We have a new rumor for the Motorola Droid RAZR HD and RAZR MAXX HD that might be painful to read. Just yesterday we got word that the phones may drop into retail stores on October 18th. Unfortunately, hot on the heels of that good news is this bad news. Supposedly, both phones have been delayed because of antenna problems.
The problem is supposedly related to the size and location of the antennas. Additionally, in this design, the antennas actually make contact with the external edges of the device. This is reportedly causing the signal to degrade over time as the user touches those areas. (This sounds remarkably like the whole "You are holding it wrong" incident with the iPhone.) Here's a quote with a few more details,
Of course we are crossing our fingers that the issue is just a rumor, or has already been resolved. We will keep you informed.For example, on the DROID RAZR M, the LTE antenna is located at the top the unit and measures 18.9mm width by 37.0mm length, but on the DROID RAZR HD the LTE antenna is located on the bottom and is only 10.5mm width by 30.0mm length. There is also a difference in size with the Main Antenna, which is used for Voice and 3G EVDO, but the DROID RAZR HD does have a second diversity SVDO TX antenna at the top.
Sources say that Motorola is working to correct the antenna issues on the DROID RAZR HD and MAXX HD and are still pushing for a holiday release, though it may not make it until after Thanksgiving/Black Friday. We hope that Motorola does the right thing and resolves this, as they don't want another poor-reception DROID BIONIC on their hands.