Motorola Droid 2 Officially Ready to Launch on Thursday

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Verizon Wireless has just announced that it is going to introduce the Motorola Droid 2 on Thursday. This high-end model is going to run Google Android OS 2.2 on a 1 GHz processor, and have a large Touchscreen and sliding keyboard.

Obviously, this is the successor to the original Motorola Droid. It will have much in common with its predecessor, but many enhancements, as well.

Motorola Droid 2 from Verizon WirelessLike the original, it will be a slider with a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a landscape-oriented keyboard. The keyboard on the first Droid drew many complaints, and Motorola has redesigned it on the new model so it is easier to use (see a comparison).

This smartphone is going to a have a very capable web browser, email software, music and video player, and other communication and entertainment applications.

Because it will have Android OS 2.2, the web browser will support Adobe Flash, allowing users to access websites that use Flash for navigation, games, and showing video.

Wireless Capabilities
The Droid 2 will connect to Verizon’s 3G (EV-DO Rev. A) network, and include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

This model is going to be able to share its 3G wireless Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi, essentially acting as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. This feature will cost an additional $20 a month, though.

Additional Hardware Details
Like its predecessor, the Motorola Droid 2 is going to have a 5 megapixel camera with a flash.

It will have 8 GB of on-board storage as well as an 8 GB microSD/SDHC memory card. This can be swapped out for a 32 GB card (available separately), raising potential capacity to 40 GB.

Pricing and Availability
Verizon Wireless is going to start taking pre-orders for the Motorola Droid 2 tomorrow. This smartphone is going to launch the next day, August 12.

It will sell for $200 with a $100 mail-in rebate and a new or renewed two-year service contract.




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