First press shots of Motorola DROID X^2 (X-squared) are revealed
Even better than that new name is the 1.2GHz dual-core processor expected under the hood, a nice bump from the 1GHz chipset on the original model. The screen stays the same 4.3 inches, but resolution is now improved to qHD and a boost in RAM to 768MB is possible. After the removal of the physical camera button, the rest of the DROID X-squared specs appear to be the same as those on the device that was Verizon's flagship model until the recent launch of the HTC ThunderBolt. And unfortunately, that means no LTE connectivity for the unit.
Still unknown at this point is which build of Android will be on board. Hopefully, we will see Gingerbread installed on the Motorola DROID X^2 by the time the device gets launched-which is also unknown at this time.
1. jlong0103 (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)
Whats the cosmetic differences between this and Droid X?
3. Alex (unregistered)
The lack of a dedicated camera button on the side.
7. JayRu (unregistered)
no physical camera like the previous 1.
16. TreyTreyTaylor (Posts: 393; Member since: 21 Dec 2010)
The original X had a camera button buddy.
30. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)
i think he means like the previous one had
31. cheetah2k (Posts: 889; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
And it had a camera... What drugz this guy on?
21. Vic (unregistered)
Will be a slight upgrade from the first one like in the original droid (keyboard) series. Nothing really of importance :)
2. Reef (unregistered)
4. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)
There are none. This is the exact same phone with a few tweeks internally.
5. Whateverman (Posts: 3233; Member since: 17 May 2009)
good catch Alex. Missed the missing camera button.
6. bucky (Posts: 1599; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
i have the atrix right now and its a great phone, but having a bootloader leaves me feeling locked off and at the mercy of my carrier.
This is the last time i buy a motorola.
8. Robert Pattinson (unregistered)
One word people: motoblur
9. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
they should have added a front facing camera as well. i realize that it's a 3G phone and all but HTC did do it with the Incredible 2.
43. cellgeek82 (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Dec 2009)
I agree. The iPhone 4 is 3G only and apps like Tango and Skype work well. 4G isn't needed for video calls.
And yes, I'm talking about the Verizon model. Verizon's network is slightly slower than AT&T's but the video calls still work good. Actually I noticed that during peak times the AT&T iPhone had trouble with video calls. Verizon's seems to work better with the consistant speeds.
45. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that's true, i hadn't even thought of the iPhone 4. it's a good example.
10. luis_lopez_351 (Posts: 951; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)
I understand that not everyone has LTE coverage or want to pay extra for LTE but Come on! A phone this great deserves it.
11. derp (unregistered)
2 major flaws. 1. Its made by Motorola. 2. Its a droid.
12. hippostix (unregistered)
13. ecml (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Mar 2010)
Motorola makes good products, however, they really need to get rid of Moto Blur or at least make it look a little nicer. I think it looks a little cartoonish....
14. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
If the X2 comes with Gingerbread and the new version of Blur, you all might as well stop your crying right now.
15. cd (unregistered)
maybe a double tap on the home screen will turn on the camera
18. Sniggly (Posts: 7199; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Somebody is full of fail for coming in and downthumbing everyone.
19. Health Nut (unregistered)
I have the Droid X and it is overall a good phone... I was going to hold out for the Bionic, which is the X2 (same thing I think). However, Verizon is supposed to switch to tiered pricing. I am wondering if I should get the HTC 4G phone out now to get grandfathered nto unlimited 4G ??
20. Health Nut (unregistered)
I also heard the Bionic has been delayed to Q3 via wall street article...
My guess is that Verizone will probably go to tiered pricing on the exact release day of the DROID X2, it makes too much sense, does it not?? Maybe I should just get the HTC and get grandfathered?? By the time the X2 comes out, the tiered 4G will be here I think. ??
22. Seylan (unregistered)
That all plastic contruction and design looks ugly.
This is probably similar to the change that Apple is going to make with the Iphone 5. A bump in internal specs but with almost the same body.
40. Thump3rDX17 (Posts: 2160; Member since: 10 May 2010)
that's not plastic, it's a soft touch matted metal.
and it's not ugly, it's good looking. :P
23. twinkyz (unregistered)
Is this one supposed to be locked or unlocked? i know the original one was locked.
24. twinkyz (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Apr 2011)
is this one going to be locked like the first or will you actually be able to load roms and such?
25. MorePhonesThanNeeded (unregistered)
Oh boy what a bunch of strange comments, Motorola shouldn't even release this phone as the only upgrades are it's qHD LCD and processor. It looks exactly like the last X, what in the hell are these guys thinking? This is no iPhone so you can't just rehash the design and change a few things then send it out the door and get the same kind of sales as the last one. No front facing cam and at least a body redesign? I wish I was at the meeting when they gave this the green light, one of the biggest Razr V3 type blunders about to come once again. I find this to be stupid, especially considering Motorola released a 1.2Ghz X in asia, how in the hell does making this whole new phone that looks exactly the same make sense.
