updated 06:00 pm EDT, Tue October 27, 2009
Verizon's Droid Eris to use old CPU
When it's unveiled, the HTC Droid Eris will be significantly less powerful than the Motorola Droid when it ships November 6th, a brief Tuesday leak says. Although cosmetically different, it should use the same 528MHz Qualcomm chip and Android 1.5 build as many of HTC's earlier Android phones, such as the Hero or T-Mobile myTouch 3G. A second HTC phone due later should address the speed gap, BGR adds.
It's unclear why Verizon is choosing to leave the Droid Eris with the slower processor and older OS, though the cost difference for the hardware and the possible resource intensiveness of Android 2.0 may have precluded offering the same features on two Android phones at significantly different prices. Most anticipate the Droid Eris may be Verizon's adaptation of the Hero with a less powerful camera than the Motorola phone and a primarily touch-only interface except for a trackball.