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Droid Razr HD & Droid Razr Maxx HD problem could push back launch

If you’re in the U.S. and a Verizon customer then you may very well be looking forward to the release of the Motorola Droid RAZR HD or the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX HD that were officially revealed by Motorola early in September. The only news that Motorola had given out about a launch date was that they would both be available in time for the holiday season. Today though we are hearing that the launch for the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD may be pushed back because of antenna problems.

Response from readers to our previous articles on these handsets show a lot of interest so this news may alarm some who are planning to get their hands on either phone or add them to their holiday wish lists. The Motorola Droid RAZR M was also announced for Verizon at the same time as the Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD but is the only one that has been released so far and this may have made some wonder why the other two handsets haven’t yet seen the light of day. It seems now that it could be because of an issue with the antenna sizes and positions whereby the signal can degrade as the antennas can touch the edges of the device.

It’s significant perhaps that the Droid RAZR M that has already hit the shelves has a larger LTE antenna along with a different placement, measuring 18.9mm x 37mm and located at the top of the device. The Droid RAZR HD on the other hand has a far smaller antenna measuring just 10.5mm x 30mm, which is positioned at the bottom of the device, according to Phone Arena, sourced from HowardForums. The Main Antenna size is also different on these devices.

It seems that Motorola is endeavoring to still get the Droid RAZR HD and Droid RAZR MAXX HD to the shelves by the holiday season although it’s noted that they may miss the popular Black Friday spot. It seems as though Motorola is rather beleaguered at the moment if the reports on antenna problems are accurate. Consumers don’t like to be kept waiting for a new device, especially when there are such a lot of alternative choices on the market and also Motorola has been receiving criticism for the time it takes to roll out Android updates.

We’d like to hear from readers about this. Are you waiting for either the Motorola Droid RAZR HD or Droid RAZR MAXX HD on Verizon? If so, how much longer are you prepared to wait? We’d appreciate your comments on this.

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45 thoughts on “Droid Razr HD & Droid Razr Maxx HD problem could push back launch”

    1. Reply
      AJNYY says:

      Where on this Earth is this silly,uninformed, naively followed island of yours you call “Motorola is ULTIMATE before all” land? I’m sorry to say say but your statements don’t hold weight of a marble on a impenetrable submarine on water.If you haven’t heard news of late, this so called ruler of all other phones screwed over 3 different groups of loyal Motorola customers when they chose not to upgrade the photon, electrify, and atrix to a fairly understandable and outdated operating system meanwhile locking the boot loader? I’m a Bionic owner and there is no way that I could say somethg so jaded as Motorola being considered remotely close to them being the best at anything when shady things like that are CURRENTLY happening.

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    higabyte says:

    I was having trouble trying to decide which phone to go with, Maxx HD or Galaxy Note II. Guess this issue just made the choice for me… Galaxy Note II.

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    K. Salama says:

    I have really been anticipating this device and am intrigued by the new OS, the long battery life, and overall aesthetics. the Galaxy S3 with its touch wiz is a close second however. If this device is going to be delayed like the Bionic, I may just go with the S3.

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    Harvey says:

    I will wait as long as required. Droid Razr HD Maxx is going to be the best phone on the market. I am amazed that more manufacturers have not created smartphones with the battery life of the Maxx!

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    AB says:

    i was happy to hear it was coming on october, i was decided in buying the device but i might not now…. Now that google is the owner of motorola, i hope they dont lag it like them….

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    Brucelee says:

    Well now that google owns Motorola they should step up their game I was going to buy a razr maxx hd but I do not like waiting I can settle for many 4g phones but I was happy to hear a new razr coming out in maybe in October right when I have an upgrade but I’m not to sure ill wait that long for them and if the rumor is true and they don’t make Black Friday that is really bad for business not many people like to wait after Black Friday so they won’t get as many sells as they plan to

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    Sean says:

    I am a current Bionic owner and I love this phone…. When I heard about the RAZR MAXX HD I couldn’ t wait for that screen. I can wait how ever long I’m gonna buy it out right, gotta keep that unlimted data :-). as long as they get the antenna fixed. I’m in…

  7. Reply
    GuitarShogun says:

    I’ll wait, especially since I’m completely fed up with my Galaxy SIII. Between the poor antenna, horrible gmail layout, flimsy build, and slur of manufacturer issues(latest one is phone crashes and shuts down when pressing the home button resulting in a battery pull, 2-3 times per day) I’m definitely in need of a change. Does it have tons of features? Yes. Is it much too difficult to use for quick everyday use? Definitely. Hopefully GSIII resale value stays strong until the Maxx HD release!

