Verizon Wireless will start taking preorders for the Motorola Droid Pro Android-based smartphone as from today with customers being able to preorder the phone from the carrier's website or from its brick and mortar stores.
The phone will be available officially on the 18th of November and will cost $180 (after a $100 mail-in-rebate) on a two year contract.
The Droid Pro - which looks like an elongated Blackberry Curve - runs on Android OS 2.2 (Froyo) and sports a 1Ghz Ti OMAP SoC, a 3.1-inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of only 320x480 pixels (which could be its weak point).
Its forte though lies its full QWERTY keyboard a la RIM, one which clearly shows its intention to fight the Canadian manufacturer in the enterprise market.
On top of that, the Droid Pro include Microsoft Exchange compatibility, 2GB inbuilt storage, Adobe Flash 10.1, a 5-megapixel camera with dual flash and AF, a microSD card reader and a 1420 mAh LiIon battery.
In addition, the smartphone will include "corporate level security" with its push email, AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, the ability to remotely wipe the phone, complex password support, unified calendar, and even preinstalled Quickoffice Mobile Suite.
Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, reckons that "The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID"
As expected, it will be a dual mode model, meaning that it can use both CDMA and GSM infrastructures. We have yet to see whether the phone lands in the UK and if yes, at what price.