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.