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Motorola Introduces 4.3" DROID X Smartphone To Rival EVO 4G

Motorola Introduces 4.3" DROID X Smartphone To Rival EVO 4G

If today's standard slate of 3.5" and 3.7" smartphones just aren't huge enough for you, and your pocket is begging for even more phone down there, Motorola has you covered. So far as we can tell, this is Motorola's answer to HTC's huge EVO 4G on Sprint, so naturally this one will be launching on rival CDMA carrier Verizon Wireless. The company continues to make use of the "DROID" moniker, with this massive smartphone simply being called the DROID X.


Inside, the phone has a 1GHz processor, 3G mobile HotSpot capabilities, "loads" of memory, access to the Android market, and Android 2.1 as the OS. There's also the massive 4.3" display, which offers full multi-touch support and should be one of the better phones to watch movies on. On the back, there's an 8MP camera with dual-LED flash (just like the DROID Incredible), and there's even support for Push e-mail.


Furthermore, there's an HD movie recorder, HDMI/DLNA support and a promise to receive Android 2.2 and Adobe's Flash Player 10.1 as soon as they're ready. It'll go on sale July 15 for $199.99 on a new 2-year agreement, while the extra Mobile HotSpot feature will cost $20 extra per month.

July 2010: DROID X By Motorola Lands On The Nation's Largest & Most Reliable 3G Network

DROID X Delivers More Browsing, More Connectivity, Personal HD Video and Enterprise Features – All on a 4.3” Widescreen
June 23, 2010

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID X by Motorola.  DROID X does more with ultra high-speed Web browsing; a fast 1GHz processor; 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities; loads of memory; intuitive social messaging; Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 ready; and access to Android Market™, which has more than 65,000 applications, along with a host of unique Verizon Wireless applications such as NFL Mobile, Skype mobile™, V CAST Video, EA Need for Speed Shift™ and more.

“Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today – the DROID by Motorola.  DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network.”   

Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home business added, “Motorola designed DROID X to push the extreme limits of Android innovation, and enable you to do even more with your mobile device. We are breaking down barriers so that you can experience the Web the way it was meant to be and create, share and view content like never before, either in your hand or in your home. Enterprise users will also find DROID X appealing with features including push e-mail and live widgets for e-mail and calendar updates.”

DROID X gives customers a 4.3-inch high-resolution screen for viewing the latest movies and video from BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video, the newest addition to the Verizon Wireless V CAST application, which also includes access to favorite TV shows.  The DROID X 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.

“It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering for Google.  “There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications.  Plus later this summer, Verizon Wireless and Motorola will update all the DROID by Motorola phones to the latest 2.2 software.  For customers, this means great new features and improved browser performance.  For developers, this will provide new tools such as cloud-to-device messaging and enhanced enterprise functionality.”

“We are excited about full Flash support coming to the DROID X and other devices from Motorola,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe.  “Flash Player 10.1, which is one of Adobe’s most anticipated releases ever, has been redesigned from the ground up to deliver the kind of highly engaging experiences that consumers now expect from their mobile devices.”

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.

Pricing and Availability

DROID X by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning July 15 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile Hotspot service to their DROID X for $20 per month.  The 3G Mobile Hotspot 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.

For more information on DROID X by Motorola, go to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/droid/x/.  For information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.
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Hummm sexy, Now I really cant decide... My contract is up in 2 months do I want to Droid X or the Incredible... such a hard decision.... 

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Hum... I still got a year and a half with my phone :(!!! But when i have to decide on a new phone/provider... Lets hope they have one phone that stands out from the rest. Who knows what can come out in a year or 2!

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Although they are very close in a lot of specks, the EVO and the DROID X are very different in others. These differences though really come down to three things that will decide most peoples choice: Keyboard required? Sprint (4G/Cheaper) or Verizon? Sense or Blur?

The EVO has 64MB (576 vs 512) more ram and a front mounted cam

The DROID X has a slider keyboard

One use a TI cph while the other uses a QC

The X has more onboard storage

The EVO is actually smaller and lighter(!!!)

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Yeah, but it has not been a month since the EVO came out, the iPhone4 was intro'd, or the Droid Ultimate for that matter. I saw someone say the would see whats out in 2 years, how about 2 months. I can upgrade on Verizon now, my contract is fully over in August. I am also in a Sprint 4G area (NW Atlanta), and supposedly At&t service is even good here (My brother is an iPhone faithful).

So I will wait and see what happens by then. From what I have heard Verizon is also saying they will be rolling out LTE(4G) before the years out. I am thinking 4G on Verizon would be more to my liking than Sprint's Wimax. Being that it is on Verizon I would imagine the coverage will be much better from a wide spanning viewpoint. I almost hopped on the EVO bandwagon.

I have heard some rather despairing things since it's launch on both there network and the phone itself. I would think Verizon would be in better shape for the Crush (network), when there 4G solution goes live, but we will see. Either way I am just watching and waiting.

I also heard as a fact that the next version of Droid on Verizon will supposedly be the HTC Scorpion model we saw a while back. It has a 1.5 Ghz processor a better GPU ad screen from what I heard as well as more memory. So the choices for me are many as well as confusing to a sense really.

The Verizon Droid Incredible + DroidX offering is kind of strange as well. There both new, both smart phones built on a very similar layout, and both exactly the same price. The only difference is one is Motorola and one is HTC.

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This looks alot cooler than the Iphone!

I would feel alot better supporting Motorola, instead of China based HTC or Apple!:P

Just hoepe they start offering a similar one on Sprint? Then we can all shove flash in the face of the smug Iphones.

To bad it doesnt have a X shaped kickstand?

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