Oct 05 AT 10:59 PM Sean Riley 21 Comments

Droid Pro officially announced for Verizon with a new look for the Droid line

The Droid Pro has appeared in a couple of the Verizon roadmap leaks over the last couple months, but unlike some of the other Droid family members there were no image leaks to reveal what exactly Motorola had in store for us. Well the wait is finally over as Motorola and Verizon have officially announced the Droid Pro just prior to the opening of the fall CTIA conference in San Francisco and it isn’t exactly the Droid we were expecting the Droid Pro to be.

The most notable feature of the Droid Pro is going to be its portrait QWERTY form factor which hearkens back more to the old Motorola Q9H rather than the previous entries in the Droid line. The Droid Pro is going directly after the enterprise market with both a form factor that they feel will be more comfortable to those users and a feature set that they hope will make it more palatable to IT departments.

The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID,  the DROID PRO consolidates users’ work and personal needs.  This is just another reason the DROID PRO is setting a new standard for enterprise, allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of a smartphone with full push delivery of corporate e-mail and corporate level security.Sanjay JhaCo-CEO of Motorola

Presumably we’ll be hearing more about the Droid Pro during CTIA, but here are some of the highlights:

  • 3.1″ capacitive touch screen
  • 1 GHz OMAP 3620 processor
  • 2 GB ROM
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 2 GB sd card
  • Android 2.2 with a reduced version of Blur
  • 802.11 n WiFi
  • 5 MP camera with auto focus and dual LED flash
  • DVD-quality video
  • Global roaming capability
  • 3G Mobile Hotspot support
  • DLNA support
  • Exchange and Gmail for business support
  • Corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar

Do you think Motorola has hit on the right formula with the Droid Pro to finally help Android make serious inroads into the enterprise market?

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Global Android Smartphone from Verizon Wireless Combines Rich Business and Personal Mobile Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ — From CTIA Enterprise & Applicationsâ„¢ 2010, Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today unveiled DROID PRO, a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs.  The first Androidâ„¢-based smartphone optimized for business use, DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20101005/NY76682 )

(Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20101005/NY76682 )

DROID PRO meets employers’ and employees’ needs by addressing the productivity tools businesses require, including corporate connectivity and security; full push corporate e-mail with corporate level security; unified calendar with additional work features; pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, a powerful 1 GHz processor; 4 GB of memory (2 GB internal; and 2 GB removable) and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.

“DROID PRO combines the feature-packed, high-level user experience that customers look for in an Android smartphone plus the security that enterprises require, all with the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network,” said Mike Lanman, president — Enterprise and Government Markets for Verizon Wireless.  “DROID PRO builds on our commitment to deliver the best Android experience to the marketplace as well as to our enterprise customers.”

“The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility.  “The DROID PRO consolidates users’ work and personal needs.  This is just another reason the DROID PRO is setting a new standard for enterprise, allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of a smartphone with full push delivery of corporate e-mail and corporate level security.”

Key features and specifications:

  • Support for both Exchange e-mail and Gmailâ„¢ for business
  • Corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendarâ„¢
  • PC-like browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 on a full, multi-touch, 3.1-inch brilliant display built on Android 2.2
  • View, edit and share documents, including Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets, PowerPoint® presentations and Word® documents
  • Built-in security features, including AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support.  Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities — Allows customers to connect up to five other Wi-Fi®-enabled devices and laptops
  • Live widgets that stream e-mail messages to the home screen; customers can filter the widgets to separate work and home e-mail
  • 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash as well as DVD-quality video
  • 3G diversity antennae provides customers with enhanced data speeds and range
  • Wi-Fi®-enabled DLNA® connectivity
  • Android Marketâ„¢ — Provides customers with access to more than 80,000 applications
  • My Verizon and Backup Assistant(SM) support — Allows customers to manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones

Pricing and availability:

  • DROID PRO will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks.  Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
  • For more 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.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visitwww.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visitwww.motorola.com.

MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo and MOTOBLUR are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Used under license. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used under license. All other product and service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2010 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.

Android, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc.

Via: Android Central

Source: PR Newswire

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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  • http://Website darkjuan

    A blackberried Android phone?

  • http://Website Icon

    I personally wouldn’t use it, but I think it will bring some more attention to Android, which is always a good thing.

  • http://Website mehLer

    these phones suck.

