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It didn't take long for Verizon to figure out the obvious, which is that $300 is a bit more than some people are willing to pay for a high-end device, even the Droid RAZR. Now you don't have to. Big Red has gone and launched a new SKU for $200 (with a 2-year service contract), pricing the smartphone in more reasonable territory. It's the exact same phone, just with less storage.
Verizon took out the 32GB microSD card in the $200 model, leaving users with 16GB of onboard memory to play with. The microSD card slot is still there, so if you want the additional storage, you're still better off grabbing the lower price SKU and picking up a storage card on your own. A quick glance on Newegg shows 32GB Class 4 cards going for $32 shipped and Class 10 cards for $35 and up. Even a Level 1 Online Shopper should still come out at least $50 ahead, and potential quite a bit more if pick up a 16GB card.
As a refresher, the Droid RAZR is an Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) device upgradeable to Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It measures 7.1 thin, uses Corning Gorilla Glass, and features a 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera with 1080p HD video capture, HDMI output, 4G LTE, and various other amenities.
One thing to keep in mind is that Verizon is getting ready to release the Droid RAZR Maxx, basically the same phone but with a bigger battery. The upcoming introduction of the Maxx, likely at $300, might be why Verizon ultimately decided to slightly downgrade the existing RAZR.
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