Motorola has unveiled a new, low-cost version of its RAZR smartphone, called the Motorola RAZR V. Like the flagship RAZR smartphone, the new RAZR V handset will initially sell in Australia through Optus from tomorrow.
Described by Motorola as selling at a price "that's almost too good to believe", the Motorola RAZR V will sell through Optus for $4 per month on the $35 Optus plan over 24 months. The flagship Motorola RAZR, which launched last October, is currently available for $0 upfront on the $50 Optus plan over 24 months.
The Motorola RAZR V uses a similar design to the flagship RAZR with the main difference being thickness. The RAZR V is 8.4mm thin whereas the RAZR is just 7.1mm thin. At the time of its release late in 2011, the RAZR was classed as the thinnest smartphone in the world.
The Motorola RAZR V has similar specifications to the RAZR. It has the same sized 4.3in screen with a qHD resolution of 960x540, though it doesn't use the same super AMOLED display technology as the more expensive model.
Despite the lower price, the Motorola RAZR V comes with a Kevlar fiber backing that the company says makes it sturdier than most other smartphones. The RAZR V is also coated in a splash-guard treatment that makes it "water repellent", aiming to protect both the outside and the internal components.
"With Motorola RAZR V we’ve created the perfect smartphone for stylish, smart and tech-savvy consumers who want great looks, great performance and great value," said Motorola's General Manager for Mobility, Timo Brouwer. "We are committed to creating devices that are beautiful and powerful, but also affordable. The new Motorola RAZR V embodies that commitment perfectly."
The Motorola RAZR V is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. It also has an 8-megapixel camera with full HD 1080p video recording.
The Motorola RAZR V will ship with the 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich version of Google's Android operating system. Motorola has not stated whether the RAZR V will be updated to the latest version, 4.1 Jelly Bean.
The Motorola RAZR V will be available through Optus and Optus aligned retail stores from Friday 3 August, but the phone isn't exclusive to Optus and will be sold through retail outlets in the near future.