The smartphone market is definitely starting to heat up in the run up to the holiday season and Motorola has just re-launched its RAZR, although this time we're looking at quite a difference device than we did the first time around. The only commonalty between the two devices is the slim profile and it's actually quite amazing that Motorola has managed to create a smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display that measures a mere 7.1mm thick, albeit at its thinnest point.

The smartphone market is definitely starting to heat up in the run up to the holiday season and Motorola has just re-launched its RAZR, although this time we're looking at quite a difference device than we did the first time around. The only commonalty between the two devices is the slim profile and it's actually quite amazing that Motorola has managed to create a smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Advanced display that measures a mere 7.1mm thick, albeit at its thinnest point.

The new Android powered RAZR doesn't quite sport the same iconic design as the original RAZR, but it has the potential of becoming an equally big success. Beyond the already mentioned screen, the new RAZR sports Gorilla glass, a Kevlar and aluminium housing with a stainless steel "core" and something known as Motorola Splash Guard which is meant to be some kind of nanotechnology coating that helps prevent accidental liquid splash damage. Some pretty neat features and we haven't even gotten to the hardware part yet.

At the heart of the RAZR is a dual core TI OMAP 4430 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz with PowerVR SGX540 graphics. The processor has been paired up with 1GB of what should be dual-channel LPDDR2 memory. The US version called the Droid RAZR comes with 16GB of integrated storage memory, but the built in storage for the international version wasn't mentioned in the press release, so we'll just have to wait and see what Motorola will offer the rest of the world.

Other features include Wi-Fi (no specifics were mentioned, but we'd except 2.4GHz 802.11n at least), Bluetooth 4.0 low energy, GPS, an 8Megapixel rear camera with 1080p video recording and image stabilization (most likely digital), a front facing camera for video calls, a micro HDMI and a micro USB port, a microSD card slot and a battery good for 12.5 talk time and 8.9h video playback, at least on the US LTE equipped Droid RAZR.

Motorola has also kitted out the RAZR with Android 2.3.5 and an app called MOTOCAST which creates your own "personal cloud" on a PC of your choice which allows you to share files easily from that computer. Motorola has also added a range of business features to the RAZR to give business users secure access to their corporate email, calendar and addresses for example.

Motorola also announced a range of accessories for the RAZR, such as the new 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with its own dedicated webcam, as well as Ethernet, USB, audio and D-sub connectors, the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, a Webtop dock, a car dock, Bluetooth keyboards, chargers, power packs, Bluetooth headsets and a peculiar accessory called the smart controller. The smart controller isn't quite as fancy as it sounds, as it's pretty much a custom made Bluetooth touch pad for the RAZR that allows you to control it when connected to an HDTV in pretty much the same way you'd control it via the touch screen. The touchpad even has the standard menu, home, back and search Android buttons on it.

Last, but not least Motorola also announced the MOTOACTV, a compact MP3 player cum exercise companion with a tiny 1.6-inch screen coated with Gorilla glass. It's available in either 8GB or 16GB, has a built in FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0 and ANT+ support as well as a GPS. It weighs in at a mere 35g and is said to have a battery life good for five hours of outdoors usage (with the GPS enabled) and 10h of indoors usage. In the US the 8GB model will retail for US$249, with the 16GB model going for US$299. There was no word on pricing for the RAZR itself, but it'll start shipping in the US next month.

For Singapore, the Motorola RAZR is coming to all three main local telecommunications operators’ customers from early November.

Update: Apparently we're looking at a TI OMAP 4460 and not a 4430, early specs were slightly off here.

Source: Motorola