By Harry McCracken | Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 11:29 am
At an event in New York City–which I watched via Webcast from here in San Francisco–Verizon Wireless just announced the Droid X, its latest Motorola Android smartphone. I’ve given up trying to determine if any particular Android phone is the most impressive one to day–the honor changes every few weeks–but the X is clearly among the top ones so far in terms of sheer specs. It’s got a 1-GHz TI CPI, a big 4.3″ LCD display with 854-by-480 resolution in a thin case, 512MB of RAM, both 8GB of fixed storage and a 16GB MicroSD card, HDMI out, an 8MP camera that does 720p video, Android 2.1 (2.2 will come along late in the summer), and the ability to act as a wireless hotspot for up to five devices.
[NOTE/UPDATE: Verizon made a big deal out of the X supporting Flash--Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen was in New York for the unveiling--but it's not shipping with Flash. Instead, it's "Flash ready," which is a total misnomer: Flash requires Android 2.2, which the X doesn't yet have. But this phone will run Flash. Eventually.]
The X will go for $199.99 after a $100 rebate with a two-year contract, and Verizon customers whose contracts are up in 2010 can get it for that price. Data plans cost $29.99 for “unlimited” access; the Wi-Fi hotspot feature is $20 extra a month for 2GB of data.
Oh, and it doesn’t go on sale until July 15th…although you don’t need an advanced degree in marketing to figure out why Verizon is announcing it today.
More thoughts–including hands-on impressions–soon.