Remember the first Motorola Droid? Launched in the USA on the Verizon network it was accompanied by some excellent TV ads and had the added benefit that when an SMS was received, it said ‘droid‘ in an awesome, but slightly sinister way. The phone later came to the UK as the Motorola Milestone, and remains a very capable phone.
However, Motorola and Verizon have made the second Droid phone official this week, under the name of the Droid X. At a press conference in New York, Motorola, Google and Verizon representatives got up on stage and took us through the features of their new flagship device.
- A 4.3″ 480×854 pixel capacitive touchscreen.
- Android v2.1.
- 1Ghz processor.
- An 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and 720p video capture.
- Assisted GPS.
The design of the Droid X is one which avoids too much clutter, preferring a dark, slab-like form factor with skinny physical keys under the screen and a slight bump on the rear panel to house the camera lens. This actually gives the phone some much needed character and doesn’t look out of place at all.
The Droid X had previously been spotted under the name of the Shadow and the MB810 and is expected to launch during mid-July. Like the first Droid, if we see the Droid X in Europe it will be under a different name and as this is a CDMA Verizon phone, it will need adjustment for GSM networks.