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A battery life boost is coming to one of Motorola`s flagship Android smartphones in the form of the Droid RAZR Maxx, but is adding another misspelt word onto the end of the name of the original and doubling the cell size enough to entice potential owners?

The Droid RAZR Maxx will feature a 3300mAh battery, which comes close to matching the kind of cell you might otherwise find on a tablet computer with a much larger display. However here it is under the skin of one of the world`s slimmest smartphones, powering a 4.3 inch AMOLED screen and a dual core processor.

Every type of statistic relating to mobile phones which is released by a manufacturer has to be taken with a pinch of salt. However, the Droid RAZR Maxx is claimed to have increased the amount of time you can use the handset for by a factor of two, which correlates exactly with the battery improvements.

With the original Droid RAZR you could expect to spend about four and a half hours continuously browsing the internet via Wi-Fi or 3G. Motorola is now claiming that its follow-up will give you eight and a quarter hours of online fun from a single charge, which is clearly a better deal.

When you compare this to other front running smartphones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and its three and a half hour web browsing battery drain time, the Droid RAZR Maxx looks even more impressive.

Perhaps the biggest achievement with the Droid RAZR Maxx is the fact that it features exactly the same chassis size and design as its predecessor, indicating that Motorola has found a way to squeeze in a much larger battery without impacting upon the external aesthetic elements.

Of course the Droid RAZR Maxx is likely to be overshadowed somewhat because of the recent news that the Samsung Galaxy S3 has been added to listings on its manufacturer`s official site, indicating its impending launch.

It had previously been reported that Samsung might be missing the intended launch window for the Galaxy S3 and not bringing it to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. However, eagle-eyed fans noted the addition of a model bearing its reported number of GT-I9300 on Samsung`s site, so all could not be lost.

The Galaxy S3 is thought to be arriving with a quad core processor, an enhanced camera and a larger screen than its predecessors. The display should also sport a high definition resolution, just like the Galaxy Nexus released at the end of 2011.

The Galaxy S3 has a lot to live up to, given that a quarter of the 50 million people who live in Samsung`s native South Korea bought the Galaxy S2 last year.

The Droid RAZR Maxx on the other hand is under a little less pressure, although the fact that Motorola posted major losses last year is certainly going to leave it looking for a big hit in 2012. This puts it in the same boat as RIM, whose BlackBerry deals have been regularly overlooked in favour of rival smartphones like the iPhone 4S.

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