Skip to main content

Motorola To Launch Second Android Phone On 6th Of November With Lucasfilm?

Motorola is set to launch a super slim Android smartphone called the Droid on Verizon Wireless and has even got an advert that squarely parodies Apple's series of television ads, calling its arch rival, the iDon't

There's already a website a website up called Droiddoes.com where you can find that video; the site mentions that there will be 10,000 apps for the device; surprisingly enough, the name Droid - which is a trademark of Lucasfilm - is used under license.

The Droid will apparently launch on the 6th of November according to a number of adverts that have crept up on Google and Android fan website, Phandroid. BoyGeniusReport also had an exclusive preview with the the device and found it to be "the Android device to beat, and easily the most impressive".

Expect the phone to retain the same rectangular form factor with a QWERTY keyboard lurking on the side. But even then, the Droid, which will run Android 2.0, is apparently only marginally thicker than the iPhone 3GS.

According to BGR pictures, the screen is likely to be a 4.3-inch one with a resolution of 480x800 pixels (that's wholly hypothetical though, based on recent Android/Windows Mobile releases). However it is confirmed that it will have a 5-megapixel camera with flash.

It packs a TI OMAP3430 processor, which uses the same ARM Cortex-A8 core as the iPhone 3GS and the Palm Pre, and the only unknown is whether it will be allowed to run at 800MHz or if it will be downclocked like for Apple's latest smartphone.

BGR is pretty much ecstatic about the device saying that it has the best (capacitive) screen they have ever seen on an Android handset and there's even a desktop cradle/charger that turns the phone into a multimedia station.

This is something we wrote about - as part of our April fools article series - back in March 2009 actually. Should the desktop charger become a hit, our bet will be that Apple will come up with something better, maybe a wireless HDMI base unit/charger.

Our Comments

To make things worse, BGR says that the Droid makes the CLIQ (or the Motorola Text as it is known in the UK), looks like a child's toy. We therefore wonder whether Cliq's users will be offered an upgrade path (for free?) or whether they'll end up hitting a brick wall.

Related Links

Verizon Droid phone does have release date of October 30 (opens in new tab)

(Phonesreview)

Verizon Launching Motorola Droid November 6th? (opens in new tab)

(Phandroid)

With DROID has Motorola rediscovered its Mojo? (opens in new tab)

(Siliconrepublic)

Motorola Droid leaked in more detail (opens in new tab)

(Pocketlint)

Motorola Droid hands on! (opens in new tab)

(BGR)

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.