Verizon has offered up an image of its upcoming Droid X smartphone on its Website, along with a little information such as that the mobile device will have a 4.3-inch screen and allow HDMI output. Verizon will co-host a launch event for what it calls the next generation of Droid with Google and Motorola in New York June 23, although it remains unclear whether the device unveiled will be the Droid X. One tech blog has posted a breakdown of what it claims is the Droid X, running Android 2.1. The June 23 unveiling comes one day before the general rollout of the iPhone 4, arguably the greatest competition for the Android-based smartphones currently on the market.
Verizon Wireless has posted an image and a few details of the Motorola Droid
X, its successor to 2009's popular Motorola Droid smartphone. Executives from
Verizon, Motorola and Google will introduce "the next generation of
Droid" in New York on June
23, according to an invitation sent to eWEEK, but it remains unclear whether
the device in question will be the Droid X, another Droid or a whole new line
According to the flashily
rendered Verizon Website, the Droid X will include a 4.3-inch display,
"capture 720p" and "HDMI output." From the image shown of
the smartphone, it appears to closely match the look of the original Droid-and
the picture gives no hint of any changes to the Droid's sliding QWERTY
On June 15, tech blog Engadget
posted a breakdown of what it claimed was the Droid X, with an explanation
of how the device ended up in its possession. "Apparently the Droid X has
a 4.3-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480-resolution screen," Engadget said. "We
confirmed that the Droid X was running Android 2.1 with some new sort of
Motoblur (perhaps Ninjablur) skin."
The review also mentioned an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 720p
video-presumably what Verizon was referring to on its Droid X site-and possibly
a 1GHz ARMv7 processor. "If specs on the model we saw are correct, the
phone will come with 8GB of storage space," Engadget said.
All may well become clear June 23, when John Stratton, Verizon chief
marketing officer and executive vice president, Google Android creator Andy
Rubin and Motorola co-CEO Sanjay Jha host
their event. Adobe Systems CEO Shantanu
Narayen will also make an appearance, likely to promote the use of Flash on
smartphones. Adobe has found itself in a heated battle with Apple, which has
banned Flash from its mobile devices; since the software is used to power rich
content on some of the Web's most popular sites, Apple's competitors have
seized on their own support for Flash as a vital competitive differentiator.
The date for the launch of the next-generation Droid is likely no
coincidence, considering that Apple's iPhone 4 is scheduled for general release
on June 24. Equipped with new software features such as multitasking and
improved hardware such as a larger battery, the iPhone 4 Apple's counter to the
rising challenge from the ever-larger family of Android-based devices.
The Google-Verizon-Motorola consortium could also use the event to launch
the Droid 2, a much-rumored device profiled
by Engadget June 10. The Droid 2 reportedly features a 3.7-inch screen, 8GB of storage
with an 8GB MicroSD card and a 5-megapixel camera.
In November 2009, the
original Motorola Droid received one of the higher-profile launches of an
iPhone competitor, accompanied by a multimillion-dollar advertising campaign.
That Droid ran Android 2.0 and featured a 3.7-inch touch screen, a sliding
QWERTY keyboard, a 5-megapixel camera and syncing with Exchange 2003 and 2007.
In the interim, however, the Droid has found itself competing not only against
the iPhone, but also against similarly large-screened Android smartphones such
HTC Evo 4G.
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.