Information leaking out of the retailer Best Buy indicates that the Motorola Droid 2 is going to be released a few days from now.
This is is just the latest report to name Aug. 12 as the launch date for this high-end Android OS smartphone — all recent leaks have pointed to this day.
Still, Verizon has not yet officially announced that it’s going to be offering the Droid 2, probably because the company doesn’t want to pre-announce a device that will wipe out virtually all demand for the original Motorola Droid.
Motorola Droid 2 vs. Motorola Droid
In many ways, the successor to Verizon’s first Android OS-based model isn’t changing — like the original, it will be a slider with a 3.7-inch WVGA display and a landscape-oriented keyboard. The locations of almost all the buttons and ports is going to remain the same.
However, the Droid 2 will replace the D-pad on the sliding keyboard with a set of directional keys, giving room to make all the keys larger (see a comparison). They are also being made convex, rather than flat like the keys on their predecessor. This modification has likely been made in response to wide-spread criticism of the current Droid’s keyboard.
The new model is going to launch with Android OS 2.2, while an upgrade for the current device is going out this week.
Best Buy promises that the 1 GHz processor on the Dorid 2 will make loading web pages up to 40% faster than the 550 MHz chip on its predecessor.
The original Droid comes with a 16 GB microSD memory card, while its successor will reportedly have 8 GB of internal storage and an 8 GB memory card.
The Droid 2 will allegedly include many of the features of the original, such as a 5 megapixel camera, GPS receiver, 3G (EV-DO Rev. A), Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
It will also get some new ones, such as a Wi-Fi hotpot app that allows it to share its wireless connection with up to five other devices. Verizon generally charges extra for this feature.