Motorola Droid RAZR HD to Challenge Samsung Galaxy S3

Samsung seems to have hit a slam dunk with its latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S3. If the nine million international pre-orders it registered before its global launch wasn’t enough indication of this, the almost agonizing wait of North American buyers as shipping dates slip due to massive demand should definitely show the new smartphone’s popularity.

The South Korean manufacturer’s rivals haven’t been sitting still, however. For one, Motorola is expected to come out in the near future with its latest top-end Android handset, the Droid RAZR HD.

This upcoming handset is rumored to be equipped with a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset clocked at 1.5GHz, generally similar to the processor used in the North American release of the Galaxy S3. As the chipset suggests, the new smartphone should be compatible with 4G LTE networks. However, the Motorola Droid RAZR HD will only have 1GB of RAM, down an entire gigabyte from the Samsung Galaxy S3.

A relative oddity is the new RAZR HD’s rumored screen resolution. Unlike many of its potential competitors in the high-end space – including the Galaxy S3 – that have a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution, the Droid RAZR HD is expected to come with an 1196 x 720 display, with some touchscreen space likely dedicated to on-screen buttons.

A more important differentiator would be the Droid RAZR HD’s battery. It’s rumored to retain the RAZR MAXX’s massive 3300mAh power pack, dwarfing the Samsung’s 2100mAh battery. The device is expected to come with a 13-megapixel main camera.

There are plenty of details still missing, like screen size, pricing and the carriers that will offer the new device. The Motorola Droid RAZR HD is expected to be released later this year – probably in the fall – and we should get official confirmation on the specs in the coming months.