It’s a wonder how the Motorola DROID 4 has managed to take so long to hit Verizon retail stores – especially since the accessories have been available from December 1, 2011. We had thought the device would release close to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, as both had been sharing similar rumored dates. Considering the DROID 4 just landed on, the release is bound to be right around the corner.

DroidLife has stumbled across some insider information that has confirmed a Thursday, February 9 release date. It won’t debut at $299.99 like many of their others – but instead carry a $199.99 pricetag (with a 2 year contract). We had some hands-on time with the Droid 4 way back at CES, and it could be the perfect QWERTY smartphone sporting 4G LTE.

In case you may have missed the specs, the DROID 4 will sport a 1.2GHz dual-core processor – and retain the 4″ sized screen many have grown to love through its 3 other generations. It is running the same 2.3.6 OS as the current DROID RAZR, so by the time 4.0 rolls out, maybe it will be compatible on both within a similar timeframe. Those of you holding out for this bad boy can certainly make it a few more days!

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[via DroidLife]