iPhone 4S Rival Alert : Motorola Droid 4 To Launch On February 9th For $199

The Motorola Droid 4 is expected to be launched on the 9th of February in the US on Verizon for $199 on a two year contract, the same as the super-skinny Motorola Razr.

A source told Droid-Life.com that the smartphone, which comes with a QWERTY keyboard, should arrive by this time next week, a rumour that is plausible as the Droid 4 - which surfaced at CES earlier this year - is listed as "coming soon".

The handset comes with 4G LTE connectivity, a dual core TI OMAP4 chipset, a 4-inch LCD touchscreen with a 960x540 pixel resolution, 16GB onboard storage, 1GB RAM, an eight megapixel camera with 1080p video recording and Android 2.3 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Verge described it as being "sleek" and "solid" and much improved over the Droid 3, helped by the laser-cut and LED-backlit keyboard.

The Droid 4 is likely to come to the market outside the US as a Motorola Milestone model and be at least as expensive as the Razr (around £400). Android handsets with a proper slide out physical QWERTY keyboard are far and few between, with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Pro and the two year old HTC Desire Z still on offer.