Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and Nick Summers is a technology journalist for The Next Web. He writes on all sorts of topics, although he has a passion for gadgets, apps and video games in particular. You can reach him on Twitter, circle him on Google+ and connect with him on LinkedIn.
Motorola has unveiled two new Android smartphones today, the RAZR D1 and D3, which will be launched in Brazil over the coming weeks.
The two new devices, which will supplement Motorola’s low-end and mid-range offerings, follows a teaser poster on Facebook, spotted by Android Authority earlier today.
The RAZR D3 is the more impressive of the two, offering a 4-inch touch screen – protected by scratch resistant Corning Glass – a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM.
It also houses a 2,000 mAh battery, 4GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot, which supports up to 32GB of additional storage.
The RAZR D3 runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), although Motorola has emphasized that it’s “guaranteed” to receive a software upgrade when the next version of Android is released. That’s not surprising, however, given Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility.
The device will be available in either black or white, as well as a single or dual-SIM version. There’s no word yet on the resolution of the front or rear-facing camera, although we’ve reached out to Motorola to find out more.
The RAZR D1 offers lower-end hardware, albeit at a far more affordable price point. The 3.5-inch touch screen comes without any reputable protection, and it runs on a modest 1GHz processor with just 1GB of RAM.
The battery has been lowered to a 1,785 mAh version, although there’s the same 4GB of internal memory and microSD card slot found on the RAZR D3.
Available in black and white, the RAZR D1 spec sheet also mentions “analogical and digital TV”, an optional extra which will presumably give owners access to basic television networks in Brazil.
The latest offering also runs on Android 4.1, with a guaranteed software upgrade to what we assume is Android version 5, codenamed Key Lime Pie. Of course, there’s always a chance they’re referring to Android 4.2, which would be a pretty incremental upgrade.
Pricing and availability
Both these devices are designed to offer competitive hardware at an affordable price point. To reflect this, the RAZR D1 is being sold at R$ 549 ($278 USD) and is available today via various online stores operating in Brazil. The RAZR D3, meanwhile, will be available “in several weeks” at a recommended price of R$ 799 ($406 USD).
There’s no word yet on an international release, although the fact that Motorola said Brazil “is the first country” to welcome the devices suggests it will be launched elsewhere in the future.
Get the TNW newsletter
Get the most important tech news in your inbox each week.