  • http://www.androidmatters.com android matters

    China now has fast growing up industry for own brand chipset solution based Android phones with fancy outlook and great low price, with or without the keyboard like this new Motorola Droid Pro, different screen size with enhanced AVI, Xvid, RMVB etc. multimedia supports that could be good choices for many countries’ end users who can’t afford to pay high cost for mot/samsung android phones but still want to get benefits from google’s most advanced android mobile OS, check http://www.androidmatters.com for more details.

  • SliestDragon

    It’s not my style, but looks very promising for blackberry converts. Not bad Moto.

  • http://Website Jt

    This phone is a non-starter for me. It contains the typical Verizon adware (City ID, VZ Navigator, VZ Backup assistant) and is uninstallable by the user. Quite sad on a “pro” device aimed at the corporate market.

  • http://Website Slider

    I think a BB torch form factor would’ve looked much more pleasing.. when I’m using the touch screen, I think I’ll get very annoyed by the keyboard. Would’ve liked a more compact design, and if it means that you need a touch screen phone with a slide-out keyboard, so be it.

    • http://Website Bobba

      I think your missing the point. Verizon particularly already has several all touch phones, and several keyboard slider phones.

      This is a different form factor that specifically appeals to Verizon’s hord of Blackberry users. One of the main reasons Blackberry users are so loyal is because of their great keyboards. It was very hard for me to part with my Blackberry until the virtual keyboard technology matured and got much better.

      So this phone will help to convert many business users who are on Blackberry’s. Not only because the keyboard, but because of support for Exchange and it’s a World phone that will work overseas.

  • http://Website Hans

    Hmm,I wonder what kind of camera and video resolution this phone has…

  • http://Website Jeff

    Droid Pro…really? Probably not the best name for this device, but you got to start somewhere in the buisness market and this is that step.

  • Nicko01

    It’s always good to see unique Android phones, especially in the popular and highly advertised Droid line. This will definitely draw some attention from the business people and can potentially hurt some of RIM’s remaining sales, many of which are corporate.

    Personally, though, I don’t really like portrait keyboard layouts. They’re too limited and reduce the screen size by a lot.

  • http://droidandroidgames.com/ AndroidGames

    While this phone is not for me (don’t like qwerty in any form) I’d like to play with it a little, people say it’s surprisingly light which I appreciate in smarthphones. It’s also good for its “world” features – I am no cdma fan.

  • http://Website mike

    more like droid starter i still think the x or D2 oare better

    • http://Website Bobba

      Better for whom?

      That’s the point here. The keyboard is for a particular type of user. If your sending emails all day and particularly if your coming from a Blackberry, this phone would probably be “better” for you.

      If your an average non-business consumer, a larger touch screen only device probably would appeal to you more.

      It’s all about choice. Verizon has no less than 4 Android phones on shelves today. This will just add even more options.

  • http://www.androidmatters.com Android Matters

    Repost: China now has fast growing up industry for own brand chipset solution based Android phones with fancy outlook and great low price, with or without the keyboard like this new Motorola Droid Pro, different screen size with enhanced AVI, Xvid, RMVB etc. multimedia supports that could be good choices for many countries’ end users who can’t afford to pay high cost for mot/samsung android phones but still want to get benefits from google’s most advanced android mobile OS, check http://www.androidmatters.com for more details.

  • http://Website Mast3rShake

    Moto going right for RIM’s throat. So many Verizon/Moto haters on this site but they put Android on the map and now they are finally making a great attempt to get Android into the business community’s hands. RIM is in trouble now if they weren’t already before.

  • http://Website Phazoni

    BUYER BEWARE

    Motorola has let the Cliq owners rot on the vine with NONE of the promised updates. If you buy this phone be wary that Motorola could just as easily leave you hanging when it comes to updates to the Android OS.

  • http://Website The Cynic

    Instead of Pro, looks more like a “Droidberry” or Droid Lite

  • http://Website marco

    not gonna work.. the phones ugly… and theres lots of android phones with keyboards… PEOPLE WANT BBM!! (BLACKBERRY MESSENGER) DUH…. then they will switch

  • http://Website A.J.

    I only see this working well for a substitute for blackberry if Google contacts is modified to have support for groups even for mobile devices and integrated with phone numbers. That is the one thing I miss when not using a blackberry.

  • HipHopIsLyfe37

    I think this is a great idea for Motorola. I really like the form factor since I used to be a BlackBerry user myself. Motorola is on top of their game

  1. darkjuanGuest 4 years ago

    A blackberried Android phone?

  2. IconGuest 4 years ago

    I personally wouldn’t use it, but I think it will bring some more attention to Android, which is always a good thing.

  3. mehLerGuest 4 years ago

    these phones suck.

