Verizon doesn’t plan to unveil the Droid until next week, but this carrier has given the world an in-depth sneak peek: it briefly put the official pages describing this Android-based smartphone on its website, revealing all the details.
This smartphone will be named the Droid by Motorola. It will be a slider, with a landscape-oriented QWERTY keyboard. It will have a 3.7-inch, 854-by-480-pixel (WVGA+) capacitive touchscreen with haptic feedback.
It is going to run Google Android 2.0 on a 550 MHz processor, and will come with a suite of applications that can wirelessly synchronize with this company’s services, including Gmail, Calendar, Contacts, and Maps.
Verizon is promising advanced speech recognition to allow user to make calls and search the Web with voice commands.
For professionals, the Droid will offer Exchange ActiveSync and a Microsoft Office file viewer. For everyone, it will have video and audio software.
Android is known for its very powerful WebKit-based web browser, and the newest version is going to support HTML5, plus Adobe Flash 10.1 when it’s released in 2010.
Verizon is going to bundle a 16 GB microSD card, and users will have the option of switching this out with a 32 GB card when these come on the market next year.
More Hardware Features
This smartphone will support Verizon’s high-speed mobile broadband EV-DO Rev. A service. It will also include Wi-Fi b/g and Bluetooth for short range connections to the Internet and accessories.
The Droid will have a 5 megapixel camera, with auto-focus and dual LED flash. This will be able to handle high-resolution images and 720-by-480-pixel video at up to 24 fps.
It is also going to include a 3.5 mm headset jack, a GPS receiver, and an accelerometer.
This Motorola model will have a 1400 mAh battery, which Verizon says will be good for either 385 minutes of talk time or up to 270 hours of stand-by time.
Overall, this device will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.4 inches wide, and 0.5 inches thick (116 x 60 x 14 mm).
Pricing & Availability
This Motorola model is scheduled to be formally unveiled on October 28, at an invitation-only event hosted by Verizon. However, this wireless carrier has made it clear that the debut of this smartphone is going to happen in November, so this event won’t be a launch party.
Pricing is not yet known, but all the advertising for this Android device has compared it to the iPhone, which suggests that it won’t be significantly more expensive than Apple’s smartphone, which sells for $200 with two-year contract.