The Motorola Droid X is now official. No, it won’t be called the Droid Shadow or the Droid Xtreme. Just “X.” The ambitious bloggers at Engadget got their hands on Motorola’s hottest new superphone and threw it under the camera for a quick review. The Droid X from Motorola will be launching on Verizon this July 19th to compete with Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G and Apple’s iPhone 4. The official announcement will be made next week on June 23rd at a Verizon event that will “unleash the next generation of Droid” according to Verizon. The event will host Andy Rubin from Google as well as Shantanu Narayen from Adobe and Sanjay Jha of Motorola.
According to Engadget, the phone features Android 2.1 Eclair, not 2.2 Froyo. This is disappointing to Droid lovers everywhere who are eager for manufacturers to output some Froyo-sporting phones. But, AndroidGuys’ Benjamin Rubenstein still has hope. He observed from Engadget’s photos of the device that the Droid X does in fact have the green Froyo widget that Google launched with Android 2.2 and that the Verizon event to announce this device includes the CEO of Adobe, which makes Flash 10.1– only available on Android 2.2 devices.
“It could just be that Ninjablur, which will be Motorola’s custom UI for the droid X, was given this Android 2.2 widget independently of Froyo. However, since the AOSP version of 2.2 has yet to be released, I find it hard to believe that this is the case. Then again, that could also mean that Motorola doesn’t have Android 2.2 to actually develop with. Hmm…
Keep in mind that Verizon’s upcoming Droid event on the 23rd will include Adobe. Doesn’t Adobe make Flash? Wasn’t Flash made for Froyo? Did Engadget actually get to check the software version in the phone’s settings, or are they just reporting what they were told by whoever let them use the phone? Maybe Engadget was sworn to Froyo secrecy. Whatever the case, I’m still scratching my head.”
We can all but confirm based off of these observations that the Motorola Droid X and Droid 2 (the original Droid successor with keyboard) are probably running Android 2.2 Froyo. For a breakdown of the Droid X device, check the pictures and information below.
Very Likely | Confirmed
- 4.3″ FWVGA 854 x 480 screen
- 1500mAh battery
- 1 GHz TI OMAP 3630 w/ PowerVR SGX530
- 8MP Camera, Dual LED flash, 720p video
- Android 2.2 or 2.1 w/ NinjaBlur version of MotoBlur
- Mini HDMI, USB ports
- 8GB Built-in memory and 8GB micro-SD card with purchase
- Multi-touch keyboard
- Swype pre-loaded
Engadget noted that the NinjaBlur skin present over the Motorola Blur Android base was less “in your face” than the original Blur. And, you can see that the skin does in fact include far less speech bubbles and social integration on home-screen than the original Blur. The skin did not seem to slow the device down or cause any sluggishness, probably due to the 1 GHz processor backing up the device.
The Motorola Droid X features an 8 megapixel, 720p recording, LED flash toting camera with tap to focus. The 720p camera does indeed match the iPhone 4’s 30 fps framerate. You can check out a video taken by Engadget below.
The 4.4 inch FWVGA screen matches the resolution of the original Droid, but increases color quality. Most of the front face of the phone is covered with glossy, shiny glass that extends from end-to-end. This may cause glare during the daytime outside, but the glossy-screen could prove to make colors pop better than traditional LCD screens.
Motorola’s Droid X includes a Mini HDMI and USB port as well as a micro-SD port. The HDMI port allows users to hook their phones up to high definition televisions for playback of video, and the USB port allows for computer connectivity. The micro-SD slot is a standard must-have on any Android device, and with Froyo, Droid users will be able to store apps on their micro-SD cards. The phone has four physical buttons on the bottom, and notably has a dedicated camera button on the side. The battery is removable and rumored to be 1500 mAh.
With the phone, users will get all the standard Android goodies, plus Motorola’s newest rendition of Blur, a Blockbuster app, and a DLNA type application pre-loaded. Where the Moto device truly stands out is in its inclusion of a multi-touch keyboard built-in. This will allow a user to press multiple keys without the phone continuing to register the first key. The Droid X is previewed by Engadget in the videos below.