Verizon, Motorola and Google will introduce a new Motorola Droid smartphone at an event in New York City June 23. What isn't clear is whether the device will be the Droid X or the Droid 2 or both that Engadget, Droid Life and several other gadget blogs have been chronicling over the last several weeks. Perhaps the executives will preview the Droid with the 2 GHz processor Motorola Co-CEO Sanjay Jha discussed.
Executives from Verizon,
Motorola and Google will introduce a new Motorola Droid smartphone June 23, one
day before Apple's hallowed
hits the streets.
eWEEK received an invitation, which promises
"unleashing the next generation of Droid," to an event in New York City.
Verizon CMO and Executive Vice
President John Stratton, Google Android creator Andy Rubin and Motorola Co-CEO
Sanjay Jha are presiding over the event.
Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen will also
attend, presumably to pump up the Flash support
on the Android devices, which the
iPhone 4 won't have when it comes out the following day.
What isn't clear is
whether the device will be the Droid X or the Droid 2 or both that Engadget,
Droid Life and several other gadget blogs have been chronicling over the last
Running Android 2.1 (not
the new Android 2.2
) OS, Droid X sports a 4.4-inch, FWVGA 854 x 480-resolution
screen and, like the HTC Evo 4G, has an 8 megapixel camera to record 720p video.
Engadget has more details, including test flights of the
Engadget has also chronicled what little is known about
the Droid 2, billed as the true successor to the keyboard and
touch-screen-enabled Motorola Droid Verizon lured users to last November with a
$100 million marketing campaign.
The Droid 2, booted
by Engadget, sports a 3.7-inch display, 8GB of internal storage with an
8GB microSD card, and a 5 megapixel camera, which seems pedestrian in a time of
so many 8 megapixel devices.
Droid Life reported
that one or both devices could hit the Verizon retail shelves by July 19.
If this is true it will give the iPhone 4 a good month to sell against the
existing Droid Incredible
and HTC Evo 4G
Perhaps the executives will preview the Droid with the 2
GHz processor Jha sparingly discussed.
June 9 the 2 GHZ Droid will
come by the end of the year. He confirmed the device will, like the iPhone 4,
sport a gyroscope. It will include an Nvidia Tegra-based graphics processor
with full Flash 10.1 hardware acceleration.
The smartphone will also support 720p output and "HD
screen resolution" and integrate a camera with "more than
But whether the public gets to see it next week in New
York remains to be seen.