The Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon has been receiving less attention than its brother, the Droid X, lately. But, the successor to the keyboarded Droid is trying hard to catch up. In the past month we’ve seen the first picture of the device’s Welcome screen and the first details emerge. And now, the first video.
Android and Me has got a hold of the Droid 2 and took it under the video camera for a high-definition shoot. The device looks stunningly similar to the original Droid (as pictured to the right). However, the new version of the famous Motorola Droid has shiny metallic plating, silver instead of gold highlights, and blue instead of gold on the updated keyboard with changed directional pad. The keys are slightly wider due to the modified directional pad. The Droid 2 and original Droid are the same size and roughly the same weight.
With an updated TI processor clocked at 1 GHz, this Droid 2 will reach new heights for Android smartphones. If you thought the Droid-original was slow, you should check out its 1.25 GHz overclock with Android 2.2 Froyo. The benchmarks for the device were up to 1785. Far higher than the Nexus One’s Snapdragon at 1 GHz on Android 2.2 Froyo. So, with a processor from Texas Instruments inherently twice as fast, this baby should fly and be capable of some extreme overclocking.
Android and Me took the liberty of benchmarking the device for our pleasure. The Droid 2 scored an 1199 in Quadrant, which doubles the Nexus One’s 500 score on Android 2.1. With Android 2.2 Froyo, we can expect scores to double or even triple. Droid lovers can once again claim they have the fastest device on the market.
Unfortunately, the Droid 2 does not have the HDMI-output, 720p video capture, or 8 megapixel camera seen on the Droid X.
The phone might be announced this next week at Verizon’s “unleash the new Droids” event on the 23rd.
- TI OMAP 3630 (1 GHz processor)
- PowerVR SGX530 graphics processor
- 1400 mAh Li Ion battery
- 512 MB of RAM
- 5 megapixel camera [better than the original Droid’s]
- 8GB internal memory w/8GB microSD card
- Verizon CDMA
- Android 2.1 Eclair w/ Ninja Blur but may ship with Android 2.2 Froyo