Mobile Linux Alert: Motorola Debuts Video-Centric Droid X

Motorola and Verizon Wireless have announced their latest entrée into the ever-expanding smartphone market with Droid X, a device that should especially appeal to folks who like to watch TV shows, movies and play games on their mobile devices.

Though the Droid X won't be available until July 15, Motorola (NYSE: MOT) and Verizon Wireless officials said it'll be worth the wait. The Droid X features a 1Ghz processor, 4.3-inch display and, later this summer, a free update to Google's (NASDAQ: GOOG) Android 2.2 operating system and Adobe Flash Player 10.1

"Motorola designed Droid X to push the extreme limits of Android innovation, and enable you to do even more with your mobile device," Sanjay Jha, Motorola's co-chief executive officer of Motorola and CEO of Motorola's mobile devices and home business unit, said in a statement. "We are breaking down barriers so that you can experience the Web the way it was meant to be and create, share and view content like never before, either in your hand or in your home."

For Droid fans looking forward to Motorola's 2Ghz model due out later this year, Droid X offers a preview of what's likely to come -- albeit at a slower speed.

The smartphone includes 720p video capture and an 8-megapixel high-def camera. It also includes a high-def camcorder and an HDMI output so users can download, stream and share HD content of all types.

Mobile Enterprise Features

Enterprise IT buyers will also like the fact that Droid X will feature push e-mail and live widgets for e-mail and calendar updates, the basic blocking and tackling apps that distributed workforces can't live without. Jha said these kind of advanced smartphones will shove notebooks aside as the de facto enterprise computing device within the next two or three years.

The Droid X will cost $199.99 after a $100 rebate and Verizon said it will continue to offer its all-you-can-eat data plan for $30 a month.

Customers can also opt to add the additional 2GB of Wi-Fi hotspot service on Verizon's 3G network for another $20 a month.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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