Motorola RAZR MAXX boast 21 hour battery life (CES)

The Motorola Droid Razr is one of the few high-end smartphones that we haven’t yet had our hands on, but by all accounts it is one of the best phones available on Verizon. It also is the thinnest phone out (though the Huawei Ascend P1 S will soon take that spot), but there was one thing that made a lot of people wary about purchasing the Droid Razr: no removable battery. Apple may have that restriction with the iPhone, but at least there are Apple stores available all over the country. The Razr doesn’t have significantly better battery life than the competition, but the non-removable battery helped make it so thin.

Now Motorola wants to up the ante by saying “screw how thin the phone is, let’s boost battery life.” That’s where the Razr Maxx comes in, with 21 hours of battery life. What sort of battery life, I don’t know, but saying 21 hours period is an important metric nonetheless. The 9mm phone will be otherwise identical to the current Droid Razr, meaning the same processor, same LTE, same screen…everything but the battery life.

Will there be any interest for such a device? Absolutely. If the 21 hours of battery life is call time, or constant data usage, or almost anything but idle time, then that extra 1.9mm of thickness will make the phone far better to use, not just for day to day operation, but in the long run altogether. The biggest problem with today’s smartphones, in my opinion, is battery life. If Motorola has been able to solve that problem, not just before other smartphone makers but before Apple, then Google doesn’t just have a real racehorse. They have a rocket chariot.

I’ll get a hands-on of the Droid Razr Max on Wednesday morning, though perhaps earlier as well. Stay tuned for an update then.

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  1. I know I’ll be waiting for a review of the Maxx.  I passed on the Bionic to see what the Razr would be, then passed on the Razer to see the Nexus, but the RazrMaxx might be the one.  You can’t stay on top of the curve for long, so I’m waiting for the phone that will keep me there the longest.  Two year contracts make it hard to to trade up every two weeks for the latest cool stuff.

    1. Totally understandable. The Galaxy Nexus is a solid phone, but battery life is meh (still testing, review coming sometime next week depending on CES coverage). The Razr is also good, but no point in getting it now with the Maxx. If you’re sticking with Verizon, the Maxx may be a good handset to wait for. Stay tuned for a hands-on.

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