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  (Source: Engadget)
Will cost you $199 with a contract, $599 outright

Engadget posted pictures of the Best Buy display of the upcoming Motorola Droid 2 from Verizon, confirming the rumored price tag. Interested buyers will be able to pick up the follow-up to the popular Droid for $199.99 with a qualifying two-year contract, or $599 outright.

 

A sharp Floridian reader also submitted a Verizon promo showcasing the Droid 2 in yesterday's Tampa Tribune. The ad shows the Droid 2 in a succession of other top Droid phones, including the Incredible and the X, with a "coming soon" tag listed where the price appears on the other handsets.

A release date for the Droid 2 has not been confirmed, though rumors of an August 12 launch have been buzzing around the web. The original, nine-month-old Droid is out-of-stock on Verizon's website, suggesting the replacement's impending launch.

The Droid 2 is more of an upgrade to the original device than a bona fide, must-have replacement. It will be the first handset in the U.S. to ship with Android 2.2 "Froyo," beating out the recently released Droid X, and packs a full QWERTY keyboard, 1 GHz OMAP processor, 8GB of internal storage (with an 8GB micro-SD card included), and a an updated version of the Motoblur overlay. 

Early critics of the handset have pointed to the lack of a front-facing camera and no HDMI out.

The folks over at Droid-Life got their hands on a leaked user guide for the device, which you can check out for yourself here





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RE: processor?
By cmdrdredd on 8/9/2010 10:20:27 AM , Rating: 3
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Engadget story shows that Droid 2 will come with a 1ghz processor, not 750mhz as listed in the above story....


It's odd to me as well because the Droid x already outclasses the Droid 2. I still don't know why there are 2 Droids, and why the Droid x doesn't have Android OS 2.2 yet.


RE: processor?
By omnicronx on 8/9/2010 11:03:48 AM , Rating: 2
The Droid name is not via any manufacturer, it is Verizon's moniker for their Android line of phones. If its not Verizon, its not a Droid..

While I do agree the Droid X seems to be the better phone, it does not have a keyboard, which is one of the reasons the original droid was so successful. Many people just can't live without it.


RE: processor?
By adiposity on 8/9/2010 11:56:02 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
The Droid name is not via any manufacturer, it is Verizon's moniker for their Android line of phones. If its not Verizon, its not a Droid..


Yes, but irrelevant since both Droid X and Droid 2 come from Motorola. So they are building two new Droids with the "inferior" one coming out after the other.

Even though, if I got one of these two, it would be Droid 2. Keyboard is important to me, which is why I still have my original Droid.


RE: processor?
By mcnabney on 8/9/2010 1:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
They are almost identical devices.

Droid X has a larger screen and video out.

Droid 2 has a physical keyboard and ships with 2.2 while X will get it a month or two after launch.

Also, the 4.3" displays are not terribly pocket friendly, so there is certainly a market for the 3.7" Droid 1/2 display.

Personally I like the idea of launching sibling-phones for those that want a keyboard and those that do not. Just another example of why Android>iPhone. Choice.


RE: processor?
By omnicronx on 8/9/2010 1:08:22 PM , Rating: 2
You kind of just proved my point, the two phones have a different appeal, one has a keyboard one does not. You would chose the 'inferior' model because you want the keyboard. So has Motorola really made a bad decision here curtailing to two different types of users? I don't feel that is the case.


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