Motorola Droid X2 Details, Review & Hands-On Video Roundup

The upcoming Motorola Droid X2 is a still unannounced Android smartphone for Verizon that leaked out for the first time all the way back in February of this year. It will be the successor to the wildly popular Motorola Droid X.

UPDATE: Check out our Droid X2 Hands On Coverage, with comparisons to the HTC ThunderBolt including outdoor readibility.

Read our review of the Motorola Droid X2 here.

Droid X2

While Motorola and Verizon refuse to acknowledge its existence, we assure you, the Droid X2 is very real. It has leaked out on video, has appeared in numerous pictures, been benchmarked, and its entire spec sheet leaked out a short time ago.

And while it’s not a 4G LTE smartphone, it does employ the familiar form factor of the original Droid X along with an impressive set of features which makes the Droid X2 an extremely intriguing device.

Motorola Droid X2 Release Date

Verizon has not given the Motorola Droid X2 an official release date, remember it’s still unannounced, but recent intel points to a release on May 26th. Dummy units also just arrived at Costco meaning a launch is definitely in the works. It’s believed that the Motorola Droid X2 was actually supposed to arrive on May 13th but the delay of the Samsung Droid Charge likely pushed its date back.

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Pre-orders for the device will likely start on or around May 19th as this is when retailers should start seeing the device show up via Direct Fulfillment.

Official: It arrives tomorrow, May 19th and on May 26th in Verizon stores for a grand total of $199 on a new two year contract.

What is the Motorola Droid X2?

The Motorola Droid X2 is a follow up to the original Motorola Droid X which was released back in July of last year. The original Droid X is one of Verizon’s most popular phones so it’s no surprise that Verizon has decided to release a successor.

That successor, the Droid X2, looks almost identical to its older brother. In fact, the only glaring difference is the lack of the physical camera button on the Droid X2. Other than that, the form factor is identical to the original.

Droid X & Droid X2

However, the Droid X2 has a number of specifications that differ from the original Droid X. First, it employs a 4.3 high-resolution qHD display which means 540 x 960 pixel resolution.  It will also come with a 1GHz Tegra 2 dual-core processor. Those two are likely going to be the main selling points of the device. It’s also likely to come with Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. Update: It looks like it’s only going to be coming with Android 2.2 Froyo.

Motorola Droid X2 Specs

Lack of a front-facing camera is unfortunate and there is a possibility that it has 512MB of RAM which would mean it has the same amount as the original. 768MB has popped up though so it’s possible that it got a bump in that regard as well.

Keep in mind, Verizon has not confirmed any of these or any of the other specs you see here so they are subject to change. It’s doubtful, this close to launch, that anything will though.

Motorola Droid X2 Hands-On Video

Motorola Droid X2 Features

4.3-inch qHD Screen: The qHD screen is one of the, if not the best, smartphone display available on the market and the Droid X2 will have it on board when it arrives.

Dual-Core Tegra 2 Processor: It will have one of the top processors on the market with the speedy dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2.

HDMI Support: The Droid X2 will employ an HDMI port that will allow you to connect the device to your television or projector.

Motorola Droid X2 vs. HTC ThunderBolt vs. Samsung Droid Charge

While the Motorola Droid X2 might not have 4G LTE capabilities like the HTC ThunderBolt and the Samsung Droid Charge, it does have a few trump cards to play against them.

First, it has a dual-core processor. Both the Samsung Droid Charge and HTC ThunderBolt employ single-core 1Gz processors. The Motorola Droid X2 has a top of the line Tegra 2 1GHz dual-core chip. So, if you want a powerful device and couldn’t care less about faster uploading and downloading speeds, the Droid X2 all of a sudden becomes appealing.

Second, it has a high resolution qHD display checking in at 4.3-inches. The HTC ThunderBolt only has a 4-inch TFT display which has a lower resolution while the Samsung Droid Charge has a lower res screen but employs a Super AMOLED Plus display that has some perks. If you watch a lot of video on your phone and want it to be as crisp as possible, Droid X2 wins here again.

Third, the Droid X2 will likely have Android 2.3 right out of the box. The HTC ThunderBolt and Samsung Droid Charge run Android 2.2 Froyo, although, the HTC ThunderBolt will get a boost to Android 2.3 this summer.

Samsung on the other hand is notorious for slow update, at least here in the U.S., so keep that in mind. Motorola and HTC are definitely the best when it comes to updating their phones.

Motorola Droid X2 Hands-On, Review Videos

Besides the first video, this is the only other known video of the Motorola Droid X2. We’ll be sure to update this page with more video as we get closer to launch.

Motorola Droid X2 Specs

Networks: CDMA 800 and 1900
Operating system: Android 2.2/2.3 – Froyo/Gingerbread
Display: 4.3-inch qHD Display (540 x 960)
Camera: 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash
Memory: 512MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage
WLAN: 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n Wi-Fi
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1 w/EDR
GPS: A-GPS
Battery: Unknown
Special features: Droid-branding, high-resolution screen, dual-core processor
Chipset: 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor

Motorola Droid X2 Gallery


Comments

  1. Distortedloop says

     Thunderbolt has a 4.3″ TFT display, NOT 4″ as you mention in the post.  The qHD may be sharper than SAMOLED Plus on the Charge, but it doesn’t have the inky blacks, super high contrast, rich colors that most people will prefer while watching.  Additionally, the Charge’s SAMOLED Plus has 50% more subpixels than other screens, which supposedly make it very sharp and crisp.  Will be interesting to see the two phones side-by-side.  As for 4G or not.  On Verizon, no 4G is a deal killer for me.  I must have the ability to do voice and data at the same time (off WiFi)….so far the Thunderbolt is the only phone to do that on “3G” network, and you’ll need a 4G phone otherwise.  

  2. Wizard Prang says

     “So, if you want a powerful device and could care less about faster uploading and downloading speeds”

    Don’t you mean “couldn’t care less…” ?

  3. Illegalskittle says

    I just got my x2 yesterday, its getting benchmarks as high as 2800 on quadrant. So far the phone is amazing, just wish I could unlock the bootloader.

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