Jun 11 AT 1:01 AM Sean Riley 23 Comments

Motorola Droid 2 slides out of hiding in new photos and video

Apparently the Droid 2 finally got sick of its sibling getting all the attention and decided to pose for a few new candid shots of its own. Presumably everyone has seen the original Droid/Milestone and if so you are going to be pretty familiar with the look of the Droid 2.

Looking first at the exterior the most notable changes are the keyboard — no more shiny gold d-pad — and the fact that the entire front of the device from the chin on up slides back to reveal the keyboard. Beyond that we have only some slight tweaking to the styling to differentiate this from the original.

While that might not sound significant the keyboard was far and away the biggest complaint about the original device and this revision certainly offers at least a larger keyboard which has to be better, right? Gamers might be upset over the loss of the d-pad, but I know many people found reaching over it to type to be odd so at least some folks should be happy with the change.

Moving to the inside of the Droid 2 we have a new 750MHz processor and internal memory boosted to 8GB. Again while that might not sound like a huge improvement the Droid has held up reasonably well against some of the recent “superphones” and a beefed up processor is just what the doctor ordered to bring it in line with those youngsters.

Notably the Droid 2 is not picking up either the HDMI out of the Droid Shadow/Xtreme nor will it be one of the 2-4 Motorola phones launching with a front facing camera this year.

At the moment the Droid 2 is running on Android 2.1 with the new more subtle version of MOTOBLUR tagging along. It’s possible that we’ll see 2.2 by launch, but unlikely as reports are that this could be coming in early July with Verizon employees getting a training session on both the Droid 2 and the Droid Shadow/Xtreme on June 22nd.

So what are you thoughts on the new Droid? We’ve got powerhouse options dropping left and right this summer in the form of the HTC Evo, the Samsung Galaxy S, and the Motorola Droid Shadow/Xtreme to name a few, but the Droid 2 is bringing that keyboard that Android buyers seem to love and that might just be enough for it to carve out a nice little niche for itself.

Rumored Droid 2 Specs:

  • Android 2.1 (barring a last minute Froyo intervention)
  • 3.7″ screen
  • 750MHz OMAP processor
  • Wi-Fi tethering
  • 8GB internal
  • 8GB SD card preinstalled
  • Updated keyboard
  • 5MP camera
  • New version of MOTOBLUR

Source: Droid Life

Sean has been with Android and Me for over 4 years and covering mobile for the last 5. He occasionally muses about gadgets and tech outside of the Android universe at Techgasms.

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