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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