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

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.

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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: Verizon, Hardware, Mobility, Wi-Fi

Andrew Nusca

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Andrew Nusca is a former writer-editor for ZDNet and contributor to CNET. During his tenure, he was the editor of SmartPlanet, ZDNet's sister site about innovation.

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

    Now make it $150, $200 with a dock, and leave out the encrypted bootloader....
    jred
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @jred Oh, and while we're dreaming... let's also add "gets at least 2 hours of battery life".
      eak2000
      • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

        @eak2000 @jred And don't forget the AV/anti-malware
        david-barnett@...
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @jred: Do you have a reading comprehension problem? What part of Government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts do you not get? Security and a device to tinker with are mutually exclusive. If you are so interested in technology, why don't you get some training and a "job" in the field instead instead of being a "hobbyist"?

      This is not the phone for me either because I don't like Android but at least I know how to read.

      I known exactly how to jailbreak/root my iPhone but I have absolutely no desire to do so. I prefer to have the security of BSD jails keeping all of the software running in their specified spaces and store limits.
      aristotle_z
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @jred
      Might I suggest some familiarization coursework in Hardware/Programming to enable communication at a level above a "consummer hobbyist". Check out Stanford's course on iPhone Application ProgrammingCS193P at http://see.stanford.edu/see/courses.aspx In all seriousness, it will give you a feeling for the complexity/cost curve and the meaning of your statement regarding the bootloader. You don't need to master the class, and yes I realize the class subject is iPhone. :-)
      gil@...
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @jred

      Apparently @aristotle_z and @gil aren't keeping up on their white hat reading list. encrypted boot loaders and BSD jails are not cutting it as a security mechanism. they only serve to enforce the walled garden approach to marketing and encourage a proliferation of mobile malware that end users are restricted from defending against. This has, unfortunately, lead to many noobs jail breaking but not securing their devices which only makes a bad situation worse.

      Since we don't participate in our Democracy we get SOTP and S. 968 when we sould be getting a choice of unlocked device or fully managed device where the fully managed device has security patches pushed out automatically.
      jerunamuck
  • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

    agree with jred
    michael@...
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @michael@ Did you go to school with him because you cannot read either apparently.
      aristotle_z
      • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

        @aristotle_z Perhaps you should show us where the Federal Information Processing Standard requires an Encrypted Boot loader... The article specifically says email, calendar, and Contacts but never once mentions this being at an OS level.

        Now honestly, unless the Encryption is hardware based, I cannot see putting a custom rom on it if you value security.
        slickjim
  • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

    If it doesn't already come with Ice Cream Sandwich it isn't worth the electronics built into it...because it is already obsolete. Sorry Droid 4...would rather wait until the "Official" ICS phones come out and not these pretenders.
    imkain@...
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @imkain@... How is it "obsolete" if it runs all the Android apps in existence? With Windows 8 "on the way", does that make Windows 7 obsolete?
      jgm@...
      • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

        @jgm@... it's not. ;)
        Mike Blumenstein
      • Ya Almost anyway.

        @jgm@... <br><br>Windows 7 apparently makes Android of any sweet flavor obsolete so ....god know what Windows 8 will do to everything else.
        Cayble
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @imkain@... there already is an "official" ICS phone out... here is a quick link for you http://shop.verizonwireless.com/?id=samsung%20nexus

      I have played with the Galaxy Nexus for a while now... anything notable with the Nexus can all be traced to software, not hardware. In some regards it's actually an inferior piece of hardware to the Razr and now the Droid 4. Don't judge a book by it's "software" cover. When Moto finally releases 4.0 to these phones they will be the superior handsets due to build quality alone... and may be the reason 4.0 is delayed a bit... because of the late release of the Galaxy Nexus... Verizon needs some time for sales to roll in on the "Official" ICS phone before they make IT obsolete. :)
      Mike Blumenstein
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @imkain@... I guess you cannot read either. It says comes with Gingerbread "now" will get ICS later. Everyone is still making their versions of ICS right now as soon as they are done this will have ICS too. Geesh!
      jefferyshall
  • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

    I just want a phone with a qwerty keyboard , a decent horizontal screen with good clear sound.
    My Nokia 9000 was perfect apart from the 12 hour battery life:-)

    I just want a modern replacement without the frills which most of us never,ever,use.
    michael@...
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @michael@... Right on. Too many bells and whistles these days and I don't think this Moto is going to get any battery life longer than 3-4 hours. Notice how they never mention battery life in the list of features.
      jm001
      • Ahem...

        @jm001

        Okay, now I'm butting in here.... wife and I recently moved from the LG Viewty's to the Optimus 1.0 (LG's apparently budget-level 'smart phone' offering). My wife if a texting queen, always in 'conversation' with one friend or another; myself I wanted a phone which could offer both a replacement for my Creative mp3 player, as well as offering mapping and cycle apps... both of us are new to Android or smart phones.

        For a budget phone we are both blown away, especially in regard to what it can do and how long the battery holds up. Now if our phones are considered 'budget level' I'd be slow to mock the 'Droid' arsenal without a fair test run guys... you might be left with egg on your faces!
        kaninelupus
  • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

    How about a worthwhile global phone for a change?
    omni1269
    • RE: CES 2012: Motorola debuts Droid 4; road warrior's delight

      @omni1269 My Droid 2 Global does the job.... its Verizon's overpriced global plans that have me avoiding it and using my laptop in the hotel for email and Skype instead.
      mccoigk