Motorola, Verizon set to launch Droid Razr M smartphone

Slates event in New York next week; device will cost $150 with two-year service, reports say

Motorola Mobility and Verizon Wireless have scheduled a press conference for Sept. 5 in New York City, reportedly to unveil a new Droid Razr M smartphone.

Reports in Engadget and BGR indicate that the Razr M will have a 4.3-in. Super Amoled Advanced display (1196 x 720 resolution) and a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S 4 processor.

The smartphone will run over 4G LTE networks and include a Near Field Communications chip, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and two cameras -- a 3 megapixel one in the front and an 8-megapixel model in the rear, the reports said.

The device will sell for $149.99 with a two-year contract, the reports said, putting its price tag at the low end for similar, often $200 or so smartphones.

The device will run a version of Android, either Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the reports said.

Google acquired Motorola Mobility in May.

Verizon refused to discuss plans for the event. Motorola didn't reply to a request for comment.

The Sept. 5 event follows one scheduled by Nokia and Microsoft where a Windows 8 smartphone is expected.

Samsung announced its Ativ S Windows 8 smartphone in Berlin on Wednesday.

Matt Hamblen covers mobile and wireless, smartphones and other handhelds, and wireless networking for Computerworld. Follow Matt on Twitter at @matthamblen, or subscribe to Matt's RSS feed . His e-mail address is mhamblen@computerworld.com.

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