May 18 AT 3:42 PM Alberto Vildosola 6 Comments

Motorola Droid X2 officially announced; available for $200 on May 19th

Motorola and Verizon have finally given up on keeping the Droid X2 a secret, and this morning made the phone as official as it gets. You’ll be able to get the phone online for $200 on May 19 and at your local Verizon store on May 26 — as previously known. For two Benjamins, you’ll get all the following goodies:

  • Android 2.2 Froyo, but it’ll be updated to Gingerbread soon
  • 1 GHz Dual-core Tegra 2 Processor
  • 512 MB of RAM and 8GB of ROM
  • 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution 960 x 540
  • 8MP back-facing camera with dual-LED Flash
  • 8GB microSD card included
  • 1540 mAh battery
  • HDMI-out

While the Droid X2 does have some pretty decent specs by today’s standards, we can’t help but notice some missing features. Starting with the OS version, Gingerbread was released more than six months ago, there’s absolutely no excuse to be launching Android devices with Froyo at this point.

Then there’s the missing front-facing camera. Even mid-range phones like the Droid Charge are launching with front-facing camera these days. The front-facing camera is starting to become a standard feature in Android devices. But somehow Motorola or Verizon thought that a superphone like the Droid X2 didn’t need one.

Finally, no 4G support. Every single high-end Android phone released today should support some form of 4G. It’s pretty simple: powerful device requires powerful network. Why put an 8MP camera that records HD video in there, if it’ll take users half an hour to upload the video to YouTube.

In summary, the Droid X2 is a good update to the original Droid X, but it doesn’t stand a chance against some of the other superphones that are coming soon.

Show Press Release

Fast and Powerful DROID X2 by Motorola to be Available Online Beginning May 19
May 18, 2011

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill.– Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the second-generation Android™-powered DROID X2 by Motorola, designed for the consumer who does everything on their smartphone.

Fly through the Web with the DROID X2, which boasts Verizon Wireless’ first dual-core 1GHz processor for fast webpage loading and Adobe® Flash® Player, allowing customers to experience rich content online. The 4.3-inch scratch-resistant and anti-reflective qHD display delivers a sharp, clear view ideal for watching movies, typing emails and playing your favorite games. Never miss a moment using the 8-megapixel camera with continuous autofocus and stunning HD video capture. Use the new Gallery app to view, tag and post photos on sites like Flickr® and Facebook®, all from one place.

Additional features:

Powered by Android 2.2, to be updated to Android 2.3
Mirror Mode allows you to view and share your photos, videos and downloaded movies on a larger TV via HDMI output
Enterprise-ready with security and IT-grade policies, allowing you to use your DROID X2 for work and play
Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™, and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™
Mobile Hotspot capability, allowing you to share your 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails

Pricing and availability:

The DROID X2 will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 19 and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on May 26for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.
DROID X2 customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package. Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access.

For more information on Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Motorola Mobility
Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE:MMI) fuses innovative technology with human insights to create experiences that simplify, connect and enrich people’s lives. Our portfolio includes converged mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets; wireless accessories; end-to-end video and data delivery; and management solutions, including set-tops and data-access devices. For more information, visit motorola.com/mobility.

Via: Engadget

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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