When it comes to Android, Motorola is at the top of its game. Along with the HTC Evo, Moto’s Droid X helped set the new standard of 4.3-inch screens last year, proving that consumers would buy a larger phone if given the opportunity. Due to the success of the X, a sequel was certain, and Motorola does not plan to disappoint. According to HotHardware, the Droid X2 (codenamed “Daytona”) may come out sometime in the first half of the year.
The X2 will look very similar to the original Droid X, but will pack a lot more power under the hood. The device will have a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor (the current “elite” standard for phones) and an upgraded 540 x 960 pixel qHD LCD 16:9 screen with Motorola’s new “retina”-like screen technology, which looks more vivid and is better viewable in sunlight. For comparison, the original Droid X had a 1GHz Texas Instruments OMAP processor and a 480 x 854 pixel TFT LCD screen.
Presumably, the phone will run Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), but it’s possible that Motorola will stick with Android 2.2–manufacturers have been lazy about updating Android lately. The X2 will have a MicroUSB charging slot, HDMI port, DLNA media streaming support, 720p video capture, and an 8MP rear camera that supposedly snaps pictures faster than the camera on the Droid X. The device will have a MicroSD slot as well, but no information is available as far as internal storage goes. The original X had 8GB of internal storage. No information on a front-facing camera is available.
Like the Droid X, the X2 will be a Verizon exclusive phone. It’s possible that the phone will have LTE 4G capability, but it is doubtful.