Nov 01 AT 6:36 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Droid 2 Global edition coming soon, 1.2 GHz CPU confirmed

Verizon customers will soon be able to purchase the Droid 2 Global edition, which adds GSM support so the phone can still function in other countries. Motorola will also bump the CPU speed up to 1.2 GHz, which will make this one of the fastest Android phones when it becomes available.

No launch date has been announced yet, but Verizon just lowered the original Droid 2 to $150 and Best Buy has already discontinued that model. Verizon is launching the Samsung Galaxy Tab and Continuum on November 11th, so that could also be the date we see the Droid 2 Global.

When it comes to network support the Droid 2 Global sports dual band CDMA, quad band GSM, and tri band UMTS. That means your phone will be able to connect to over 200 countries from around the globe. Verizon’s upcoming HTC Merge is also expected to have global support.

Other features of the Droid 2 Global include multiple color options including Dark Sapphire and Winter White (pictured above), remote wipe of device and SD card, and inbox filtering.

Droid 2 Global fact sheet

Droid 2 Global fact sheet.

Source: Droid Life

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  • http://Website Matt

    wow. can’t wait to see the quadrant scores. hope it doesn’t have that damn efuse though. its your phone not motorolas. if you want to flash custom roms then you should be able to. also on that map with the devices is that an iphone four? not that i will ever leave android but i find it suprising.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      The Quadrant scores make me curious too. But moreso, what kind of GPU? CPU speed became somewhat of a moot point beyond a theoretical standpoint when the new JIT compiler hit Android in FroYo 2.2.

      A nearly fivefold increase in processing efficiency is allowing even the most pitiful processors to perform fairly well. I have my theories as to why this is being an excuse to releasing sub-standard ARM11 CPUs like those in the Viewpad 7 and the Samsung Transform but that’s another topic.

      So GPU performance is quickly becoming Android’s weak point. Phones like the Galaxy S line and the 2nd and 3rd generation Snapdragons seem to make progress in this field, but will TI finally move beyond using the same ‘ol PowerVR SGX 535 besides bumping the clock speed yet again?

      We’ll have to wait until Taylor can share with us some tidbits about the nVidia GPUs in the Tegra 2s as well. I don’t think I could work under an NDA; it’d kill me.

  • http://Website Steve

    With all those cellular radios, the battery life must suck.

    • Sean the Electrofreak

      Sure, ‘cuz it’s going to run all the radios at once for no damn reason at all.

      You run the radio for the network you’re on, and you enable the other radios when you travel. Seriously.

  • http://Website gusto5

    I wonder just which of the three UTMS bands should we expect this to be on

  • http://Website Ryan Kim

    good: iOS
    better: Android 2.1 Eclair
    best: Android 2.2 Froyo

    perfectly true, but I would categorize iOS as worst (just saying)

  • http://Website Greg

    Maybe I missed it, but can someone elaborate on what bands the GSM radio will work on? That is, will US AT&T and/or T-Mobile customers be able to use this phone with 3G/”4G” speeds?

    • http://Website Greg

      A little more research is pointing me toward thinking that quad-band indicates that it will work with AT&T and T-Mobile in the US. As a T-Mobile customer, this intrigues me.

  • http://Website MrSatoV

    I think it is a little unfair to use the Incredible and not the Evo, since the Evo beats the Incredible. At least it adds 4G, which the others don’t. And you can call whatever high speed data protocol the other carriers use, 4G. Too bad they’re not out yet. But they also come with the 8GB mSD card, which according to your chart, the Incredible does not. There are points where the Evo would win, and more that would tie (than the Incredible). Some other comparisons on the chart are pointless, or incorrect. I put a multitouch keyboard on my Evo – although I use SWYPE instead. Really, the only way the Droid 2 beats the Evo is screen technology and CPU speed… and as far as we know, it could be the same CPU overclocked – which can be done on the Evo, and I have had mine to 1.4.

    In short, I’m not impressed or excited. There just isn’t enough change here. Talk to me about the Tegra2. Talk to me about Honeycomb.

  • http://Website hesoyam

    That “5mp camera with low-light capabilities” sounds intersthing :)

  • http://Website BigCor

    So can anyone confirm if this will be compatible with t-mobile? If it is I’m certainly picking one up these holidays, thanks!

  • Convor

    Found this while searching for the same answer.