Droid 2 Gets Official, Launching Thursday with Froyo ;).
The biggest non-secret in the Android world is finally confirmed. Verizon has just announced the Motorola Droid 2, the official sequel to the phone that catapulted Android into mainstream consciousness last November. In addition to a completely redesigned keyboard (yay, raised keys and no crappy directional pad!), the Droid 2 will ship with Android 2.2 Froyo (with mobile hotspot at $20/month) and a Flash 10.1 player–an industry first, I believe. It’ll be available to pre-order tomorrow at $200 with a two-year contract, shipping on Thursday (also available in-store and at mall kiosks).
On the hardware side, there’s nothing too surprising, but this isn’t just a Droid X with a built-in keyboard.
Sure, it’s got the same 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor as the Droid X, as well as 512MB of RAM and 8GB of onboard memory (It’ll also ship with an 8GB microSD card for media and app storage). But this is actually a 3.7-inch phone, so it doesn’t use the same 4.3″ capacitive LCD as the Droid X. Both phones run at a native 854×480 WVGA resolution, though. Edit: The Droid 2 only has a 5MP camera, while the Droid X sports a bulgy 8MP cam.
The Droid 2 will ship with Swype as a keyboard alternative, which is a plus, but will also come with bundled software of questionable value (ahem, crapware) including NFL Mobile and Blockbuster on Demand.
At 4.58″ x 2.38″ x 0.54″, It’s just about the same size as the original Droid (4.56″ x 2.4″ x 0.54″), but is of course thicker than the Droid X’s 0.4″. The Droid 2 is expected to stretch the limits of the pants test, much like the Droid X.
Like with the Droid X, Verizon is allowing any customer whose contract expires before the end of this year to take advantage of the subsidized price.
Who said? Norman Chan said ;).