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    JC says:

    I was up for an update in June. I have waited for the Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx this whole time. I checked obsessively as the Samsung Galaxy and the iPhone came out and still feel like the HD Maxx was the way to go. However with even a further delay I am not sure I want to wait another couple of months. The Galaxy might be my choice just because I don’t want to wait any further without Motorola giving an official release date. If I had something solid to go by from them I would probably continue to wait.

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    Impatiently Patient says:

    I’m trying to hold out for the Razr Maxx HD, but my wife just got an iPhone 5 and I have to admit, it’s pretty sweet! If I can’t preorder by the end of October, I’m going to go Apple.

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    Stan Silva says:

    I am a Droid Bionic owner. The wait on this phone was very painful. The wait for Adroid 4.0 is painful. Sure like what I see in the Razr Maxx HD but it will be wait and see for me. It will be interesting to see how this “fix” plays out. On one hand glad that they found the issue now and not after the phone was released. But it concern me that the design error even happen to begin with. Doesn’t look good for their design group. :-(. Now it will be interesting on their path to get it corrected, time its going to take to get the fix completed and how well they communicate to the public on all the above. They did a horrible job on the Bionic (and still are) with all these items, I want to
    see if they improve. If they don’t then I move on to another manufacture of
    cell phones.

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    Dave Reimer says:

    I currently own a DROID BIONIC love it! Can’t wait for the RAZR. MAXX HD!,but
    personally; for perfection in performance they should use the best ( largest antennae ) design and have it where the case design does not hinder the strongest signal one bit! Call quality, resolution and camera quality; and internet signal strength should rule over the I Phone no matter what! DROID ALWAYS SHOULD! Please always keep them chasing after you in perfection in innovation and superior quality. Keep this happy, faithful DROID customer happy and proud to return?!

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    rpmtoohigh says:

    I’m due to upgrade in February. I can wait till then for them to get it right or else I might be tempted by the galxay III

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    Batman says:

    This is a great phone and will make me decide if I go to Verizon or stay on straight talk. however I am still thinking about Nokia Lumia 920. I probably won’t make my decision till both of them come out. The battery, durability and the moto blur are my high points on maxx hd, however lumia has wireless charging, the best smartphone camera, the best ppi screen, and extremely responsive os. Those are the points I’m deciding between. Nokia also has high durability but maxx hd still seems more sturdy. the sooner they release, the sooner I can stop druling.

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    John W says:

    I’m currently using the Droid Razr
    (which I regret, because the Razr Maxx came out not long after) Overall I like
    my Razr while the battery last, but too often it dies before my work day ends.
    I find myself wanting the Razr Maxx HD but I’m not sure how much longer I can
    wait.

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    Jay says:

    Ive never had a phone longer than a year and I’m up on 2.5 years on my Droid X that still kicks ass. I want these to come out asap so I can upgrade! They need to hurry the hell up. I heard that Samsung is releasing another new phone in Jan and Apple is already here.

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    eric says:

    im hating motorola more and more. i have already been waiting for this since march, and now they want me to wait longer??? about to move on.

  17. Reply
    Rafael-BR says:

    I’m a Current owner of iPhone 4, I’m waiting for the MAXX HD since september, and I will wait till it’s release, so I can finaly get rid of Apple kingdom of illusion, however the iPhone served me fine, Motorola phone is better built in matter of material resistance, and battery endurance on it’s Maxx version, I’m not willing to charge the phone twice a day as required by iPhone again.

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    RandyCalifornia says:

    I just bought an iPhone 5 and absolutely HATE it. I planned to give it my wife and get the Razer MAX HD as she is eligible for an upgrade. The Verizon ‘chat’ agent was pushing me to pull the trigger today but it would have been for another model (NOT HD). Buyer Beware! Glad I stumbled upon this web site. I’ll wait!

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    Jimmy says:

    I hate waiting.. My current phone is falling apart and I desperately need a new phone.. I’m a Sprint customer but I’m looking forward to switching to Verizon and getting the Maxx HD but I’m not sure I can wait until late November, or December.. My contract with Sprint ended nearly two years ago and so I’m free to switch whenever I feel like it and I wasn’t sure what phone I wanted to get until I saw this one.. Now that I found the phone I want and my current phone is dying, I have to wait two or three months to get it? Argh…. I guess I’ll do what I have to do. There really isn’t anything else on the market that I like right now… It would be nice if Verizon could sign a person up for the Maxx HD, but give them a regular Maxx to use while we wait. Then let us trade up when it comes in. Wishful thinking.. I know.. 🙂

  20. Reply
    Roger says:

    I went from droid charge to galaxy s3 and dislike the whole hdmi adapter setup which 1) needs the charger to be plugged in and 2) the output display is unstable and poor quality. My droid charge did 1080i display and all apps worked flawless. Hdmi2hdmi is the way to go. Will be purchasing maxx hd unsubsidized.

