01/10/2012 01:13 am ET

Droid 4 Announced By Verizon At CES 2012

Verizon on Monday took the Motorola Droid 4 smartphone off the leash ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

This fourth-generation Droid smartphone will be available for use on Verizon's 4G LTE network. According to a spec sheet published by GDGT, the device will run Google's Android 2.3 OS (aka Gingerbread) and will feature a 4-inch screen with a resolution of 960x540 pixels, a slide-out LEd-lit QWERTY keyboard, a front-facing webcam and an 8-megapixel rear-facing webcam that can record 1,080p video.

The Droid 4 will be built around a 1.2GHz CPU powered by 1GB of RAM. As for storage space, the phone is packing up to 16GB, plus room for a 32GB microSD card.

Engadget has posted a press release promising that the half-inch-thick device will receive an upgrade from Gingerbread to Ice Cream Sandwich, though there were no details on an exact date. Nor were an official price or release date given, although Verizon's promised the Droid 4 will be available in Verizon stores and online "in the coming weeks."

Some have already begun to guess at how much the Droid 4 will cost. SlashGear, for example, postulates that the device will be priced around $250 when it finally does go on sale.

Verizon and Motorola in November announced the Droid RAZR smartphone, which is similar in shape to the Droid 4 but is much slimmer, measuring just over 7mm thick. At its debut, the Razr was touted as the thinnest device in its class; however, Huawei's Ascend P1 S, announced on the same day as the Droid 4, has recently usurped the RAZR as the "world's slimmest smartphone." The Ascend measures 6.68 mm thick.

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