Fear not, those of you who hate typing on touchscreens, because Motorola’s finally given its long-awaited Droid 4 smartphone a release date. The QWERTY keyboard-equipped phone will be available on Feb. 10 for $199.99 with a new two-year contract from Verizon Wireless.
Motorola boasts that the Droid 4 is “the thinnest and most powerful 4G QWERTY smartphone measuring at less than half an inch thin.” Sadly, it can’t boast that it comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Verizon claims that the upgrade from Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich will be made available later in an update.
The Droid 4 isn’t terribly different from the Droid 3, which was released back in July. The phone features a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, a 4-inch qHD display and an 8-megapixel camera. The biggest change will be access to 4G LTE coverage and the less cumbersome design.
The Droid 4 is also compatible with Motorola’s Lapdock 500, which essentially lets you use your smartphone as a laptop, complete with 14-inch HD display and full keyboard. You can also plug it directly into an HDTV to give a presentation or bore neighbors with the 1080p HD video you took in Hawaii.
Verizon Wireless talk plans start at $39.99 a month, with data packages starting at an additional $30 a month for 2GB of data.