2011 may be heralded as the Year of the Tablet
, but we're thinking it will really shake out to be the year that mobility finally hit it big. Smartphones as a whole are becoming insanely popular, and more people are gravitating towards Android and iOS to handle the on-the-go computing needs. Larger-screen devices like the HTC EVO 4G and Motorola DROID X
have been huge hits, proving that there actually is a market out there for larger-screen devices. While the DROID X was always a hulking device, it still maintained a slim profile. It was seen as a multi-media powerhouse, and a second version is almost guaranteed to happen. After all, Motorola already produced a DROID
2 following the success of the original, so why stop with just a single X?
Based on internal information that we have received through a highly reliable source, we have reason to believe that Motorola is well on their way to producing the second-gen DROID X. For now, the code name remains "Daytona"
but since phone names have a tendency to change before going to market, there's a very real possibility that the commercial name for this device will be something different. The exterior of the phone is the same as the original DROID X. Once you've gone as large as the DROID X, it's obviously difficult to go much larger without calling your device a slate.
There will be a 4.3" touch screen, the same as the original, but the screen will be denser. The resolution will be set at 540 x 960 pixels, which should make movie watching a real pleasure. It will reportedly also use a dual-core 1GHz Tegra processor from NVIDIA, though the same battery will be used. We suspect that Motorola was unwilling to make the phone any thicker, and hopefully the new Tegra chip will go easy on the battery drain.
The suspected operating system is Android
2.2 (Froyo), but it's unclear if Motorola
has plans to support Android 2.3 or 3.0 in the future. The connector will remain USB 2.0, there will be integrated compatibility with DLNA streaming, an HDMI output, 720p movie capture mode, and an 8MP still camera that is designed to snap pictures more quickly than the original DROID X. Motorola will ship the phone with a microSD card slot, but it's unclear how much storage will actually be bundled in.
As with the original DROID X, this phone will also find a home on Verizon
Wireless in the U.S., but at this point, there's no way to know if it will support LTE or if it will be a dual-band device at all. It's far too early to estimate a price and release date, but if the carrier continues to sell their latest smartphones for $199.99 on a 2-year contract, we are left to assume that this phone will fit that mold when it launches. The real question is will it launch in time to be used with the $30/month unlimited data plan, or if VZW will have data tiers in place beforehand. We'll be sure to report more if and when we receive it.