RAZR'ing the bar

Motorola Droid RAZR HD, Maxx HD and M

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From the StarTAC, to the original RAZR to the Droid, Motorola has led the way for mobile hardware on quite a few occasions. Now, firmly entrenched under the wing of its Google mothership, Motorola is kicking off the new era with a family of handsets: the Droid RAZR HD ($299), the RAZR Maxx HD ($199) and the RAZR M ($99).

Find out more about each of the new handsets after the break.

The Droid RAZR HD’s most visible claim to fame is, of course, its new 4.7-inch 720p Super AMOLED HD display. While the new iteration is roughly a millimeter thicker than the wafer-thin original Droid Razr, it’s still essentially the same height and width, making it the smallest 4.7-inch phone on the market. Other key internal specs include a dual-core 1.5GHz S4 processor, 16GB of storage and an 8MP rear camera. Even with power-sucking 4G, the RAZR HD taps into Motorola’s deep knowledge of radio technology to maximize the speed and efficiency of the LTE network, squeezing 16 hours of talk-time or 24 hours of mixed-use from its 2,500mAh battery — or long enough for even the most epic of mother-in-law calls. The RAZR Maxx ups the ante with 32GB of internal storage while ratcheting up use time to a whopping 32 hours thanks to a 3,300mAh battery. Externally, both also feature a Kevlar back for strength and style as well as a micro-HDMI and micro-USB port.

Those on a budget should also take note of the new RAZR M. The smaller handset includes a 960-x-540-pixel 4.3″ qHD display which essentially stretches from edge to edge — giving it 40% more screen real estate than the iPhone 4S, and includes an 8MP camera, NFC, 8GB of storage, and 1GB of RAM. Clearly, it’s not the best of the bunch, but for a price of $99, it’s a solid mid-tier phone.

All devices will ship with Ice Cream Sandwich, but Motorola has promised to provide a Jelly Bean update by the end of the year. In fact, the review units we saw were running it already. As of now, the RAZR Maxx and RAZR HD are vaguely slated to launch sometime before the Holidays (prices unknown), but the RAZR M is available for pre-order today at just $99 and will officially ship next week.

Buy Now: $99+ (M available today for pre-order, HD & Maxx HD later this year)