Today Motorola unveiled their latest best-smartphone-of-the-month, the Verizon Droid RAZR. Hardware specs were what we expected, but there were a few surprises that led Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha to claim this is the “the best smartphone on the planet.”

Highlights of the Droid RAZR include 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced display with qHD resolution, 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor, 1GB RAM, thickness of only 7.1mm (“World’s thinnest smartphone”), 8 megapixel rear-camera with dual-LED flash and autofocus and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

Unfortunately, the Droid RAZR will still ship with a locked bootloader and the battery is not user replaceable this time around.

When it comes to software, the Droid RAZR will ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and Motorola’s don’t-call-it-Motoblur UI. No word was given about future support for Ice Cream Sandwich, but we can almost guarantee it will be coming to the device sometime next year via an over-the-air update.

Motorola also included new software called Smart Actions that can extend the battery life to an amazing 12.5 hours talk time or 8.9 hours of video playback. Smart Actions looks very similar to Locale in that it can automatically adjust your phone’s settings based on your location.

Verizon will begin pre-orders on October 27, and the device will be available in stores “in November” for the premium price of $ 299 with 2-year contract. For the global markets, the device will be called the Motorola RAZR and will also be available in November.

Fans of accessories will have plenty to choose from. Motorola will introduce the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100 and the 14-inch Lapdock 400, Smart Controller remote, wireless keyboard with trackpad, HD dock and vehicle navigation dock.

Overall, this truly does appear to be “the world’s best smartphone.” At least for another nine hours.

We have several boots on the ground in New York to check out the Droid RAZR, so be on the lookout for hands-on impressions later today. More as it develops…

Update: Here is a bonus hands-on video from Nilay Patel of This is my Next.


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