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Motorola will be ‘on display’ at Sept. 5 NYC event

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Motorola and Verizon Wireless just sent out “save the date” notices for an event at starting at 2 p.m. on Sept. 5 in New York City. (We guess that they don’t care that Nokia and Microsoft are unveiling their Windows Phone 8 Lumias earlier that morning.)

The companies will likely show off the long-rumored Droid Razr HD, which is said to boast a 720p HD resolution. Since the invite points to a singular main event, we’re not expecting any other new products alongside the Razr HD (Motorola hasn’t released a new tablet since the disappointing Droid Xyboard earlier this year).

Motorola Mobility announced last week that it would soon cut 4,000 workers and focus on fewer device as part of Google’s reinvention of the company. In Google’s recent Q2 earnings, Motorola Mobility reported an operating loss of $233 million on $1.25 billion in revenues (10 percent of Google’s total revenues).

After struggling for so long, I can’t imagine that Motorola has had time to develop a truly groundbreaking smartphone or tablet, but we’re excited to see if “Droid does” again. VentureBeat will be on the ground at the event, so stay tuned for more.


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