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Droid X launches to "hundreds" in queues, no shortage online

updated 11:40 am EDT, Thu July 15, 2010

Moto Droid X gets midnight launches

Verizon as promised has launched the Motorola Droid X, its new Android flagship. The smartphone reportedly triggered lines in the "hundreds," although Verizon implied this was across the US and not at individual stores. Some stores opened at midnight; Electronista has heard reports of lineups elsewhere, but in relatively small numbers of dozens or less.

The full-touch phone isn't facing a demand shortage online, as new orders don't have any shipping delays.

Verizon had already predicted ample stock ahead of the launch, but the availability may have been dictated by supply issues with other phones and by Verizon's own phone strategy. Samsung's AMOLED shortage has hurt most Android phones, but even the LCD-based Evo 4G on Sprint has also been facing supply problems relating to its display. By touting the HTC Droid Incredible so heavily less than three months ago but being unable to supply enough phones, Verizon has created an audience that either already has a recent Android phone or would rather wait for their original order than switch.

The news hints that the Droid X may have relatively tepid sales compared to the iPhone 4, which despite its antenna issues resulted in 1.7 million iPhones shipped over three days and sellouts that won't see new online orders arrive for three weeks.

The Droid X is considered Motorola's new class leader and has a 1GHz OMAP processor, a 4.3-inch LCD and an eight-megapixel camera. It runs Android 2.1 with a custom Blur interface, although 2.2 and Flash 10.1 are rumored to arrive later in August. Verizon's most distinctive selling point today is a Wi-Fi hotspot creation feature, although it needs $20 per month and is capped at 2GB of data.

by MacNN Staff



  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969


    On Lock Down

    The Droid X has innovative features like the short out chip: a special chip which checks the bootloader and if it doesn't like what it sees, it'll short out making the phone completely unusable.

  1. whackjob

    Joined: Dec 1969


    My thought on Droid

    Whilst I hear people saying they want smaller, here's the droid that can't even fit in a pocket.
    So now we have these oversized cell phones and I bet no one will b**** about their design.

    But then again the droid market will be the potato couch gaming crowd.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969


    MacNN now AndroidNN?

    Any plans to change your site's name? At the very least you should drop the Mac part since you no longer post any articles about Macs.

    Response from "Mac"NN management?

  1. bazaarsoft

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I wonder...

    what all the Android fanboys will think about an Android phone that not only can't be hacked, but will actually brick ( if you try to!

  1. joecab

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There are tons of Macs sites that still have "Mac" in their name. Most of us just take it to mean "Apple" anyway so I don't think there's any need to be pedantic about it. Apple's been about mostly Macs for so long that it's gonna be a looonnnng time before you start seeing those kinds of changes everywhere. Besides, if there's Mac news coming, you know they'll cover it.

  1. chefpastry

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Non-Apple New Network

    There's way too much stuff that's totally unrelated to Apple or Macs.

  1. coffeetime

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Where's the line? Don't any pictures with people standing in line. And "hundreds of lines across U.S. but not individual stores".... my local supermarket does better than that.

  1. PRoth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No Apple is an island.

    Context is everything.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: I wonder...

    what all the Android fanboys will think about an Android phone that not only can't be hacked, but will actually brick

    You mean the 20 people who are actually interested in 'modding' a cell phone? Because you can't really be thinking that the only ones who are buying Droids are fanboys whose first goal in life is then to hack it up to meet their needs.

    BTW, you can brick an iPhone if you hack it badly as well.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That phone

    is bigger than her head.

    I like it!

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