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Moto Droid 2 based on Shadow, would keep up with iPhone

updated 06:25 pm EDT, Mon May 3, 2010

Moto Droid 2 would arrive in June on Verizon

Motorola's sequel to the Droid may be major upgrade that arrives just as the new iPhone reaches stores, according to a plethora of details unearthed over the weekend. The device is now thought to be a keyboard-equipped version of the Shadow and, based on new specs posted on Mobile-Review's forums, would be even higher-end than anticipated. On top of a larger 4.3-inch screen, HD video and HDMI output, it would have a new 800MHz TI OMAP processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a PowerVR SGX530 graphics core, much like that believed to be in the iPad's A4 chip.

The news may have been corroborated by a separate insider leak at HowardForums as well as the Wi-Fi Alliance certification of the MB810, the device most suspect is the Shadow. The testing has hinted that Motorola's next wave of Android phones would upgrade to 802.11n Wi-Fi.

Both the Droid sequel and the Shadow should carry Android 2.1; Motorola's in-house MOTOBLUR interface has been mentioned as probable for the Shadow, but the current Droid uses Google's official UI and might not change.

Release dates for either phone may be deliberately kept apart. The Shadow is now rumored to be launching on Verizon in June and would go head-to-head with the next iPhone due to launch almost simultaneously. A launch for the Droid may not occur until mid-October, or with enough time to "rock one for a couple of weeks before taking pictures of kids' costumes," according to one source.

Verizon normally saves its flagship phone launches for the fall and launched both the Droid and the BlackBerry Storm in November of their respective introduction years. Motorola may face heated competition, however, as rumors exist of a Verizon iPhone that could also ship as soon as the fall.

Shadow (Droid 2 may be similar)

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  1. Bobfozz

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    Joined: Jul 2008


    What's with all these "leaks"?

    These are nothing more than disguised press releases. This "leak" technology does not seem to work, creates no fervor, it's business as usual. Until this idiot Apple engineer left a phone behind, Apple was vigilant on "leaks" and it worked very well for them.

    It seems that at Macnn EVERYTHING is a "leak."

  1. facebook_Cool

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    Joined: Oct 2010


    good phone overall, still not as good as droid x.

    The D2 has a lot more features then the env touch and the speakers are great in it too. The big thing for me is that the battery sucks on it but if you have a smartphone you are going to have to live with that anyways. I have a couple of chargers so I can make sure that my phone does not die.
    A couple of good things about it:
    Linux Based
    Built in GPS
    Internet Browser works well
    I like using the Swype feature for short messaging.
    5 MP Camera albeit 8 would have been nicer
    QWERTY Keyboard is descent on it too.
    a lot of cool other features

    What I don't like:
    Verizon's Bloatware (You can get it off if you root the phone)
    The Motorola blur is sometimes slow but you can get around that.
    Before you buy one, see this it's useful.

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