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4.4in, 8MP Motorola Droid X Android Smartphone Confirmed

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4.4in, 8MP Motorola Droid X Android Smartphone Confirmed

Disappointed the iPhone 4 didn't get a bigger screen despite that super high 'Retina Display', but convinced the 5in Dell Streak encroaches a little too far into tablet territory? Motorola may just have the answer.

Tech bloggers Engadget have pulled off a fine exclusive by getting their hands on the 'Droid X', Motorola's largest and most powerful Android smartphone to date. It packs a stunning 4.4in FWVGA (854 x 480 pixel) multi-touch display, an eight megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording, a 1GHz ARMv7 processor and 8GB of native storage.

We are lacking some vital info: for example, how long will the battery last with that mammoth screen, how heavy is it, is there a microSD slot and is the screen AMOLED? The Droid X will also ship with Android 2.1 not Froyo, but an upgrade should come over time. It also has a revamped (read: less in your face) version of MotoBlur.

Release dates and pricing remain unknown, but for a handset with so much polish I wouldn't expect to wait long.

In related news Sony Ericsson is also getting its Android love on having unveiled the 'Xperia X8' - a handset previously leaked around the Web as the 'Shakira'. There's nothing remarkable here with the X8 offering a 3in HVGA capacitive touchscreen (no AMOLED), 3.2MP camera without flash, a 600MHz CPU and - if that weren't snooze-worthy enough - Sony Ericsson has stuck with Android 1.6 *shuts hanging jaw*.

A Q3 release is in the pipeline, not that you should care and I think I speak for everyone when I say: Get it together Sony Ericsson!

Links:

Engadget

Sony Ericsson

Greg Shewan

June 16, 2010, 6:27 pm

Wow, that looks quite stunning! Although I think 4.4" is really pushing the limits of ergonomics... no matter what manufacturers think I still want a phone in my pocket, not a PMP.





This with a 4" screen would be tops, I think I will stick with upgrading to the XT720 when it becomes available. Vanilla android also sells it for me... when will Motorola scrap their plans for a proprietary skin/OS, it all spells doom!

Alvin

June 16, 2010, 6:46 pm

"Disappointed the iPhone 4 didn't get a bigger screen despite that super high 'Retina Display'"





Isn't this flawed? if the screen were larger and still had the same resolution, then it won't have as high a pixel density, therefore apple can't call it a retina display...

Peter 20

June 16, 2010, 7:17 pm

I think 3.5 to 3.7 is probably the ideal screen size for a "phone" anything bigger and it pretty much becomes a "stay at home device". It looks stunning and watching videos and photos on it must be a joy but to carry something like this around everywhere you go becomes a handful, literally.

Aero

June 16, 2010, 7:33 pm

Are we going to get a Dell Streak review soon?

HarryGlass

June 16, 2010, 8:05 pm

@Aero: Given the Steak adverts on the background I'd imagine that was imminent. I hope that doesn't bias the review. It looks great, but my usual complaint with all the current Android devices (esp this Sony & the Streak stuck at 1.6) remains, I ain't interested until a device is released that is built FOR Froyo at a minimum.





Screen size, if they can remove the side bezel i'd accept 4.4 inches in my pocket (so to speak) but with it, it's really pushing the level of comfort. I wish someone would hurry up and develop roll out or foldable screens.

Chris

June 16, 2010, 8:09 pm

@Alvin: In an ideal world, the iPhone would have a larger screen *as well as* the high pixel density of the Retina display.





Us consumers are a demanding bunch, you see ;)

Premfab

June 17, 2010, 3:35 am

Come on - this is ridiculous. Just look at the size of that thing!!





Assumming I managed to get that creature into my pocket, I'd be too embarrassed to take it out and answer a call on it!





Reminds me of the original Motorola 'brick' phones. Hey, maybe it's designed by the same team!!!

sonisoe

June 17, 2010, 5:19 am

as always from se, beautiful design for x8.... but its too small for a touchscreen...

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