Motorola RAZR Android phone (preview)

Motorola RAZR preview: The Motorola RAZR claims the title of the thinnest smartphone in the world

The Motorola RAZR is back. Motorola has unveiled a new version of the iconic RAZR mobile phone — simply called the Motorola RAZR. At just 7.1mm thick at its thinnest point, the Motorola RAZR claims the title of the thinnest smartphone in the world. But will that be enough to live up to its famous name?

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Motorola is betting on the iconic RAZR name to resurrect some its former glory. The RAZR, originally a flip phone, sold over 130 million units worldwide in a five year period from 2004-2008, but lost its sharpness as the world moved to smartphones.

The new Motorola RAZR is a completely different story to past RAZR models, but the emphasis on design remains. For starters, the RAZR is just 7.1mm thick at its thinnest point, giving it the title of the thinnest smartphone in the world. It combines a diamond cut aluminium frame and a case that's made from Kevlar fiber — Motorola says this makes the RAZR both strong and light weight at 127g. The downside to this thinness is that the RAZR has a non-removable battery.

Aiding the Motorola RAZR's toughness is a Gorilla glass display and a splash-guard coating that makes the phone "water-repellent". Motorola says both the phone itself and many of its internal components have been coated with the splash-guard material, so it is expected to hold up well to the elements.

The Motorola RAZR has a 4.3in Super AMOLED display with a qHD resolution of 540x960, is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory with a microSD card slot for extra storage. The new RAZR also has an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with full HD 1080p video recording, and a 2-megapixel front facing camera that will record 720p HD video.

The new Motorola RAZR will run the 2.3 "Gingerbread" version of Google's Android platform and comes with the latest version of the company's Motoblur software. Unlike past Motorola phones, images of the RAZR seem to show an uncluttered home screen, so we're hoping Motoblur on this smartphone is a pleasant user experience this time around. Motorola hasn't confirmed whether the RAZR will be upgradeable to the latest 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" version of Android, but we expect this to be the case.

The Motorola RAZR is the first phone to be pre-loaded with the company's new Smart Actions app, described as a way to "automate daily tasks" and improve battery life. As an example, you can use the Smart Actions app to make the RAZR launch the music app every time you plug in your headphones, or turn on Wi-Fi when you get to work. The app uses Wi-Fi networks to provide location based settings that will be performed when the network is detected. Motorola says it expects the Smart Actions app to eventually be available on all of its smartphones. The Motorola RAZR will also come with the Motocast application that allows users to stream music, photos, videos and documents to your phone from the cloud. The service will work on both Windows and Mac PCs.

The Motorola RAZR will be compatible with Mototola's Lapdock accessory. This essentially turns the RAZR into a small notebook, using the phone itself as the PC. The Lapdock 100 has no CPU and offers no computing power of its own, however. It has a 10.1in display a full sized keyboard and trackpad and is also equipped with stereo speakers.

The Motorola RAZR will be available exclusively through Optus in Australia for $0 upfront on the $59 cap plan over 24 months. The Optus $59 cap includes $750 worth of calls, unlimited SMS messages, 2GB of data and unlimited access within Australia to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, MySpace, eBay and Foursquare services. The RAZR will be available to pre-order online from 24 October. More details are available on the Optus Web site.

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