CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

Summary:CES 2012: With virtualization, encryption, a four-inch display and five-row QWERTY keyboard, Motorola's new Droid 4 is a road warrior's delight.

LAS VEGAS -- Thinner, faster, more productive.

Motorola announced today the Droid 4, a Google Android smartphone on Verizon that it says is ideal for road warriors who want to work like hell while they're on the move.

The business specifications are stacked for this device: a five-row, edge-lit QWERTY keyboard, a 4-inch scratch- and scrape-resistant display, government-grade FIPS 140-2 encryption, "mirror mode" to display content on an HDTV and lapdock-ready.

Oh, and it's a half-inch thick.

Inside, Moto has packed a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and an 8-megapixel, 1080p HD still/video camera. On the software side, the company includes a "smart actions" application that automates tasks, a webtop application for a multi-window environment on a larger screen and, naturally, those blazing fast 4G LTE download and upload speeds. (Where available, of course.)

The phone is preloaded with Android version 2.3.5 Gingerbread, "to be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich," the company says.

More vitals:

  • Remote streaming of photos, videos, music, documents, presentations and more from home or office computers
  • 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot supporting up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • water-repellent nanocoating for "splash resistance"
  • 16GB on-board memory, support for up to 32GB microSD card
  • Government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts
  • Preloaded with Citrix Receiver for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

As you can see, it's one serious piece of kit.

The phone will be available from Verizon "in the coming weeks." No word on price.

Topics: Mobility, Hardware, Networking


Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. He is also the former editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation. He writes about business, technology and design now but used to cover finance, fashion and culture. He was an intern at Money, Men's Vogue, Popular Mechanics and the New York Daily Ne... Full Bio

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