DROID PRO Combines Android 2.2 With Touch Screen, Dedicated Keypad

The "DROID Does" campaign continues. And this Droid may be the most interesting of them all. Motorola has just revealed their newest smartphone, the Droid Pro, and it looks to be a hybrid of Droid and BlackBerry. For the past two years, almost every major smartphone has either had a dedicated keyboard (BlackBerry), a full touch screen (iPhone) or a full touch screen with a slide-out QWERTY (Droid 2). This is a wild and unique combination of those, with the Droid Pro having a large touch screen and a non-slide QWERTY keypad.

The phone was launched at CTIA in San Francisco, with Verizon Wireless being the exclusive carrier in America. It's the first Android-based phone with a form factor like this, and it's also a global-ready handset that can get service in over 200 countries. It supports a lot of enterprise and business applications, like push corporate e-mail, corporate level security, Quickoffice Mobile Suite and the keyboard we mentioned. As for specifications, it has a 1GHz processor, 4GB of memory (2GB internal; 2GB removable), Flash support, multi-touch support, a 3.1" display, Android 2.2 (Froyo), 3G Mobile HotSpot functionality, a 5MPcamera, Wi-Fi, and a 3G diversity antennae.

Pricing will be announced at some point in the future, but Verizon should have these on sale "in the coming weeks."

DROID Does Business: DROID PRO By Motorola Designed for Work and Play on the Nation's Largest and Most Reliable 3G Network
Global Android Smartphone from Verizon Wireless Combines Rich Business and Personal Mobile Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- From CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010, Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today unveiled DROID PRO, a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs.  The first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.

DROID PRO meets employers' and employees' needs by addressing the productivity tools businesses require, including corporate connectivity and security; full push corporate e-mail with corporate level security; unified calendar with additional work features; pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, a powerful 1 GHz processor; 4 GB of memory (2 GB internal; and 2 GB removable) and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.

"DROID PRO combines the feature-packed, high-level user experience that customers look for in an Android smartphone plus the security that enterprises require, all with the reliability of Verizon Wireless' 3G network," said Mike Lanman, president – Enterprise and Government Markets for Verizon Wireless.  "DROID PRO builds on our commitment to deliver the best Android experience to the marketplace as well as to our enterprise customers."

"The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID," said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.  "The DROID PRO consolidates users' work and personal needs.  This is just another reason the DROID PRO is setting a new standard for enterprise, allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of a smartphone with full push delivery of corporate e-mail and corporate level security."

Key features and specifications:

    * Support for both Exchange e-mail and Gmail™ for business
    * Corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar™
    * PC-like browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 on a full, multi-touch, 3.1-inch brilliant display built on Android 2.2
    * View, edit and share documents, including Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets, PowerPoint® presentations and Word® documents
    * Built-in security features, including AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support.  Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011
    * 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to connect up to five other Wi-Fi®-enabled devices and laptops
    * Live widgets that stream e-mail messages to the home screen; customers can filter the widgets to separate work and home e-mail
    * 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash as well as DVD-quality video
    * 3G diversity antennae provides customers with enhanced data speeds and range
    * Wi-Fi®-enabled DLNA® connectivity
    * Android Market™ – Provides customers with access to more than 80,000 applications
    * My Verizon and Backup Assistant(SM) support – Allows customers to manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones

Pricing and availability:

    * DROID PRO will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.  Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
    * For more 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.