Motorola Droid 2: What We Know (Off the Record) So Far

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Motorola Droid 2: What We Know (Off the Record) So Far
It may be one of the worst-kept secrets in smartphone history. Verizon's Motorola Droid 2 Android phone is widely expected to launch this week, and while the companies are keeping pretty quiet about the device, there's no shortage of unofficial information available.

Buzz has actually been building about the Droid 2 for months. The phone was initially believed to be in-line to launch alongside the Droid X in early summer. When that didn't happen, it didn't take long for new theories to emerge. The latest leaks (and there are plenty of them) point to this Thursday, August 12, as the day for the Droid 2's debut.

So what's the Droid 2 all about, and how's it different from the rest of Verizon's Android pack? Here's the lowdown on everything we know -- unofficially -- so far.

[This story is from the new Android Power blog at Computerworld. Follow @AndroidPower on Twitter or subscribe via RSS to make sure you don't miss a beat.]

Motorola Droid 2: The Phone's Form

The Droid 2 may be a new phone, but its form will feel quite familiar to anyone who's used a Droid before. The Droid 2 is really the closest thing we've seen to a direct sequel of the original Motorola Droid; according to numerous leaks, the phone has essentially the same size, shape, and physical qualities as its older brother. Well, with one major exception.

The Droid 2 boasts a completely redesigned keyboard -- something likely to be one of Verizon's main selling points for the device. The keys are now enlarged and raised. The directional pad present on the original Droid is also gone; in its place, the Droid 2 has a series of arrow keys at the bottom-right corner of the keyboard.

An ad published by Verizon over the weekend acknowledged the device for the first time and confirmed many of these physical attributes. The ad, in typical Droid marketing style, proudly proclaims: "Rule your empire with iron thumbs. Introducing Droid 2 -- with a new advanced keyboard." It showed the phone with its keyboard extended and the words "Coming Soon" printed below.

Motorola Droid 2: What We Know (Off the Record) So Far

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