Could This Be The Motorola Droid 2?

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If slightly fuzzy pictures of a phone looking like a Motorola Droid are anything to go by, a blog called DroidLife claims to have exclusive pictures of an alleged Motorola Droid 2 device.

The original Motorola Droid
The website doesn't share how it got hold of the pictures or the device, and we can't verify how legit the images are. The device is fully branded by Motorola and Verizon, together with a "with Google" tag on the back, and could easily be a knockoff.

DroidLife has uncovered pictures of a device that is purportedly a Motorola Droid 2; externally it looks almost identical to the original Droid. The device, according to the specs published by the blog, features the same screen as the original Motorola Droid (3.7 inches with 480 by 854 pixels resolution), and bumps the processor speed to 750mHz (550mHz on the original Droid).

The site also posted a video of the phone booting up, with a swish animation showing the word "Droid" and the red eye featured in the Motorola Droid ads.

There is no front-facing camera on the uncovered device (Sprint's Evo 4G and the iPhone 4 are reviving the trend), and the camera on the back is at 5 megapixels (with flash). The device also lacks HDMI ports, and the blog reports it came with 8GB of internal memory and a 8GB microSD card preinstalled.

The phone DroidLife shows doesn't run on the latest version of the Google Android OS either (Froyo 2.2), but runs version 2.1, with what they say is a new version of Motorola's custom Android interface, MotoBlur. Would Motorola launch a Droid 2 later this year without the latest version of Android? Not likely, unless this device is actually an early preproduction prototype.

Also apparent are several cosmetic differences between the pictured device and the original Motorola Droid. Most noticeably, the keyboard has no multidirectional D-pad, and the keys look more raised and softer, occupying the whole surface of the slide-out area. The back cover also features a different design.

If this turns out to be the real Droid 2, then Motorola was very conservative in taking the device further. On the other hand, the company says it is still seeing strong demand for the original Droid, so it makes sense to not make a huge departure from the original model.

A better camera on the Droid 2 would be good though, considering the Motorola Milestone XT720 introduced on Monday rocks an 8-megapixel camera (with 720p HD video recording).

Actually, if this is the Droid 2, the phone might not be Motorola's flagship Android phone this year altogether. The company's CEO of consumer business and mobile devices division, Sanjay Jha, announced that we would see by the end of this year a 2GHz smartphone from Motorola, which would "incorporate everything that is technologically possible in a smartphone today." By the sound of it, this won't be the Droid 2.

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