The Droid Gets Super Sized– Meet the All New Motorola Droid X
We had a feeling this was on the way, and now Motorola, Google, and Verizon have confirmed the rumors of this beast of a phone with their official announcement of the Motorola Droid X. And when I say beast of a phone, I MEAN beast of a phone.
When the first Droid came out it was THE Verizon phone, and the Droid X look to keep up with that legacy quite nicely.
Just on a raw hardware power the Droid X is insane. Check it:
- Large 4.3 inch multitouch screen and crazy thin design— Seriously, look at how thin this is!
- Android 2.1 with updated MOTOBLUR, with Android 2.2 Coming Later This Summer– As was rumored, this new MOTOBLUR is much nicer than the older MOTOBLUR found on older phone like the Devour, Backflip or Cliq. Unlike on those phones, this new MOTOBLUR is much less “in your face,” offering the same social connection without having to dominate your homescreen (as seen in the top pic). And Android 2.2, when it comes later this summer is also pretty sick, as it plans to bring along the full Adobe Flash 10.1 (like the one found on your computer!) so you have access to the true full web.
- 3G, WiFi and GPS (including Google Maps Navigation)– with the ability to turn this into a 3G mobile WiFi hotspot for connecting up to 5 other devices (a separate $20 on top of the required $30 unlimited data plan, and this hotspot plan only allows you to share 2 GB per month among the devices over this hotspot feature).
- 1 GHZ processor— Just like all the latest smartphones such as the HTC Droid Incredible and EVO 4G, the Droid X is packing some serious speed.
- 8 GB of built in storage, with 16 GB microSD card also included in the box– The 8 GB of built in storage is used just for storing apps, with the 16 GB microSD card (upgradable to 32 GB) for music, pix and videos. The fact that you get both is really great.
- 8 megapixel camera with autofocus, dual flash, and 720p HD recording capability— Like on other high-end phones such as EVO and Droid Incredible. The Droid X however, also adds super slow-mo recording capability (always nice and should make videos even more fun), and you also can display video from the Droid X to your HDTV using the mini-HDMI port on the phone.
Motorola has also outfitted this bad boy with 2 different onscreen keyboards that should make the horrible Android standard keyboard a thing of the past. You have a choice of either Motorola’s new multitouch keyboard or the popular Swype keyboard as pre-installed choices, two things we’re really happy to see.
What this means to you
Arguably the best news for Verizon users today is the fact that anyone– ANYONE– with an upgrade date between now and December 31st, 2010 can upgrade not only to the new Droid X, but to any smartphone RIGHT NOW! Sure this may be a move to stop people from jumping to a certain blue rival’s new iPhone tomorrow, but we’re nonetheless really happy to see Verizon bumping up upgrade dates– and some competition never hurt anyone right?
Back to the Droid X though– if you were looking for a high-end Droid on Verizon and wanted one with a huge screen and guaranteed support for Android 2.2 soon, then the Droid X may be your match. It’s huge 4.3 inch screen and sleek design make it something that will surely grab attention from your iPhone 4 toting friends, and the 8 megapixel camera, 24 GB of combined out of the box storage, Android 2.2 and Flash make it even better (though Motorola, Google and Verizon have not released a specific date for when Android 2.2 and Flash will hit the Droid X beyond “late summer”).
The Droid X will be available next month starting on July 15th, for $199.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan. You can check out Motorola’s official Droid X site here.