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Motorola Droid X Preview

written by: •edited by: Simon Hill•updated: 6/17/2010

The Motorola Droid X is the latest Android powered smartphone by Motorola. It competes directly with the HTC Evo 4G and the iPhone 4. Highlights include a huge 4.3 inch display and excellent hardware specs.

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    Motorola's new release - the Motorola Droid X is a huge one, both literally and metaphorically.

    Almost all the Android based phone manufacturers seem to be competing on display sizes; the past few releases certainly prove that. The Samsung Galaxy S has a 4 inch display and the HTC Evo 4G has a 4.3 inch one. The Motorola Droid X matches the Evo 4G with a 4.3 inch display.

    It is the successor to the very popular Motorola Droid (Milestone) and sports the best hardware specifications in business. It is very similar to the HTC Evo 4G. It is not the most compact of phones but it is surprisingly light considering the size of the display. It is easily pocketable unless you wear very tight jeans. It is slightly larger than the HTC Evo 4G but smaller than the 5 inch Dell Streak. The build quality is very good and the design is much better than the Dell Streak's bland design.

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    Motorola Droid X Features

    It has a 4.3 inch capacitive touchscreen display with FWVGA resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The display is very responsive with excellent display quality and contrast. It is the ideal device for watching videos while on the move. The multimedia focus is evident by the inclusion of the Blockbuster app and DLNA.

    It is powered by the ARM Cortex A8 processor clocked at 1 GHz. It comes with 8 GB of internal memory and microSD card support for memory expansion. It is supposed to have upwards of 512 MB of RAM though that hasn't been confirmed. It comes loaded with Android 2.1 (Eclair) with a custom MotoBLUR UI skin on top. It is very fast and runs without any lag. It also offers social network integration features on some of the panes. It comes with a multitouch keyboard option and Swype preloaded which makes typing on the virtual keyboard much faster.

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    Multimedia Motorola Droid X

    On the multimedia front, it comes with an 8 MP camera with support for 720p video recording. The image capture quality is excellent and the recorded videos are clear and crisp. It has almost every connectivity option available - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi with DLNA and Bluetooth. It also packs in a GPS transceiver as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack. It is powered by a huge battery and is supposed to have some power management software built in, extending the battery life significantly. It is expected to release on Verizon's network by August.

    The Motorola Droid X, HTC Evo 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S are together leading the Android attack against the Apple iPhone 4; and by the looks of it, it's going to be a very interesting fight.

    Image courtesy of Engadget.