It’s official – Verizon is going all in with Android this holiday season. The guys over at Phone Arena have posted the most detailed Verizon roadmap we have seen, which includes over a dozen new Android devices. Some we have seen leak several times and others we are just learning of for the first time. Read on after the jump to see what Verizon has in store for the holiday season.Keep in mind most of this information comes from an unnamed source at Verizon, so release dates are not 100% certain and all information is subject to change. A similar roadmap leaked last week, but this time around we have a lot more details on each individual phone.
1. Motorola Droid 2 World Edition (A956)
Coming in September is the Motorola Droid 2 World Edition (WE), which is a clone of the Droid 2 that works on CDMA and GSM networks. This will be Verizon’s first global Android smartphone, but several others are on the way. The Droid 2 WE will be available in the traditional black and blue color scheme and will also be sold in white.
2. Motorola Citrus (WX445)
The Motorola Citrus will be an entry-level Android phone targeted towards younger market. We saw this phone leak last month and not much is known about the specs, but the main feature is said to be the affordable price tag. We expect the screen to be 3 inches or smaller and feature a QVGA resolution.
3. Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S)
The Samsung Fascinate is Verizon’s version of the Galaxy S. We have known this phone was coming for awhile, but last we heard it had been delayed till “late summer or early fall”. Now it is expected to arrived in October. Samsung should have Android 2.2 for the Galaxy S ready by September, so there is a small chance the Fascinate could launch with it already installed.
4. Samsung Continuum (I400)
Little is known about the Samsung Continuum, but it is expected to be released in October. The device is said to be a mid-range Android phone.
5. Samsung Gem (I100)
Also expected in October is the Samsung Gem. Phone Arena states this is a low-end Android phone with a QWERTY keyboard, but previous leaks have shown us this device is touchscreen only. The Gem runs Android 2.1 and the familiar TouchWiz UI of the Galaxy S.
We have heard this device is near release, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it launched earlier in September.
Update: Several sources have informed us the Samsung Gem has been canceled and will never see the light of day.
6. Motorola XT610
A device called the Motorola XT610 is said to be the younger brother of the Droid X and also coming in October.It will feature a similar size screen to the Droid X (4.3 inches), but come with a slower processor and lower megapixel camera (3-5PM). The XT610 will be target at those who want a big screen smartphone, but do not want to pay for top of the line performance. Look for the XT610 to debut around $100-$130 with 2-year contract.
7. Motorola Sick (A957)
The Motorola A957 could be named the Sick and launch in October. No further information is available about this device. It could be the BlackBerry-inspired Motorola phone for Verizon that has yet to be identified or the rumored Droid Pro (see #13).
8. enTourage eDGe
Believe it or not, Verizon is said to have picked up the enTourage eDGE dual-book. We went hands on with this e-reader mutation last year and were not that impressed, so hopefully Verizon has upped the build quality. The eDGe is currently on sale from enTourage’s site and goes for $549. Look for it in November.
9. enTourage Pocket
Verizon could also launch the enTourage Pocket in November. We don’t have any information on this device, but it sounds like a prototype we saw back at CES. We expect the design will be similar of original eDGe dualbook, but at about half the physical size.
10. HTC Merge (ADR6325)
A device named the HTC Merge will feature a “10MP camera and faster than 1GHz processor” and it should appear in November. Our friends at Phandroid have spotted the Merge in Verizon’s inventory system, but not much else is known about the device. AndroidGuys also revealed a HTC world phone with Verizon branding (pictured above) which may or may not be the Merge.
11. Motorola Stingray (Z600)
Motorola has long been rumored to be releasing an Android tablet in Q4 of this year. It has been suggested it could be delayed till early 2011, but Phone Arena is suggesting it could still be coming in November. The rumors for this device are all over the place including the possible inclusion of Gingerbread (Android 3.0?), 7-10 inch display, and dual-core Tegra 2 processor.
Verizon and Motorola are virtual best buddies now so I truly believe this tablet is coming, but I’m not so certain about the release date. NVIDIA still claims Tegra 2 will be available in smartphones and tablets this year, but we have no firm information on the release of Gingerbread.
12. Samsung I800 tablet
Samsung should also release their Android tablet as soon as November of this year on Verizon. This could be the 7-inch Galaxy S tablet we have seen before, but Phone Arena says it could also feature a 10-inch display. Samsung is expected to unveil their tablet at next month’s IFA show in Berlin, so we should have more hard details soon.
13. Droid Pro?
Missing from Phone Arena’s report is any mention of the Droid Pro, which was expected to be the next high-end Droid from Motorola. The Droid Pro might actually be the Sick A957 mentioned above or it could be a separate device. The Droid Pro is rumored to have a 1.3 GHz CPU (I’m guessing OMAP4), 4 inch display, and global roaming capabilities.
We also can’t forget Motorola’s promise to deliver a 2 GHz smartphone this year. I have a hard time believing they will actually hit 2 GHz, but it’s totally believable for them to release a dual-core smartphone in 2010. This could be a NVIDIA Tegra 2 product or maybe even the TI OMAP4.
Update: Engadget is reporting the Droid Pro and the Droid 2 world edition might be the same device.
Verizon has more Android devices in the pipeline than most of the other carriers combined. The nation’s largest carrier is one of the more expensive choices, but you can’t argue with the impressive Android lineup produced so far the largest 3G network. Looking into the future, things should only get better as Verizon will be launching 4G LTE this year and should ship the first LTE handsets in 2011.
- Motorola Droid 2 World Edition
- Motorola Citrus WX445
- Samsung Fascinate (Galaxy S)
- Samsung Continuum I400
- Samsung Gem I100 (Canceled)
- Motorola XT610 (similar to Droid X in size but lower specs)
- Motorola A957 (possibly named Sick, not much info right now)
- enTourage eDGe (dual-screen e-reader + tablet Android device)
- enTourage Pocket (small Android device)
- HTC Merge (10 MP camera and processor faster than 1GHz)
- Motorola Z600 (Android tablet rumored to be called STINGRAY)
- Samsung I800
Which device are you looking forward to the most?