Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola official with QWERTY and LTE

Verizon has finally got around to launching the much-anticipated (and, for that matter, much-leaked) Motorola DROID 4, the Android device apparently taking the record for the "thinnest and most powerful 4G LTE QWERTY smartphone." Hiding a slide-out five-row QWERTY 'board behind a 4-inch qHD touchscreen, the DROID 4 has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, and runs Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread with an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade in the pipeline.

There's also an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, along with Mirror Mode for outputting the display on a TV. Plug in that way, and you can access the full Firefox browser and use the multi-window Webtop app; you can also dock the DROID 4 with the Lapdock 100 or Lapdock 500 Pro.

Despite the specs, the DROID 4 by Motorola is only 1/2-inch thick. It has mobile hotspot support for up to eight WiFi-tethered devices, and MotoCast for streaming multimedia and documents from your home or work computer.

The Verizon DROID 4 by Motorola will go on sale "in the coming weeks"; the carrier is yet to announce pricing, though we're guessing it'll be $200-250 with a new, two-year agreement.