Jun 23 AT 12:50 PM Taylor Wimberly 25 Comments

Motorola Droid X coming to Verizon on July 15th for $199

Verizon, Motorola, and Google just announced the Motorola Droid X and we finally got the details everyone was waiting for. The Droid X will be available starting July 15th for $199 with 2yr contract (after $100 mail in rebate). A smartphone data plan is required for $29.99 and customers can opt for a mobile hotspot plan at an additional $20 per month (2 GB limit).

A special upgrade option is being made available just for the Droid X. Any customer who has a Verizon contract ending any time in 2010 will be eligible for an upgrade discount.

Only Verizon customers will get to enjoy the Droid X as it is an exclusive device. Motorola might have a device that looks similar outside of the U.S. in the future.

The Droid X will launch with Android 2.1 and is expected to receive an over the air update to Android 2.2 late this summer. Verizon expanded their commitment to mobile video with a number of new services including Blockbuster, V-CAST Video, NFL Mobile app, Skype Mobile, and Back-Up Assistant.

More details are still pouring in, so check back later for additional details. The official Droid X site has yet to go live, but should appear at any moment.

Highlights of the Droid X include:

  • 4.3 inch display FWVGA 854 x 480
  • 1 GHz OMAP3630 processor
  • 512 MB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, 16 GB MicroSD card included
  • 8 megapixel camera with dual LED flash and autofocus, 720p video capture
  • Micro HDMI out
  • WiFi, aGPS, Bluetooth, FM radio
  • WiFi Hotspot, connect up to 5 devices
  • Three microphones – one for video, one for voice, and one for noise cancellation
  • 1540 mAh battery
  • Size: 65.5 x 127.5 x 9.9 mm, Weight: 155 grams

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July 2010: DROID X By Motorola Lands On The Nation’s Largest & Most Reliable 3G Network

DROID X Delivers More Browsing, More Connectivity, Personal HD Video and Enterprise Features — All on a 4.3” Widescreen

June 23, 2010

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT), a pioneer in the mobile industry, today unveiled DROID X by Motorola.  DROID X does more with ultra high-speed Web browsing; a fast 1GHz processor; 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities; loads of memory; intuitive social messaging; Adobe®Flash® Player 10.1 ready; and access to Android Marketâ„¢, which has more than 65,000 applications, along with a host of unique Verizon Wireless applications such as NFL Mobile, Skype mobileâ„¢, V CAST Video, EA Need for Speed Shiftâ„¢ and more.

“Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network,” said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless.  “Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today — the DROID by Motorola.  DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network.”

Sanjay Jha, co-chief executive officer of Motorola and chief executive officer of Motorola Mobile Devices and Home business added, “Motorola designed DROID X to push the extreme limits of Android innovation, and enable you to do even more with your mobile device. We are breaking down barriers so that you can experience the Web the way it was meant to be and create, share and view content like never before, either in your hand or in your home. Enterprise users will also find DROID X appealing with features including push e-mail and live widgets for e-mail and calendar updates.”

DROID X gives customers a 4.3-inch high-resolution screen for viewing the latest movies and video from BLOCKBUSTER On Demand® presented by V CAST Video, the newest addition to the Verizon Wireless V CAST application, which also includes access to favorite TV shows.  The DROID X video capabilities let customers capture spontaneous fun, combining a dual-flash, 8-megapixel camera, HD camcorder, as well as DLNA and HDMI connectivity to download, stream and share personal HD content.

DROID X customers will also receive Android 2.2 and Adobe Flash Player 10.1 with an over-the-air update in the latter half of the summer.  With the update, the Flash Player will allow mobile users to experience hundreds of sites with rich applications and content inside the browser, including games, animations, rich Internet applications (RIAs), data presentations and visualizations, ecommerce, music, video, audio and more.

