We've been hearing quite a bit about the Droid 4 over the last few months, and it looks like Verizon has finally seen fit to give the device an official launch. First spotted way back in October, this Android phone was rumored to be launching alongside the Galaxy Nexus in December, but that never came to fruition and we haven't heard much about the phone since. All's well that ends well, though, as Verizon chose CES week to finally push the Droid 4 out of the nest.
Boasting a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.0-inch qHD display with scratch and scrape resistant glass, 16 GB on-board memory with support for up to 32 GB via microSD card, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, 4G LTE, and Android 2.3.5 (ICS update on the way), the Droid 4 is a pretty impressive Android device. There's also HDMI output supporting Mirror Mode, 4G LTE Mobile Hotspot capability that can handle up to eight Wi-Fi-enabled devices, water-repellent nanocoating for splash resistance, and even government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts.
However, the most notable feature is probably the full QWERTY keyboard and the fact that this phone manages to cram everything into a half-inch thick chassis despite the traditionally-bulky slide-out keypad. Perfect for BlackBerry lovers desperate to try Android or simply looking for a change.
"A full suite of accessory options extends the power of Droid 4 and allows consumers to work however they work best," Verizon said on Monday. "Accessories compatible with Droid 4 include the 10.1-inch Lapdock 100, 14-inch Lapdock 500 Pro with built-in webcam and Ethernet connection, HD Dock, HD Station and vehicle navigation mount."
Set for availability in the coming weeks, there's still no word on pricing or an official release date. Stay tuned and we'll keep you posted.
[Update] If you're looking for a place to buy Droid 4 accessories, you can find them here.