Droid X2 dual-core to hit Verizon on May 19 for $199.99


Rumors have been floating around for some time, but today Motorola made it official: the Droid X2 is real, it’s dual-core, and it’s coming to Verizon online stores on May 19 for $199.99 with a two-year contract. The device will be available at retail stores on May 26. The X2 is the sequel to the year-old Droid X, one of the first smartphones with a 4.3-inch screen. The new phone doubles the 1Ghz processing power of the original with Nvidia’s Tegra 2, has a qHD (quarter HD, 960×540 pixels) screen, 8MP camera, an HDMI port, and runs on Android 2.2.

The design of the X2 appears to be identical to its predecessor, right down to its lack of a front-facing camera.

Unfortunately, being a flagship smartphone on Verizon, it is disappointing that the phone doesn’t have 4G LTE capabilities. However, to attain 4G, Motorola would have had to give up its dual-core processor, as all first-generation LTE phones are single-core. Battery life would have taken a significant hit as well. We also do not know how much RAM the X2 has, which could affect its performance; we’re hoping for at least 768MB, but wouldn’t mind 1GB. Motorola has also promised an Android 2.3 update in the near future–Google released Android 2.3 in December.

If 4G doesn’t matter to you, but you’d like a phone with some horsepower, the Droid X2 is pretty nice.