“It has been an exciting time for Android momentum and global consumer adoption since the announcement of DROID by Motorola nine months ago,” said Andy Rubin, vice president of engineering for Google.  “There are 160,000 new Android-powered devices activated daily and Android Market has grown to over 65,000 applications.  Plus later this summer, Verizon Wireless and Motorola will update all the DROID by Motorola phones to the latest 2.2 software.  For customers, this means great new features and improved browser performance.  For developers, this will provide new tools such as cloud-to-device messaging and enhanced enterprise functionality.”

“We are excited about full Flash support coming to the DROID X and other devices from Motorola,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief executive officer of Adobe.  “Flash Player 10.1, which is one of Adobe’s most anticipated releases ever, has been redesigned from the ground up to deliver the kind of highly engaging experiences that consumers now expect from their mobile devices.”

Once updated to Android 2.2, business customers will find DROID X offers the features that turn the device into a workhorse with support for both Exchange and Gmailâ„¢ for business. Corporate users can enjoy push delivery of e-mail; live widgets that stream messages to the home screen; filter widgets to differentiate work and home e-mail; corporate directory and Global look-up along with a unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendarâ„¢.  Security protocols allow remote password control and wipe via Exchange server.

Pricing and Availability

DROID X by Motorola will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores beginning July 15 for $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate with a new two-year customer agreement.  Customers will receive the mail-in rebate in the form of a debit card; upon receipt, customers may use the card as cash anywhere debit cards are accepted.  In addition to subscribing to a Nationwide Talk plan or a Nationwide Talk & Text plan, customers will also need to subscribe to an Email and Web for Smartphone plan.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 monthly access.  Email and Web for Smartphone plans start at $29.99 for unlimited monthly access.

Customers can add the optional 3G Mobile Hotspot service to their DROID X for $20 per month.  The 3G Mobile Hotspot allows customers to turn the phone into a wireless modem for up to five compatible Wi-Fi devices.  In addition, current Verizon Wireless customers who have contracts ending by December 31, 2010, can upgrade to any smartphone, including DROID X, without penalty.

For more information on DROID X by Motorola, go to http://phones.verizonwireless.com/droid/x/.  For information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

Source: Motorola

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  • I have flying monkeys

    (thinking to myself) damn it T-mo…why is Verizon beating you on phones? Why are you taking so long to come out w/ a kick @ss phone?? (sigh)

    nice phone Verizon. maybe one day I’ll jump ship and join you.

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    So what about when Froyo hits with built in tethering? Is this an indication that Verizon will block that unless you pay the $20 hotspot fee?

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    Even better than the previous July 19th release date. They better pump out a ton of these because these are going to fly off the shelves

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    Also i would like to know the weight of this. Any of you guys have any idea how heavy this bad boy will be? I know the HTC EVO is 6 ounces. I would assume it is similar to that.

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      So It actually weights less than the moto droid.

      Don’t know if that helps you in your weight determination.

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        Who gives a flying monkey flip how many ounces it weighs. People act like it’s a 50 pound dumb bell that their putting up to their ears. Remember people it’s just ounces, not pounds. LOL.

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    Nice phone, nice features. Very comparible to my EVO. Android is pumping out some nice phones.

    Hot spot feature has got to be a sour note for verizon customers though. I can only imagine that total price. Oh well, kudos to them for this phone.

    OT, if they are supposedly trying to come with some LTE in a year or 2, i assume this aint a LTE ready phone huh?? Just curious.

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    and no droid 2 info! shame on motorola!

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      Not true, not every one is into having big phones. I have an Incredible with th option of geting the Droid X at the same 199 price as if i were to upgrade and I dont think I would make the change. I think the Incredible is a perfect size. Im not into wearing my phone on the side cliped onto my belt, my phone goes where everything ells goes, in my pockets. I personally feel that the X is t big. well that’s my opinon.

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    Hi,
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  • angrydot

    So what is the special upgrade pricing? The press release only states that Verizon contracts ending before 12/31/2010 may upgrade w/o penalty.

  • angrydot

    I’m ready to order my Droid, but I’m willing to pay the extra $50 for the Droid X – or will the price of the Droid drop when X is released?

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    how much is the droid with out the 2 yr contract? id like to buy one let me know
    -thanks

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