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Motorola Droid X Confirmed for July

Wednesday Verizon fired over a rather lengthy email announcing that the Motorola DROID X will be available in stores starting July 15. The new phone will cost $199.99 after a $100 mail-in rebate, and will require Verizon's customary 2-year ball and chain (aka contract). As previously reported, this beast will come packed with a 4.3-inch high-resolution screen (854 x 480), a 1GHz OMAP processor, 24 GB of storage (8 GB internal, 16 GB removable), and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities (subscription required).

"Nine months ago, we made a commitment to our customers to bring the openness of Android to the Verizon Wireless network," said John Stratton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. "Since then, we have introduced the top-selling Android phone in the marketplace today – the DROID by Motorola. DROID X takes that commitment to another level with exclusive content, faster processing speeds, and, of course, the reliability of our network."

This phone definitely sounds hot. One feature Motorola's original DROID lacked was video output--that's resolved with the DROID X, as it provides an HDMI output for DRM-free video content. Other bells and whistles (or in this case, beeps and bloops) include an 8-megapixel camera with a dual-LED flash, 720p video recording and playback, seven customizable home screens, and tons more goodies. Consumers who just purchased the original DROID are probably hating life right about now.

One other thing Verizon mentioned was streaming BLOCKBUSTER On Demand. Apparently Verizon has integrated this service into V CAST Video. Those who already subscribe to Verizon's video streaming service will be out of luck--apparently the BLOCKBUSTER aspect is only for the DROID X. Yeah, bummer.

"Movies and other video content look tremendous on DROID X, which has the screen, resolution and size to make it like nothing we’ve ever seen before on smartphones," said John Stratton, chief marketing officer at Verizon Wireless. "Right out of the box, DROID X customers will be the first to experience the hundreds of movies that will be available through the Blockbuster app."

  • joytech22
    Wait.. i thought the Processor was a 1GHz ARMv7?!
  • I assume they're using the 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP4440 1 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore + PowerVR SGX 540 GPU + C64x+ DSP + ISP (Image Signal Processor). As per Wikipedia, the ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore uses the ARM v7 instruction set architecture.
  • Puns
    Pshh, DROID, DROID ERIS, DROID X... when are they bringing out DROID R2D2? Come on, it's the DROID everyone's looking for!
  • p3t3or
    Verizon will nickel and dime you. I'm still game on picking up Sprint's Android phone in Feb when my contract with At&t expires.
  • doomtomb
    iPhone 4 is such a nicer phone than this plastic crap Motorola keeps hashing together.
  • chickenhoagie
    doomtombiPhone 4 is such a nicer phone than this plastic crap Motorola keeps hashing together.c'mon doomtomb..i got an iphone 4g too, but lets please not start this opinionated argument..
  • bison88
    Dig the removable storage. One of the things failing some touch phones *cough* iPhone. Looks spectacular, but I'm guessing no OLED screen?
    OK I'm dying to see a comparison between this and the iPhone 4.
  • nicklasd87
    doomtombiPhone 4 is such a nicer phone than this plastic crap Motorola keeps hashing together. Uhh...are you positive this doesn't have metal construction? I am pretty sure the Droid was Metal...In more than one way
  • Pei-chen
    I spend tonight checking the 4 major carriers' family data plan price and Verizon is simply too expensive. T-mobile matched AT&T in price while Sprint is the cheapest by about $30/month.

    My AT&T contract is up so it is either iPhone 4 or EVO 4G

    BTW, can anyone confirm that Sprint is the best carrier in NYC?