Verizon Wireless has begun advertising its upcoming “Droid” smartphone, giving the first official details on a model that’s been the subject of many rumors. On the list of confirmed features are Android 2.0 and a November release.
TV ads for this upcoming smartphone began running during the Baseball playoffs game last night, and will continue to run today during NFL games.
The theme for this campaign will be contrasting the features the Verizon’s upcoming device will offer and that the Apple iPhone does not, including a physical keyboard, multi-taking third-party apps, widgets, and a replaceable battery.
The TV ads direct people to a website — DroidDoes.com — that gives more details, including the fact that this smartphone will run Android 2.0, an as-yet unreleased version of Google’s operating system. The Droid will also have a 5 megapixel camera with a flash, mobile broadband, and speech recognition capabilities.
In addition, Verizon revealed that this ad campaign is “a teaser of big things to come in November”, giving a rough time frame for the debut of this device.
An Overview of the Motorola Droid
Although Verizon’s advertising campaign only mentions the Droid, numerous rumors indicate that the complete name is Motorola Droid.
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, this smartphone 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.