Motorola RAZR V strikes Bell in Canada
Carrier offering improved, and more affordable, version of the Droid RAZR
Published: 6 August, 2012
It's been out in the US for a while but now Canadians can enjoy Motorola's RAZR V, aka the Droid RAZR south of the border. The handset that's arriving at Bell though is slightly different to its American neighbour offering improvements in certain areas, and some reduced specs in others to keep down costs. What the changes have resulted in is an affordable yet respectable mid-range handset that comes loaded with Android 4.0.
Key features include a 4.3" ColorBoost display, which replaces the Super AMOLED screen of its predecessor, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM. Internal storage has been cut from 16GB to a much less appetising 4GB but it still offers a rear-facing 8mp camera, though it is joined by a VGA front-facing camera rather than a 1.3mp one. The capacity of its battery isn't specified but it's expected to last for 9.5 hours of talk time.
Externally it's still a good looking handset though its capacitive buttons have been ditched in favour of Ice Cream Sandwich-friendly on-screen ones. The phone is also a bit thicker at 8.35mm compared to the 7.1mm of the older model.
Overall there aren't that many sacrifices that have been made in the name of affordability. The internal storage is lower but can expanded by a microSD card and the lower resolution of the front-facing camera certainly isn't going to be a deal-breaker for many.
Anyone who wants one can pick one up now for $29.95 on a three-year contract from Bell. For those who'd prefer it without a contract it's going to set them back $399.95. There's no sign yet of whether it's going to be followed by a Maxx variant like the original Droid RAZR which offered a significant improvement where battery-life is concerned.