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Motorola Droid X
Motorola Droid X priced at $199 after MIR, Google witnessing 160k Android activations per day

We've been talking about the Motorola Droid X for quite some time, but Motorola today officially its latest Android-based smartphone. The Droid X will launch July 15 on Verizon's 3G network and will be priced at $199 after a $100 mail-in rebate (and a two-year contract). For those that don't want to deal with the hassle of a rebate, we're quite certain that some retailers -- like Best Buy -- will offer the phone at $199 without the need for a rebate.

The Droid X features a Texas Instruments OMAP3640 processor running at 1GHz, a 4.3-inch display (480x854), 8MP camera (w/dual LED flashes), HDMI-out, and 720p video capture. When it comes to storage, the Droid X comes with 8GB of storage space onboard and a 16GB microSD is included in the box brining total standard storage capacity to 24GB.

The Droid X will also be able to operate as a 3G "Mobile Hotspot" -- that functionality, however, will cost you an additional $20 per month. Thankfully, Verizon Wireless is continuing to offer its smartphones with an unlimited data plan -- something that AT&T is no longer offering with new smartphone contracts.

The Droid X will ship with Android 2.1. However, Motorola and Google both state that an upgrade to Android 2.2 will be pushed out over-the-air later this summer. 

Tucked in the press release for the Droid X was this little tidbit of information regarding Android sales. According to Andy Rubin, Google's VP of engineering, Android smartphone activations are moving along at a blistering pace.

"It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago," said Rubin. "There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications."

In other smartphone news, Apple has announced that white iPhone 4 smartphones will ship in mid-July:

White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.

The iPhone 4 officially launches tomorrow, although some folks received their phones yesterday and many are receiving their phones today.

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Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/23/2010 4:40:17 PM , Rating: 3
I would love to see how this will stack up against the Incredible. Does anyone know how the A8 compares to the scorpion at the same speed?
Also, was there any mention of a physical keyboard and pre-order date?

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/24/2010 11:06:28 AM , Rating: 2
Hmm, nice. To answer most of my own question, no physical keyboard, and this A8 is built on 45nm process so it should use a bit less power, as well as perform very similarly.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By theapparition on 6/24/2010 3:17:43 PM , Rating: 4
Droid X uses the Texas Instruments OMAP 3640 processor.

So you want to know how that stacks up against the competition?
Just preliminary info so far, but in quadrant benchmarks this is the fastest device running Android 2.1........ever.

Faster than Samsungs upcoming processor, faster then iPhone4 (A8), faster by FAR then Qualcomm Snapdragon.

Android 2.2 with native engines will actually make it even faster.
Now what's remaining to be seen is battery life. The specualation right now is that battery life is going to be quite good, expecially comapred to Snapdragon devices, but not as good as iPhone devices.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/25/2010 4:47:42 PM , Rating: 2
The OMAP3640 is the SOC, correct me if I'm wrong, and A8 is the processor.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/25/2010 4:57:13 PM , Rating: 2
Just like the scorpion processor in Qualcomm Snapdragon SOC's. I know what the article says, but the OMAP also has the GPU, display/image signal processor, etc. and all running at different clock speeds. I know the PowerVR GPU can easily beat the Adreno for example, but my question was specifically about the A8 inside this vs. the scorpion in the Incredible, and that could be a different story.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By theapparition on 6/27/2010 7:22:23 PM , Rating: 2
I know what you are saying, but I don't believe the OMAP uses the A8 at all.

You are right that the GPU is far superior. But comparing CPU to CPU is somewhat pointless in a unified device like this. Only thing that matters is overall performance, and that's where OMAP beats Snapdragon hands down.

RE: Incredible vs. Droid X
By Dark Legion on 6/28/2010 7:25:09 AM , Rating: 2
Oh okay, I just thought so because of this:
ARM Cortex-A8 superscalar microprocessor core with vector floating-point acceleration

But regardless, good answer, thanks for the info.

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