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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx promises pumped-up battery life

Motorola beefs up its ultrathin Droid Razr Android phone with a better-performing battery and only slightly thicker build in the Droid Razr Maxx.

LAS VEGAS--I honestly thought there was little room to improve the ultrathin and very compelling Droid Razr.

Motorola has upped the ante, though, saying it will ship a new version with enhanced battery life, calling it the Droid Razr Maxx.

The original Droid Razr managed to squeeze in a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, gorgeous 4.3-inch Super AMOLED HD-resolution screen, plus 4G LTE radio into its svelte frame. Its one Achilles' heel, though, is the device's battery, which provided decent but not stellar run time.

To shore up this weak spot, Motorola pledges that the new Droid Razr Maxx will boast a long 21-hour talk time, almost double the rated longevity of the original Droid Razr. Despite packing a beefier battery, the phone still keeps its trim 0.35-inch profile. All the other great features of the Droid Razr will be here, too, including an 8-megapixel camera and Webtop functionality.

To spice things up further, Motorola also announced a new purple hue of the stock Droid Razr, which is also available in white and black color schemes. While the Droid Razr will cost $199, the Droid Razr Maxx will have a hefty $299 sticker price. Both devices, though, will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box but plans of an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich are in the works. You shouldn't have to wait too long for them, either, since the phones are expected to hit stores in the coming weeks. We'll have hands-on pictures and video soon as well.