than most LCD HDTVs.

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.

MotoCast, a free Motorola app, 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 users create rules, such as automatically setting the phone to vibrate during work hours or dimming the display at a specific battery level. The webtop application allows users 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
- 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p HD video capture and image stabilization technology
- Front-facing HD camera for video chat over 4G LTE, 3G or Wi-Fi
- 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capable
- 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
- Bluetooth 4.0 low energy
= 32 GB memory: 16 GB on board and 16 GB microSD card pre-installed (actual formatted capacity is less)
- 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.

Motorola also introduced MotoActv, a combined music player, performance tracker and GPS device aimed at fitness enthusiasts. This device will start at $249 for an 8 Gigabyte version. A 16 GB model will cost $299, Motorola said.

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 launch a new workout or find a song.

MOTOACTV uses Motorola AccuSense technology and GPS to ensure measurement accuracy of your performance. Your time, distance, speed, heart rate and calories burned are all measured.

Users can then upload their workout to MOTOACTV.com to analyze the performance data tracked by the device and review charts, tools and programs that help them seetheir strengths. They can also get workout tips and training plans from fitness experts at MOTOACTV.com and on their Android-powered smartphone using a free mobile app available via Android Market.

MOTOACTV 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

Beginning today, users 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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