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Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX live first look

Gallery by Michael Oryl on Tuesday January 10, 2012.

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Motorola announced the new DROID RAZR MAXX for Verizon Wireless at CES 2012 yesterday, and we were able to get some hands-on time with the new device.

It's not often that we see a new version of a phone that is thicker than the previous model, but the RAZR MAXX is just that. Growing from the 7.1mm thickness of the DROID RAZR to 8.99mm, the RAZR MAXX gains a much larger battery for improved stamina. So much improved, in fact, that Motorola says it can last for 21 hours of talk time before it needs to be recharged. Otherwise, its the same DROID RAZR as before, with a 4.3-inch, qHD (540 x 960 pixel) Super AMOLED display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. The DROID RAZR MAXX runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, but Verizon says that it will be upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the future.

While the only obvious change in the device from your hand and eye's perspectives are the increased thickness of the device, the overall feel and sex appeal of the original DROID RAZR are lessened as a result. I can certainly get behind the huge battery that the MAXX offers, but it certainly turns the RAZR MAXX into a far more pedestrian looking device than the original.

Still, I find that the qHD resolution display and the Kevlar rear cover panel work well, and the 1.2GHz dual-core processor remains more than adequate for the job at hand. While I didn't get a chance to test it, I imagine that the MAXX's LTE performance is just as good as the original, too.

Verizon Wireless will release the DROID RAZR MAXX in the coming weeks for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement.

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