Why in the hell is someone who owns an Atrix 4G talking in here at all, that whole comment is pointless as a one legged man in an ass kicking contest. Focus people, get some focus before you start typing things. The bootloader thing might be locked, it's a Verizon phone, and we know Verizon doesn't like you removing their pointless programs which you will never use from your phone.
@Seylan the Droid X was never made of plastic, it was a metallic alloy shell.
26. StillStuckWithDRoid (unregistered)
That is the quandary we all are facing..... The Bionic was going to be the solution (get LTE grandfathered in on a top shelf phone) and that is why there has been such an uproar about this delay/cancellation/tweak. If the projected release period is actually when this happens I think many of us will have already have jumped on another phone (NOT the Thunderbolt)
Motorola is REALLY screwing themselves on market share with this decision..... and Samsung, HTC, and LG will happily take the extra business. getting grandfathered in is more important to me than getting a dual core processor
27. StillStuckWithDRoid (unregistered)
And yes I agree.....why in the HELL was the Droid X2 not an LTE phone??? That was a remarkably stupid decision
28. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 863; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
They dumped the camera button? Are you fuckin kidding me?
29. captainqtp (Posts: 16; Member since: 25 Jun 2010)
Seriously, no LTE? Is that a joke? How can you release a premium Verizon smartphone without LTE these days?
34. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
They are going to release BIONIC in one or two months
38. Bored as hell (unregistered)
Motorola will still be producing a 4G LTE phone. There is a huge market out there that will not be covered with LTE for almost 2 years. Should they have a cheaper option than a 250 -300 dollar phone? Yes. Are there people out there that use the device for gaming, multimedia and other features rather than data intensive features? yes.
I agree with you to a certain extent, and I live in a 4G area and can't imagine or even consider a phone like this for myself, so I understand where you come from. But if Motorola as a company left this phone out (most likely priced 199.99) because they focused on 4g and only 4g what about those that don't need or can't get the coverage need do in this situation? get an iPhone, of course Moto doesn't want to lose this market. The Verizon I work at is in 4G coverage but drive 4 miles north and you're back in 3G. Now before this area expands Verizon is most likely to launch new metropolitan areas accross the US before reaching out to customers north of my area. If this phone doesn't come out these customers have an option of getting the hottest / most useless 300 dollar 4g phone and still only get 3g service. The only advantage to buy now even if you're not in 4g coverage is to lock into the unlimited plan. But I'm sorry to say it, Michigan is hurting financially and people aren't spending the money, especially for hopes that someday they're 300 dollar phone will work to its intended use. What would be nice is to consider this an update and launch at an affordable 149.99, but we all know thats not likely
33. josuearisty (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Thats really an upgrade from the DX1, but I would like they add front cam!
39. BadAss (unregistered)
Dang I wish this would come to att just because they are the only ones that have signal. I love the physical home keys in the front! :-)
41. RexD (unregistered)
Since the Bionic is turning out to be a shady mess.. I'm glad the X^2 is coming. So many un-certainties about the Bionic makes me wary to purchase one. And the Thunderbolt is a failure in my eyes... The Original X has been a great phone, so I'm kind of seeing some light at the end of the tunnel with a new X on the horizon!
44. joey18 (Posts: 561; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)
Htc are much better phones than motorolla i have the droid x but i replace my phone some apps not working ok ...
46. obnoxious9162775 (Posts: 32; Member since: 25 Apr 2011)
I agree, no LTE. Seems odd not to have it. I am with ATT, but for verizon customers, i cant blame you not being happy about the moto decision, or is it Big Reds decision. Either way I think its stupid. Plus the fact that there is no front camera. Most smartphones need this now, more and more people video chat. The processor sounds good, but they could have done a lot more to the phone to make it more visually appealing. When I see it, it pretty much looks like the same phone. Just like what crapple did with the 3g going to the 3gs. STUPID!!!!!!!
47. Brad (unregistered)
I am probably one of the few people that will be upgrading to a smartphone for the first time. I am also in a LTE area for verizon but am not running out to be a LTE phone because of the constant problems I am reading about. I would rather have a phone I can access the internet from anywhere without having to worry about the signal switching problems from 4g/3g.
4g would be a bonus but Verizon switching to tiered data plans is what scares me. I would like to be able to browse the internet without having a data cap. With the upcoming streaming movie/tv from netflix and such coming to phones these caps would totally negate such services.
If it was possible to be grandfathered into a unlimited LTE/4g Verizon plan for 30$ I would wait for a dual core phone. I haven't heard anything about this. TB and Charge don't impress me. And I don't want to miss the boat when it comes to getting a unlimited plan so I am liking the X^2 since it should be here before summer (when Verizon switching to tiered plans)
Droid X was known for its battery life and I further hope the X^2 will be too. A dual core processor should draw less power, so I assume this could be done with easy. A good camera is important because I don't want to carry around a separate camera. I have no use for a front facing camera because video calling is not important to me.