Droid X Misinformation – Let’s Clear Some Things Up


There has been a LOT of misinformation floating around about the Droid X. I can’t count how many times I have heard rumors that have been made up instead of coming from the reliable sources (i.e. the people who have had the device, the people who leak the information, etc.). So I thought I would clarify here everything as I know it. Now keep in mind, the phone has not yet even been announced, so there is most certainly the chance that anything can change. For all we know, maybe Verizon has scrapped Android and put WebOS on it! (Not really, but keep in mind that things can change, even from the devices that people have personally seen.) So while nothing is locked in stone yet, I’m trying to filter out the unreliable rumors from the reliable rumors.

Misinformation Summary

  Unreliable Rumor Reliable Rumor
Screen Resolution 720p 854×480
Screen Size 4.4″ 4.3″
Android Version FroYo (Android 2.2) Eclair (Android 2.1)
Release Date
(Date in YOUR hands)
June 23 July 19
CPU Snapdragon 720MHz or 1GHz OMAP3 CPU
Front-Facing Camera Yes No :-(

Screen Resolution

First off, take a look at the official Verizon and Motorola pages for the device. They don’t say much, but I’m sure in a few days they’ll be a bit more interesting. The main comment I have here is that Verizon temporarily and erroneously listed “720p screen” on the official page before updating it and changing it to “Captures 720p”. So this is one source of misinformation that many people are blogging about. Engadget, among many others, confirm this. To reiterate, the Droid X does NOT have a 720p display! At this point, the reliable rumor is that the display’s resolution will be 854×480, the same as the original Droid, based on Engadget, the people who actually had hands-on time with the phone.

Droid X or Droid 2?

Now that we have looked at the mostly useless official pages, let’s next discuss the phone’s identity itself. The rumormill is going on and on about the Droid X and only some of them mention that a second phone is being talked about at the same time: the Droid 2. The Droid X is supposed to be a 4.3″ screen-only phone while the Droid 2 is a 3.7″ w/physical keyboard phone. I have seen more than one report confuse the two and not even realize that they are different phones. So keep this in mind in your reading. (As far as I know, Verizon/Motorola has not yet officially acknowledged the existence of the Droid 2 phone, only the Droid X.) Lots of reports are confusing the rumors/specs associated with one phone for the other.

Eclair? Frozen Yogurt? Hot Fudge Sundae?

Next, let’s talk about the operating system version. Various sources are reporting that it will run Eclair (Android 2.1) while others are claiming it will run FroYo (Android 2.2). However, I have not seen any of them to have a reliable source for the claim that it will run FroYo. Rather, the only reason to believe this is a possibility is because of a widget that has been displayed on the Droid X that is supposed to come with FroYo and has not been included in Eclair yet. This is where the confusion between Droid X and Droid 2 comes into play. Droid X is supposed to be in consumers’ hands on/about July 19 while the Droid 2 is speculated to be released in August. As such, the Droid 2 has a bit more time to get FroYo ready for it whereas the Droid X doesn’t have as much time and is supposed to launch with Eclair. This is based both on Engadget’s hands-on time with the phone as well as what a couple reports have been told has come from “reliable sources”. I have yet to see a “reliable source” for the FroYo claim.

Release Date

Most people agree that the Droid X will be announced on June 23 based on the invitations that many different news agencies received. Note the execs from Motorola, Verizon, Google, and Adobe who will be there. There is plenty of speculation about Adobe’s role in this but nobody really knows anything about this right now. While the phone is announced on June 23, some reports are saying (or at least implying) that it will be available on June 23 and this is an unreliable rumor. The reliable rumor is that it will be in consumers’ hands on July 19. As for the Droid 2, the rumor is August but I think this is mostly speculation at this point with no reliable source for it.

Processor

So this is one area where I am unsure of what exactly to expect. There has been multiple lines of rumors about this and I’m not sure which one to believe. One line claims that the phone will have a OMAP3630 CPU. Another line claims that it will have a 1GHz processor. And some claim that it is a 1GHz OMAP3630 CPU. However, there are problems with some of these rumors. As you can tell from TI’s offerings, the 3630 is a 720MHz model while the 3640 is a 1GHz model. Some of the people are saying the 1GHz CPU will be a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, even, but I suspect this is simply based on an assumption because that’s the only 1GHz CPU they’re familiar with. All in all, I’m not sure what to believe here. If it truly is a 1GHz OMAP3 CPU (whether the 3630 at a faster clock speed or the 3640), I think it would be a welcomed improvement over the pseudo-standard Snapdragon.

Another comment to make about the CPU is that the common rumor used to be a 720MHz OMAP3630 until some advertisement information leaked (that, mind you, did NOT mention a thing about the Droid X’s processor speed, only the Droid 2 processor speed). I’m not really sure what the source is that the Droid X’s CPU will be a 1GHz processor but it seems to be what everybody is reporting now. I still am unsure about this. However, keep in mind that a 720MHz OMAP3630 is still comparable to a 1GHz Snapdragon for general use and better for 3D gaming.

Front-facing camera

So I’ve seen more than one report that this will have a front-facing camera. I have only seen this reported from sites that seem to have no real source and are probably just making this information up. As far as everything I’ve found that seems reliable, there will be NO front-facing camera on the Droid X. And yes, this is a shame.

Screen Size

I have seen reports of both a 4.3″ screen and a 4.4″ screen. The 4.3″ screen is what was reported by Engadget (who physically had the device) and is what Verizon shows on the official page. I don’t know what the source is of the 4.4″ screen rumor is but a LOT of reports suggesting it. They seemed to have died down lately, but I have still seen a couple reports even today that are still claiming it has a 4.4″ screen. At this point, I think it’s pretty much definitely a 4.3″ screen. But are all 4.3″ screens the same? I’m not so sure. This screen does appear to be longer in the photos displayed next to an HTC Evo 4G (photos reported by a LOT of places but appear to originate here). Considering that the resolution is slightly higher, this could mean that the display is a bit narrower than the Evo, so this could explain how it could appear larger but really be the same size, since the size is measured as a diagonal from corner to corner.

There you have it! I think that takes care of most of the misinformation that I’ve been seeing. Like many others, I can’t wait to get my hands on this device!

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