Droid Life has supposedly acquired the latest minimum advertised price (MAP) list from Verizon which now lists the upcoming Motorola Droid 4 as $199.99 USD with a 2-year contract. During CES 2012 earlier this month, the phone was reported to cost consumers a heftier $249.99 USD subsidized. Guess Verizon heard Jane's complaint over the "sweet spot" pricing.
As of Thursday, a number of Verizon phones also took a beatdown in price including the Droid Bionic with a new $149.99 tag, down from $199.99, and both the black and white versions of the 32 GB Droid Razr sporting a not-too-friendly (but better than $299.99) $279.99 tag. Unfortunately, that looks to be the only phones to get a tasty little reduction courtesy of Verizon.
Consumers waiting for the next Motorola Droid (vanilla) model will be in for a treat. The device will pack a roomy 5-row keyboard while measuring just half an inch thick. Under the 4-inch qHD TFT display will be a 1.2 GHz dual-core OMAP 4430 SoC from Texas Instruments, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and support for up to 32 GB of extra storage via microSD.
The Droid 4 will also be stuffed with an 8MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video capture, 4G LTE, a 1785 mAh battery, hotspot capabilities, and Android 2.3.5 "Honeycomb," with a 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" update on the way. The display will be protected by scratch and scrape resistant glass, and the phone itself will feature a water-repellent nanocoating for splash resistance.
Ultimately whether it's $249.99 or $299.99, the phone seems to be worth every subsidized penny. Unfortunately, Verizon would not confirm the price or provide an actual release date.