Those eager to know more about the hotly-anticipated Motorola Droid have to wait less than a week, as Verizon plans to take the wraps off it at an event next Thursday. However, this isn’t expected to be the launch of this device, which will be Verizon’s first smartphone running Google’s Android OS.
A “teaser” TV ad campaign for this model has been going on all week. The goal of the “iDon’t” commercials is to emphasize the advantages of the Droid over the very popular Apple iPhone.
This campaign has revealed a great deal of general information about this upcoming model, starting with the fact that it will run Android 2.0, an as-yet unreleased version of Google’s operating system. The Droid will also have a hardware keyboard, a 5 megapixel camera with a flash, mobile broadband, and speech recognition capabilities.
But a full overview of this device has not yet been made publicly available. That’s going to change on October 28, at an invitation-only event hosted by Verizon.
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.
An Overview of the Motorola Droid
Although Verizon’s advertising campaign only mentions the Droid in general terms, numerous rumors indicate that the complete name is Motorola Droid, and also give most of the specifications.
Images of this model that have leaked out, while blurry, reveal that it will be a slider with a horizontally-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
It will supposedly have a 3.7-inch touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels (WVGA+).
As an Android-based phone, the Droid will have a highly-functional web browser, and include tie-ins to a number of Google’s online services, like Gmail and Google Maps. There is also a rapidly growing collection of third-party software available for this operating system.
It will supposedly use Google’s standard Android user interface, not one created by Verizon. Neither will it have MotoBlur, Motorola’s social-networking service that will debut on the Motorola Cliq.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Droid will have 256 MB of RAM and will ship with a 16 GB microSD card, which can be swapped out for a larger one when available.
This Motorola model will also reportedly include a GPS receiver and a 1400 mAh battery.
Overall, it will be 4.6 inches wide, 2.3 inches tall, 0.54 inches thick, and 6.0 ounces.
Pricing for the Motorola Droid is not yet known, but the fact that Verizon is pitting it up against the iPhone in its ad campaign suggests that it won’t be significantly more expensive than Apple’s smartphone, which sells for $200 with two-year contract.