Motorola Razr smartphone and docks specs for SA

The Motorola Razr Android smartphone will be available at retail in South Africa during November 2011, and as with the Atrix before it, the device has a bunch of dock accessories.

These docks let you either plug the phone into a larger screen for entertainment or presentations and convert it into a workstation (multimedia “smart dock”), or they turn the device into a netbook or notebook (Lapdock).

At a launch event on Thursday (27 October 2011), Motorola said that they don’t yet have the recommended retail price of the docks, but they would be available when the Razr launches locally.

Motorola Mobility’s SA chief, Megan Nicholas, explained that neither the Razr nor the docks would be backwards compatible. This means that the Motorola Atrix won’t be able to plug into the new docks and the Razr won’t fit into the Atrix’s old docks.

However, future Motorola devices would be compatible with the new docks, Nichols said.

Motorola Razr hands-on
Motorola Razr hands-on - new connector positions

The obvious change the new docks would have to accommodate is the positioning of the micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports on the Razr, which are in the middle at the top of the device. On the Atrix the ports were at the bottom left edge.

Asked why they decided to move the ports, the head of international markets at Motorola Mobility, Spiros Nikolakopoulos, said that the Razr was too thin for the ports to be on the side.

Spiros Nikolakopoulos, Motorola Mobility GM of international markets
Spiros Nikolakopoulos, Motorola Mobility GM of international markets

He also highlighted the following changes:

  • The new docks use cables rather than a direct plug.
  • They took “all the best things” from the original Lapdock design and added feedback from enterprise.
  • Feedback included need for: larger screens, built-in video camera.
  • There is a “standard” version of the Lapdock which is a scaled-down model of the original, but it isn’t guaranteed to launch in SA yet.

The laptop dock confirmed for SA is the “premium” Lapdock 500 Pro, which has the following specifications according to Motorola:

Lapdock 500 Pro specifications
Dimensions 337.5 mm x 249.8 mm x 21.9 mm
Weight 3.4 pounds
Display Size 14-inches
Screen Resolution High resolution 1366×768
Battery Type 36 Wh flat battery for up to 7 hours of battery life
Stereo Speakers Yes
Track Pad Scroll Two-finger scrolling supported
Integrated Webcam Yes
External Connectors 2 USB ports, 3.5 mm headset jack, VGA out, SD card, Ethernet port
Power Cord 30W wall charger
Other Features Security tether
Motorola Lapdock 500
Motorola Lapdock 500

When you connect a keyboard and mouse to the smart dock, or use a Lapdock, the Razr switches to a different operating system (OS) that Motorola calls “WebTop.”

Nikolakopoulos explained that WebTop is a proprietary Linux-based OS developed by Motorola that runs parallel to Android.

Razr runs the second version of WebTop, which Nikolakopoulos said includes the latest browser versions, more print drivers, support for a hard LAN connection, and connections for front-facing cameras.

The Motorola Razr will launch in South Africa on Vodacom during November 2011 at a recommended retail price of R6,999, or on a 24 month Business Call contract for R269 per month. It has the following technical specifications:

Motorola Razr specifications
Maker Motorola
Display 4.3” qHD (540×960) Super AMOLED
Camera, primary 8MP
Camera, secondary 1.3MP
Storage (Internal) 16GB
Storage (Expandable) microSD
Processor 1.2GHz dual-core (TI OMAP 4430)
Cellular data HSPA+
SIM type Micro SIM

Motorola said that the Razr will be running Android Gingerbread 2.3.5 at launch, but also said that it does have an upgrade path.

They didn’t want to comment on when Android 4 “Ice Cream Sandwich” would be available for the device, explaining that they only received the ICS code a week ago and their engineers are still evaluating it.

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