May 18, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Verizon has finally confirmed that it is releasing a refresh of its Motorola Droid X phone, set to go on sale for $199 tomorrow. The Motorola Droid X2 upgrades the hardware of one of Verizon’s popular Android phones, but doesn’t add the ability to access the 4G LTE network. Will that doom the device or will people still flock to a more powerful version of something they have already admired?
The Droid X2 has some welcome upgrades like a 4.3-inch screen that is scratch-resistant, anti-reflective, and has a qHD display that should provide a higher quality image for watching videos and playing games. The X2 still runs Android 2.2, but it has been treated to a dual core 1 GHz processor that improves performance on what was already a solid phone.
The improvements are commendable, but I can’t help but go back to the missing 4G LTE support. Verizon has made a massive push to get people thinking of both Android and its 4G rollout, yet the company didn’t merge the two with the Droid X2. LTE has not been deployed across Verizon’s entire coverage map, but it has already reached several major markets and will continue to expand in coming months. So why should someone commit 2 years to a device that will be incapable of accessing the network? One would think that if Verizon bothered to refresh the Droid X2, it could have taken some time to slip in support for something as important as 4G.
Android customers have been disappointed by the lack of dual core support for the HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, and upcoming LG Revolution, but were pleased to get 4G LTE support. Things were far from perfect with LTE’s launch, but the difference in speed still makes these phones attractive. Will customers opt for the speed of completing tasks or the speed of data transfer?
The Drod X2 goes on sale tomorrow at VerizonWireless.com for $199.99 with a two-year agreement. The device will arrive in stores beginning May 26. Here are a few specs touted by Verizon.
- 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