Verizon Wireless and Motorola yesterday unveiled the DROID X by Motorola, more or less the North American sister-model of the earlier unveiled Motorola Milestone XT720. Featuring Android 2.1, a fast 1 GHz processor, 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities and loads of memory, the DROID X gives customers a 4.3" WVGA touchscreen. The devices video capabilities let customers capture spontaneous fun, combining a dual-flash, 8 megapixel camera, HD camcorder, as well as DLNA and HDMI connectivity to download, stream and share personal HD content. DROID X customers will also receive Android 2.2 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 with an over-the-air update in the latter half of the summer.
With the update, the Flash Player will allow mobile users to experience hundreds of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser, including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.
Once updated to Android 2.2, business customers will find DROID X offers the features that turn the device into a workhorse with support for both Exchange and Gmail for business. Corporate users can enjoy push delivery of E-Mail; live widgets that stream messages to the home screen; filter widgets to differentiate work and home E-Mail; corporate directory and Global look-up along with a unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar. Security protocols allow remote password control and wipe via Exchange server.
DROID X by Motorola will be available online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning July 15 for US$ 199.99 after a US$ 100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement. In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an E-Mail and Web for Smartphone plan. The optional 3G Mobile Hotspot service to their DROID X costs additional US$ 20 per month and allows customers to turn the phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices. In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID X, without penalty.
It's yet unknown if Motorola will also bring the DROID X as a GSM/UMTS version to Europe or if the Milestone XT720 will be the GSM/UMTS counterpart. Before, Motorola has released a GSM/UMTS version of the Verizon Droid as the Motorola Milestone.
Cheers ~ Arne