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Motorola Droid 2 Keyboard  (Source: Droif Life)

Motorola Droid 2 Battery Door  (Source: Droid Life)
Droid 2 looks a lot like the original

The Motorola Droid was unveiled officially in October of 2009 and Motorola has recently stated that the device is still selling well (partly due to Verizon's vigorous two-for-one promotion). This week, photos of what is reportedly the Motorola Droid 2 have surfaced. The Droid 2 looks almost the same as the original handset with a notable exception being that the D-pad from the original is missing from the keyboard of the Droid 2. The only other visual difference is a slight change to the design of the battery cover reports Droid-Life.

The big changes are all on the inside. The Droid 2 is pegged to run Android 2.1 and sports a 3.7-inch screen; the processor is a 750MHz OMAP unit, and the new Droid will support Wi-Fi tethering. Internal storage is 8GB and the handset will ship with an 8GB SD card installed. The smartphone will also sport a new version of Motoblur.

Interestingly, the Droid 2 has no forward facing camera for video conferencing like the iPhone 4 and other devices on the market. Motorola has stated previously that it will be offering several handsets supporting video conferencing this year and apparently, the Droid 2 isn’t one of them. The device also lacks HDMI out.

Droid-Life is also reporting that a training session on the Droid 2 will be held for Verizon employees on June 22 so the device may be coming sooner than expected.

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A little more info
By mcnabney on 6/11/2010 11:57:35 AM , Rating: 2
I am pretty sure it will run on 2.2 and not 2.1 OS. Which explains why it will have tethering.

It will essentially be the old Droid with a better keyboard, faster chip, more room for apps, all of the Froyo goodies, and a nice UI wrapper as opposed to stock-android which the original launched with. The D-pad won't me missed.

If you liked the original you should love the sequel. It will probably come out at a really good price too. Maybe around $100 with a contract?

RE: A little more info
By Bateluer on 6/11/2010 1:26:06 PM , Rating: 2
Its reported to launch with 2.1, with a 2.2 update in the works. And MotoBlur is horrible, they really should stick with the vanilla Google Experience. Its simple and effective. Odds are, Blur will be the first thing the roms for this scrap.
On the D-pad, I'm ambivalent, I use the D-pad all the time, but I don't think I'll have any trouble adapting to the arrow keys since the keyboard seems to have more bezel.

RE: A little more info
By Mojo the Monkey on 6/11/2010 5:15:28 PM , Rating: 2
I think the BB-style embedded scrolling/clicking ball was effective and compact - curious as to why its not used more often.

RE: A little more info
By acase on 6/14/2010 11:49:18 AM , Rating: 2
It will probably come out at a really good price too. Maybe around $100 with a contract?

That would be nice, however, last I checked to this day it still costs $200 for the original Droid with a 2 year contract.

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