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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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RE: White PHONE
By bill4 on 6/24/2010 12:02:15 PM , Rating: 2
You are shortsighted, only one model is actually a pretty strong weakness of Apple, and one reason why theyre losing smartphone share.

With Droid, there's a hundred different phones to fit every niche. With Apple, there's one phone. One size fits all. Doesn't always work. Want a 4.3" iPhone? too bad. Apple has to make the iPhone a small size for the mass market, so you get a 3.5" screen only. This could extend to dozens of other features as well. There's only one feature set on iPhone, whereas some droid phones have slideout keyboards, etc.

I expect oneday Apple might at least come out with "small" and "large" versions of the iPhone to attack that problem at least somewhat.


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