While we knew that a Droid Pro was on
the way from Verizon, the design of the phone was a complete secret
until it was unveiled this evening. Unlike just about every other
smartphone that manages to make it to the market these days, pictures
of the Droid Pro didn't
manage to leak all over the web prior to launch.
Pro is a unique Android 2.2 offering in that it offers a candy-bar
form-factor and a permanent QWERTY keyboard similar in concept to the
Palm Pixi. The Droid Pro has been designed for business users and
appears aimed squarely at RIM's exec-friendly BlackBerry smartphones.
The dual-mode CDMA/GSM smartphone
features a 1GHz processor, 2GB of internal memory (plus a 2GB microSD
card), 3.1" multi-touch display, 3G connectivity plus Mobile
HotSpot capability, and a 5MP camera with LED flash. In keeping with
its business-oriented mission, security features like AuthenTec
IPSec VPN integration, device/SD card remote wipe, and complex
password support are included. In addition, device/SD card encryption
will be on the way early next year.
“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
Motorola Mobility CEO Sanjay Jha. “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.”
Verizon is currently mum on pricing for
the Droid Pro, however, we'll know more information soon as the device
will be launching "in the coming weeks".