Motorola Droid X releases on Verizon to take on iPhone 4

June 23, 2010, By Thomas Antony

Verizon has unveiled their new iPhone rival, the Motorola Droid X. This new Android beast from Big Red comes with a whole lot of droolable specs.
First off, there is the 4.3-inch 854×480 touchsreen, Android 2.1 OS with an all-new UI Skin, and a 1GHz TI OMAP3640 processor to power it all. Android 2.2 Froyo with Adobe Flash 10.1 support will be coming later this summer as an upgrade. The smartphone has an 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash, capable of 720p HD video recording. There is also HDMI out, 8 GB of onboard storage, expandable upto 32GB. There will also be a 16GB card bundled with the phone.

The Droid X can also act as a 3G mobile hotspot for sharing your mobile broadband to other devices connected over WiFi. The Droid X comes preloaded with Swype multitouch keyboard. It will have 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. The Droid X will have a rare tie-in with Blockbuster to offer movie purchases or rentals directly from the phone. NFL Mobile on Android will give it live sports video, and it will even share content over the local network through DLNA sharing. There are three mics on the phone for use in different modes, including for noise cancellation during calls.

The Verizon Droid X will be priced at $199 after a $100 mail-in-rebate and will be releasing on July 15st. The hotspot feature will cost extra at $20 for 2GB of data on top of the minimum $70 smartphone plan. While the Droid X can be easily seen as Verizon’s answer to the iPhone 4, it does lack certain features such as a front-facing camera, a kickstand ( like in the Evo 4G ). But while technically using a lower resolution screen, the larger surface creates more usable area for the interface. Mirroring AT&T’s move with the iPhone 4, all Verizon customers with upgrade dates in 2010 will be pulled up so they’re eligible for the Droid X as soon as it’s available.

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