Live from a press conference in NYC today, a group of executives from Verizon, Motorola, Google, and Adobe introduced the Droid X — the next generation of the Droid family. Coming stocked with a 4.3-inch display, HD quality video recording and playback, and an HDMI output, the Droid X begs to be used for video. It gets its wish by coming with software from Blockbuster (for renting and buying films), Verizon's VCast, NFL Mobile, and Skype Mobile so you can chat with your faraway friends and family.
The Droid X wants to be your all-in-one device for web browsing, entertainment, communication, and computing. And it can be all that (and more) with the included 8MP camera (with dual LED flash and image stabilization), 8GB internal memory space (with a 16GB card included in the box, expandable up to 40GB), GPS, Bluetooth, multitouch SWIPE keyboard (more on SWIPE later), and three microphones for superior call quality and noise cancellation. The Droid X even tethers up to five devices, acting as its own 3G and WiFi hotspot! Want to hear more about the Droid X? Of course you do! Then just read on.
Other features of the Droid X include:
- Gmail and Exchange push.
- Video can be captured in slow motion or high-speed modes.
- Data streaming widgets keep your info coming in real time.
- Audible turn-by-turn directions with Google Maps.
- Comes with Android 2.1 and Motoblur, but will be upgraded to Android 2.2 this Summer.
- Removable battery gets eight hours of talk time, 220 standby.
- Will have Flash 10.1 later this Summer.
- Allows up to eight open browser windows.
- Any customer with a contract ending in 2010 will be eligible for upgrade.
- $30 gets you an unlimited data plan, while an additional $20 will get you a 2GB tethering plan.
The Droid X will be available on Verizon's network through various outlets (like Best Buy) on July 15 and will set you back $200 with a two-year contract.