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    DavidB23 says:

    Perhaps the delay will allw them to be released with Jellybean. Releasing phones this late with ICS would just be ridiculous.

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    anskyman says:

    never mind the Razr HD Maxx….when will the owners of the first Razr Maxx receive the bug fixes for our phone????? I got my phone in January and waited almost 7 months for the upgrade to ICS….when it finally arrived around the end of June it created all sorts of instability issues with my phone….now we are into October and the promised fixes have still not arrived….the latest “rumor” because they are not open and honest….is that it will come 4th Quarter 2012…..
    Lets see, I get my phone in january 2012…..it comes with gingerbread with promises for ICS….ICS comes and then there are promises for bug fixes….By the time I have my phone for a year (if the bug fix actually arrives by january….) I will still not have a phone operating properly…
    How about less phones so you can give us stability on the ones you do make, Motorola?

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    Bye-onic says:

    Had a Bionic and was looking forward to the HD Maxx. I’ve given up on the idea of ICS coming out for the Bionic any time soon and frankly I’m not sure it’s even going to solve the connectivity issues. When I read about the delay for the HD I figured we’re probably about to go through another Bionic fiasco with endless delays and connectivity issues. I’ve always liked the build quality of Motorola, so I went ahead and got a Razr Maxx. I figure it still has a good display, faster processor and much better battery life than my Bionic and so far hasn’t had the conectivity issues the Bionic had. I have the unlimited data plan and figured I’ll be paying full retail for phones from here on out. I’ll wait until Motorola comes out with a 2 GHz processor with 2 Gbyte of RAM and an HD screen and at least a 3300 mAh battery before considering another phone.

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    innovator1 says:

    I currently own the original Droid RAZR, and am kicking myself for not waiting 6 more months for the MAXX. My biggest gripe is battery life on the RAZR, so the MAXX was the obvious “next step” for me. I’m hoping to get the HD MAXX but I’m hearing so much about the GSIII that I’m considering that one as well. It will depend on the speed of the processor and the availability of cases (yes, that’s important to me) as to which one I go with. I’ll give it another 6 months before looking in earnest.

  25. Reply
    Bob Kanoosh says:

    Alert! The Razr M DOES HAVE an antenna or 4G reception problem. Google it. Many, many posts. I returned mine.

  26. Reply
    Kevin says:

    Went to Verizon store today to get the Razr Maxx HD. Left with Galazy S III. Too bad. Google better kick Motorola into business shape.

  27. Reply
    Dave-518 says:

    I upgraded to the Droid RAZR MAXX literally a day before the HD was announced. Obviously I returned the RAZR, and I’m back to my old Thunderbolt. Going from the Thunderbolt to the RAZR was quite an upgrade, but going back to the Thunderbolt from the RAZR is cruel and unusual punishment! The HD MAXX can’t hit the market soon enough as far as I’m concerned! I desperately need to get rid of this dated phone! =/

  28. Reply
    gramail says:

    I currently have a Droid X and it is dying slowly. Been trying to decide between the razor max and the Galaxy Note 2. Whichever phone it’s the market first is probably the 1 I’m going to get

  29. Reply
    CAC says:

    Will Razr Maxx HD have the same screen fragility issues I’ve been reading about with the Razr & Razr Maxx?

  30. Reply
    Evilguppy says:

    Well, I am really REALLY frustrated with my Iphone4S right now and I am ready to toss it any minute, however, I want the Razr Maxx HD because I need everything it offers. So I’ll wait. And wait. And wait. BUT… If Motorola hasn’t released it by the holidays and something comparable comes along, they might lose me as a customer. I need a phone I can live with.

  31. Reply
    John says:

    yeah, and wait for broken promises with updates. Droid Razrs and Maxxs are going to be left in the dust. And who knows the M will suffer the same fate as the Bionic and drop off the map after the HD series comes out.

    Moto doesn’t keep their words on updates. If you think google owning Moto will change this, then ask Atrix 4G, Photon, and Bionic owners. We got royally screwed!

  32. Reply
    luis says:

    Boa noite a todos. estou no Brasil e por ca a espera e anciedade e muito grande. porem vou aguardar o lançamento ,custe o tempo que custar . Um abraço para os amigos USA.

  33. Reply
    stefan says:

    I m Form germany andere i own Thema razr hdl because in germanxy you can buy IT @ o2 online since aproxx 2 Werk. There are no antenna issues perfect phone i uploaded in YouTube Hand in compared Tor defy

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