On December 8th, just a hair over five months after Verizon and Motorola introduced us to the Droid 3, they are going to be back at it with the aptly named Droid 4. This time around they are delivering both LTE and a dual-core processor to the keyboard slider loving masses on Verizon.

The full spec rundown is as follows:

  • 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (Likely the TI OMAP 4430)
  • 4-inch qHD Display
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 16 GB Storage
  • 8MP Rear camera with 1080p video capture
  • “HD” Front-facing webcam
  • 1785 mAh battery
  • LTE
  • Micro HDMI, Micro USB, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Micro SIM and MicroSD

The new Droid bears a striking resemblance inside and out to the recently released Droid RAZR (from the front anyway, don’t give it a complex by comparing profile shots). Just like it’s more svelte sibling it will come running Android 2.3 and will feature the same smart actions software found in the RAZR for all your battery saving and task automating needs.

The Droid 4 does have some tricks up its slider beyond that five row keyboard though. It one ups the Droid RAZR by offering a Micro SIM for those that require a world phone and also giving users the ability to expand via the MicroSD slot hidden under the cover. One interesting thing to note is that there’s a small tool needed to remove the back cover, but considering how infrequently you should be needing to access that back compartment it shouldn’t present too much of a hardship.

So all in all the Droid 4 presents quite a solid package, it’s just a 720p screen away from being in a dead heat with the top devices on Verizon.

However, the Droid 4 also serves as a perfect capper to the bizarre year we have seen from Motorola on Verizon. The Droid Bionic being so quickly supplanted by the Droid RAZR was perhaps understandable based on the rather extraordinary circumstances surrounding the Bionic development and launch, but we don’t have any such tale associated with the Droid. We Android users have come to expect that our device will be surpassed in a few weeks or months, but it’s usually at least by another manufacturer or on another carrier, not the next version in the same product line.

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