  4. android mattersGuest 4 years ago

    China now has fast growing up industry for own brand chipset solution based Android phones with fancy outlook and great low price, with or without the keyboard like this new Motorola Droid Pro, different screen size with enhanced AVI, Xvid, RMVB etc. multimedia supports that could be good choices for many countries’ end users who can’t afford to pay high cost for mot/samsung android phones but still want to get benefits from google’s most advanced android mobile OS, check http://www.androidmatters.com for more details.

  5. It’s not my style, but looks very promising for blackberry converts. Not bad Moto.

  6. JtGuest 4 years ago

    This phone is a non-starter for me. It contains the typical Verizon adware (City ID, VZ Navigator, VZ Backup assistant) and is uninstallable by the user. Quite sad on a “pro” device aimed at the corporate market.

  7. SliderGuest 4 years ago

    I think a BB torch form factor would’ve looked much more pleasing.. when I’m using the touch screen, I think I’ll get very annoyed by the keyboard. Would’ve liked a more compact design, and if it means that you need a touch screen phone with a slide-out keyboard, so be it.

    • BobbaGuest 4 years ago

      I think your missing the point. Verizon particularly already has several all touch phones, and several keyboard slider phones.

      This is a different form factor that specifically appeals to Verizon’s hord of Blackberry users. One of the main reasons Blackberry users are so loyal is because of their great keyboards. It was very hard for me to part with my Blackberry until the virtual keyboard technology matured and got much better.

      So this phone will help to convert many business users who are on Blackberry’s. Not only because the keyboard, but because of support for Exchange and it’s a World phone that will work overseas.

  8. HansGuest 4 years ago

    Hmm,I wonder what kind of camera and video resolution this phone has…

  9. JeffGuest 4 years ago

    Droid Pro…really? Probably not the best name for this device, but you got to start somewhere in the buisness market and this is that step.

  10. It’s always good to see unique Android phones, especially in the popular and highly advertised Droid line. This will definitely draw some attention from the business people and can potentially hurt some of RIM’s remaining sales, many of which are corporate.

    Personally, though, I don’t really like portrait keyboard layouts. They’re too limited and reduce the screen size by a lot.

  11. While this phone is not for me (don’t like qwerty in any form) I’d like to play with it a little, people say it’s surprisingly light which I appreciate in smarthphones. It’s also good for its “world” features – I am no cdma fan.

  12. mikeGuest 4 years ago

    more like droid starter i still think the x or D2 oare better

    • BobbaGuest 4 years ago

      Better for whom?

      That’s the point here. The keyboard is for a particular type of user. If your sending emails all day and particularly if your coming from a Blackberry, this phone would probably be “better” for you.

      If your an average non-business consumer, a larger touch screen only device probably would appeal to you more.

      It’s all about choice. Verizon has no less than 4 Android phones on shelves today. This will just add even more options.

  13. Android MattersGuest 4 years ago

    Repost: China now has fast growing up industry for own brand chipset solution based Android phones with fancy outlook and great low price, with or without the keyboard like this new Motorola Droid Pro, different screen size with enhanced AVI, Xvid, RMVB etc. multimedia supports that could be good choices for many countries’ end users who can’t afford to pay high cost for mot/samsung android phones but still want to get benefits from google’s most advanced android mobile OS, check http://www.androidmatters.com for more details.

  14. Mast3rShakeGuest 4 years ago

    Moto going right for RIM’s throat. So many Verizon/Moto haters on this site but they put Android on the map and now they are finally making a great attempt to get Android into the business community’s hands. RIM is in trouble now if they weren’t already before.

  15. PhazoniGuest 4 years ago

    BUYER BEWARE

    Motorola has let the Cliq owners rot on the vine with NONE of the promised updates. If you buy this phone be wary that Motorola could just as easily leave you hanging when it comes to updates to the Android OS.

  16. The CynicGuest 4 years ago

    Instead of Pro, looks more like a “Droidberry” or Droid Lite

  17. marcoGuest 4 years ago

    not gonna work.. the phones ugly… and theres lots of android phones with keyboards… PEOPLE WANT BBM!! (BLACKBERRY MESSENGER) DUH…. then they will switch

  18. A.J.Guest 4 years ago

    I only see this working well for a substitute for blackberry if Google contacts is modified to have support for groups even for mobile devices and integrated with phone numbers. That is the one thing I miss when not using a blackberry.

  19. I think this is a great idea for Motorola. I really like the form factor since I used to be a BlackBerry user myself. Motorola is on top of their game