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Official word just came out of VZW's camp that the Droid X2 will indeed be hitting the streets on the previously rumored launch date of May 26. The arrival of the X2 puts the total number of new VZW phones to hit on that same day at three (what's up with phones dropping in threes these days?) alongside the LG Revolution and Sony Xperia PLAY, so anyone looking to pick up a new handset will have somewhat of a choice to make.

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The X2 packs a pretty powerful punch over its predecessor:

  • 4.3 inch qHD display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor (the full press release made no mention of  Tegra 2)
  • 8MP rear camera
  • HDMI Out
  • Enterprise grade security
  • Android 2.2 (to be upgraded to Android 2.3)

Did you catch that last bullet? Yeah, no Gingerbread for this guy at launch, which is slightly unexpected, as all signs previously pointed to this phone dropping with 2.3 intact. However, the press release made sure to note that the X2 would definitely be upgraded to Gingerbread... it just failed to say when that would happen. Let's just hope that it will be sooner rather than later, or else VZW is probably going to have some pretty angry X2 owners on its hands, wouldn't you agree?

The phone will drop at $199 with a two-year agreement, and if you just can't wait until May 26th, you can order it online beginning May 19th. Check out the press release below for more details.

DROID X2 BY MOTOROLA COMING TO VERIZON WIRELESS WITH DOUBLE THE POWER, DOUBLE THE DOES

Fast and Powerful DROID X2 by Motorola With Broad Range Of New Features To Be Available Online Beginning May 19

BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and LIBERTYVILLE, Ill. – Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the second-generation DROID X2 by Motorola, designed for the consumer who does everything on their smartphone.

Fly through the Web with the DROID X2, which boasts Verizon Wireless’ first dual-core 1 GHz processor for fast webpage loading and Adobe® Flash® Player, allowing Verizon Wireless customers to experience rich content online.  The 4.3-inch scratch-resistant and anti-reflective qHD display delivers a sharp, clear view ideal for watching movies, typing emails and playing your favorite games.  Never miss a moment using the 8-megapixel camera with continuous autofocus and stunning HD video capture.  Use the new Gallery app to view, tag and post photos on sites like Flickr® and Facebook®, all from one place.

Additional features:

· Powered by Android 2.2, to be updated to Android 2.3

· Mirror Mode allows you to view and share your photos, videos and downloaded movies on a larger TV via HDMI output

· Enterprise-ready with security and IT-grade policies, allowing you to use your DROID X2 for work and play

· Support for Google™ Mobile Services, including Gmail™, YouTube™, Google Talk™, Google Search™ and Google Maps™, as well as access to more than 200,000 apps available to download from Android Market™

· Mobile Hotspot capability, allowing you to share your 3G connection with up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices

· Virtual QWERTY keyboard featuring SWYPE technology for quick and easy typing of messages and emails

Pricing and availability:

· The DROID X2 will be available online at www.verizonwireless.com on May 19 and in Verizon Wireless Communication Stores on May 26 for $199.99 with a new two-year customer agreement.

· DROID X2 customers will need to subscribe to a Verizon Wireless Nationwide Talk plan and a smartphone data package.  Nationwide Talk plans begin at $39.99 for monthly access and an unlimited smartphone data plan is $29.99 for monthly access.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com PixelSlave

    Another Froyo phone from Motorola. It really makes me laugh for all those stories last week about how much control Google has over the OEMs. So, either those stories over-exaggerate Google's control, or Google simply doesn't care to deploy the latest OS to new smartphone, otherwise, there's NO WAY a close ally of Google on Android smartphone would release a Froyo phone at this point. That's 6 months after Gingerbread was released!!!

  • Di

    There are rumors floating around that there is an approved Gingerbread update for the original X and that it was held off because the X2 was coming out. Could it be, since the X2 is being shipped with Froyo, that they will both get the Gingerbread update? I know that they are two different phones, but are they really that different?

    • Di

      OK, replying to my post. I did a search of the specs for both phones, and from what I can see, the only major differences are: better screen resolution and duel core for the X2. The original X shipped out with 8gb internal and 8gb external sd (when it first came out), which is the same as the specs for the x2. And (maybe I am reading it wrong) but the original had a single core 1GHz processor. Does the X2 have a total of 2GHz, or is it 1GHz split over 2 processors. Please feel free to correct me if I am wrong.

  • Darkseider

    Moto fails and so does Verizon. With all the other carriers either having or soon to be releasing (Sprint) dual core 4G handsets it makes this handset look dated already. Especially seeing that they all have 768 Meg to 1 Gig RAM vs. the 512 Meg of this device. Thankfully my ETF is low and I will be on T-Mo rocking a G2X w/ the official leaked and rooted Gingerbread build.

    • Sgtguthrie

      Not to stick up for vzw, but good luck with tmoble's network. It's fine if you stay in urban areas I guess, but if you want to have signal everywhere vzw is much better. Not to mention the LTE (missing from this device) is blazing!

      To each his own though...