With all the hype surrounding the Motorola Droid, you might forget that Verizon is launching a second Android phone called the Droid Eris from HTC. The phone is basically the same specs as the HTC Hero (528 MHz processor) and we anticipated it would be priced lower than the Moto Droid.
According to gdgt, the Droid Eris will retail for only $99 and be available on November 6, 2009. Verizon has been very quiet on the device, but it is expected to ship with Android 1.5. This is kind of disappointing when compared to the Droid that comes with Android 2.0, but I guess you get what you pay for.
The Droid Eris is also said to feature the HTC Sense UI, which is the likely reason it is limited to Android 1.5. A report from AndroidGuys suggest that HTC will be skipping Android 1.6 for their Sense enabled phones and focus on Android 2.0. We have yet to hear how Verizon will handle updates, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Hey, at least Verizon customers are getting more choices.