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X2 is the first dual-core 1GHz Android smartphone on the Verizon network

Motorola has made a big comeback thanks to Google’s Android operating system. The latest offering from Motorola is heading to the Verizon network very soon and it is an impressive device.

The smartphone is the Motorola Droid X2 and it will be available online starting tomorrow. It will land in stores to purchase on May 26. The smartphone will cost $199.99 with a new 2-year agreement and the purchase of a compatible data plan. The X2 has a bunch of very nice features.

It will be the first dual-core 1GHz smartphone to operate on the Verizon network. It also has a 4.3-inch qHD screen that is covered by Gorilla Glass. The X2 will be powered by Android 2.2 at launch and will later get an update to Android 2.3. The phone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and can record HD video.

Other features include a mirror mode for sharing photos and other content on a big screen TV. The device supports enterprise security policies and has support for all the Google services expected of an Android smartphone. The Droid X2 can also act as a mobile hotspot for sharing the 3G connection with up to five other devices.

The required voice plan will cost $39.99 monthly and the unlimited data plan will cost $29.99 monthly.



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Not quite there yet.
By Spoogie on 5/18/2011 12:35:20 PM , Rating: 2
I've been waiting for a 4G, dual core android for a long time. Too bad it's still not here!

And before the knee-jerk trolls respond with something like, "4G isn't available in most areas...", it's available in mine.

Disappointing!




RE: Not quite there yet.
By shompa on 5/18/2011 12:39:11 PM , Rating: 2
You will get 2 hours of phone time with 4G + Android out of the box.
It took 3G 5 years before there where phones that had 1 day battery time.

BTW. 3G is up to 21megabit, what are you going to do with the phone? Downloading torrents? Only reason for 50+megabit bandwidth is to download stuff.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By mcnabney on 5/18/2011 1:09:48 PM , Rating: 2
21 over HSPA+ is only theoretical. Most get 3-5. Current review testing puts Verizon's LTE at ~18Mbs down, 5Mbs up.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By SkullOne on 5/18/2011 1:17:29 PM , Rating: 2
2 hours? At least give people the truth. Even stock I was getting between 6-8 hours with 4G. Now with Das Bamf 1.6.3 I'm at 14+ hours with heavy usage.

Getting good battery life isn't hard.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By threepac3 on 5/18/2011 1:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
I have my Tbolt updating my podcasts all day long. My first bill said I downloaded 8GB of data. I love unlimited 4G data plan


RE: Not quite there yet.
By phatboye on 5/18/2011 12:50:55 PM , Rating: 2
seeing as how Android 2.x is not even really optimized for dual core SoC yet you are not going to see that much of a push from manufactures to develop phones with multicore SoC in them yet.

While I agree with you that I would like to see more 4G-LTE enabled cell phones the problem with 4G-LTE radios eating up the battery still persist so don't even expect too many 4G phones. Even apple is skipping LTE for now.

Don't expect much of either until the new 28nm TSMC SoC are released.

Personally I'd like more Verizon phones to come in a Epic4G like form factor with a physical QWERTY keyboard. Other than the Motorola Droid/Droid 2 QWERTY keyboards are non existent on the Verizon network. Since I refuse to buy a Motorola product I will stick to my old Samsung Rogue (man does this phone suck but at least it has a keyboard) until Verizon wakes up.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By mcnabney on 5/18/2011 1:13:30 PM , Rating: 2
Why do you hate Motorola, but love Samsung?

My Droid 1 has been updated as far as the processor will support (2.2.2), while my wife's 1ghz Fascinate still sits at 2.1.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By FITCamaro on 5/18/2011 1:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah Motorola has been very good about updating its phones with the latest OS.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By phatboye on 5/18/2011 3:33:48 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Why do you hate Motorola, but love Samsung?

Did you read my post? I said it sucks!


RE: Not quite there yet.
By teldar on 5/18/2011 6:12:48 PM , Rating: 2
This was very informative.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By DanNeely on 5/18/2011 1:16:07 PM , Rating: 2
I've seen reports that this falls batch of RF chips will have significantly reduced 4g power consumption.

Cynically I wonder if this might have something to do with the iPhone5's delay.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By UNCjigga on 5/18/2011 2:15:59 PM , Rating: 2
I don't think the RF components are changing all that much, but the baseband/SoC chips are changing. Qualcomm and others are moving from 45nm to 28nm process tech, which will result in significant savings for both 3G and 4G devices.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By theapparition on 5/18/2011 3:01:19 PM , Rating: 2
Didn't you get the memo. Next iPhone will be 4S, not 5. And it will in no way have 4G.


RE: Not quite there yet.
By Chaser on 5/18/2011 2:42:04 PM , Rating: 2
And every legit review demonstrates these new dual cores scream!


RE: Not quite there yet.
By m1ldslide1 on 5/18/2011 1:04:05 PM , Rating: 2
I'm on the road a bit and I use my phone as a tethered modem. I am also holding out for an LTE phone, so I can get better DL speeds for my laptop...


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