Telstra will exclusively launch two new 4G-capable Motorola Android phones in Australia before the end of the year, it was revealed today.
The Motorola RAZR HD and the RAZR M will exclusively be sold in Australia through Telstra and will hit the shelves sometime in Q4, Motorola said.
Both handsets were officially unveiled at a Motorola launch event in New York overnight, though the company is yet to announce specific local availability or pricing.
The Motorola RAZR HD and the RAZR M have similar internal specifications, but slightly differ in design and screen size. The RAZR HD has a large 4.7in screen with a 720p HD resolution of 1280x720, while the smaller RAZR M has a 4.3in screen.
Motorola says it pushed the screen as close as possible to the edge of the phones in order to maximise the screen without compromising on physical size.
Both the RAZR HD and the smaller RAZR M feature a gorilla glass screen, a Kevlar fibre backing and a splash-guard coating that makes the phones "water-repellent". In addition to the outside of the handsets, Motorola has also coated the internal components with the splash-guard material.
The Motorola RAZR HD and the RAZR M are both powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, have 1GB of RAM, feature a microSD card slot for memory expansion and have an 8-megapixel rear camera. Both models will initially ship with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software, but Motorola says an update to the latest 4.1 Jelly Bean version will arrive before the end of the year.
The new Motorola 4G smartphones come a little over a week after Telstra announced the expansion of its 4G mobile network coverage, promising to cover 66 per cent of the Australian population by mid-2013.
Current Telstra 4G smartphones sold in Australia include the HTC One XL, the HTC Velocity 4G, the Samsung Galaxy S II 4G and the HTC Titan 4G, while the telco confirmed earlier this week that the Samsung Galaxy S III 4G would be released in October.
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