Two new Droid phones in one week!? Hot damn! OK, it’s not that exciting since this latest iteration is essentially identical to the Droid 2. What differentiates it from its slightly older sibling is three-fold: it is “global ready”, meaning its got CDMA/GSM dual-mode functionality, it packs a faster 1.2GHz processor, and it comes dressed in a white coat. The rest of the specs are standard: 3.7″ WVGA multitouch display, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera with auto focus, WiFi, Bluetooth, DLNA Wireless, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), Android 2.2. It’s available for purchase today at Verizon Wireless for $199.99 on a new two-year contract. If you travel ’round the world and need a dual-mode world phone and enjoy the Android experience, check the ‘ol BlackBerry and pick up the Droid 2 Global.
Note: Neither Motorola nor Verizon has officially announced the introduction of this device; it just happened to show up on the VZW website for sale. If/when either of these companies feels like pushing out an official press release regarding the Droid 2 Global, check back at this space for those details.
We knew it was coming, so now it’s time to makes things official. The limited edition Star Wars branded Droid 2, dubbed Droid R2-D2 by Motorola, goes on sale this Thursday, September 30 for $249 after a $100 mail-in rebate and a new two-year contract on Verizon Wireless. Besides the new exterior aesthetics, the device has the same features as the standard Droid 2. Its got the 3.7-inch multitouch display, slideout QWERTY keyboard, 5 megapixel camera, and it runs Android 2.2. So why the $50 price hike? The phone comes preinstalled with the following exclusive content: · R2-D2 notification sounds and ringtones; four live wallpapers; R2-D2 clock widget; “The Best of R2-D2” video with the original Cantina music; and an exclusive binoculars app. The phone is bundled with a Star Wars media dock and wired stereo headset inside custom packaging “resembling carbonite.” Look in the gallery below for a closer look at the phone and media dock. Full PR after the break.
In related news, VZW also announced a new Star Wars app for all Android 2.1 or higher phones. The VZW exclusive Empire Strikes Back app includes a sound and photo gallery, live wallpapers, a trivia challenge game, and widgets all related to Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back in celebration of the film’s 30 year anniversary. The app will be made available in the Android Marketplace for a cool $2.99.
[Via Engadget; DroidR2D2]
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