Update: Sorry folks, the R2-D2 Droid 2 only features a 1 GHz CPU, but if you want to hack your phone you can still reach 1.2 GHz.
Four days from now in a galaxy near, near to us the Droid 2 R2-D2 Edition will be launching at midnight at a select group of Verizon Wireless locations. As befitting of a device that is this strong with the force (I hear its midi-chlorian count is over 10,000) Verizon is rolling out the red carpet and hosting parties for your favorite Astromech themed handset.
More on the festivities in a minute, but first a rumor that BGR dropped earlier today. A tipster told them that the R2-D2 Droid 2 is running at 1.2 Ghz versus the 1 Ghz of the standard Droid 2. We’ve seen reports previously that the Droid 2 World Edition would be cranked up to 1.2 Ghz so it is well within reason that Motorola would hit the gas for this special edition Droid 2 as well. Less likely, but possible would be that the R2-D2 edition is a painted Droid 2 WE. Keep in mind this isn’t a new processor, just a faster clock speed. We’ll find out the truth of the matter soon enough.
Returning to the launch details, the first news came from Verizon Insider outing the official launch date as September 30th with a list of 10 stores that would have midnight events featuring Star Wars characters and free t-shirts and posters for those that buy any Droid smartphone. You can find that list by hitting the “VIA” link at the bottom of the post.
BGR added a few details regarding the midnight launch at one store in Lewisville, Texas. Their event is starting at 11 p.m. on the 29th and will feature store employees dressed as Storm Troopers, a DJ, video gaming, and most notably they will be giving away 5 R2-D2 Droid 2′s. It is worth noting that this isn’t one of the stores from the earlier list so if you are really interested you should contact your local Verizon store even if they aren’t on the list to see if they have anything planned. If anyone knows their local store is hosting something give a shout out in comments.
This is a limited edition handset as we have known from the start and according to this tipster each store that stocks them will have just 200 and when those are gone that’s all she wrote. Early reports were that it would be available online only, so unless this is a total reversal you might be able to save yourself the trip and just pick it up online at midnight on the 30th.
The Venn Diagram of Star Wars fans and Android fans must have a pretty solid overlap and the Droid 2 is a good if not great handset, so what about it, anyone planning on picking up a new Astromech companion this week?