Motorola's Droid X2 vs. the original Droid X

By JR Raphael (@jr_raphael)

Motorola Droid X2 vs. Original Droid X

Ladies and gentlemen, there's a new Droid in town.

Verizon Wireless officially unveiled the Motorola Droid X2 on Wednesday. The long-rumored phone will go on sale online this Thursday, May 19, and become available in stores one week later.

The Motorola Droid X2, as you might have guessed, is an updated version of Verizon's popular Droid X smartphone. At a glance, the new phone looks almost identical to its predecessor -- but in actuality, it packs a couple of significant differences. Check out the chart below for a side-by-side comparison, and read on for some more specifics.

Motorola Droid X2 Comparisons

Droid X2 Comparison Chart

The most noteworthy changes in the Motorola Droid X2 come down to speed and screen: First, the Droid X2 boasts one of Nvidia's superspeedy dual-core 1GHz processors. The original Droid X, in contrast, had a single-core TI OMAP chip.

The updated model also features a qHD display -- an LCD panel with 540-by-960 resolution. That's a 26 percent increase in pixels over the original Droid X's 480-by-854 screen. 

Those distinctions aside, the Motorola Droid X2 and its younger sibling share quite a few traits. Both phones have 4.3-inch-sized displays. Both have 512MB of RAM. Both have 8MP rear-facing cameras with 720p HD video capture, and both have HDMI out-ports. And neither, to the disappointment of some video-chatting users, has a front-facing camera installed.

There is one slightly strange change on the storage front: Though both the new Droid X2 and the original Droid X have 8GB of internal storage, the new model ships with only an 8GB external storage card; the original Droid X came with a 16GB unit. Both phones, however, are expandable up to 32GB.

Then there's the software: The new Droid X ships with Android 2.2, aka Froyo. Motorola and Verizon say it will be receiving the Android 2.3 upgrade and joining the Gingerbread club, but thus far, no firm date has been announced. And in case you were wondering, yes: The Droid X2, like its predecessor, has Motorola's Motoblur skin baked into the OS.

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The Motorola Droid X2 will sell for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. As of today, Verizon Wireless has the original Droid X priced at $149.99 with a contract, though the phone can be found for significantly cheaper (i.e. free) at third-party retailers like Amazon and Wirefly.

JR Raphael writes about smartphones and other tasty technology. You can find him on Facebook, on Twitter, or at eSarcasm, his geek-humor getaway.

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