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Motorola Confirms Droid, HTC Eris Slips Out

Gordon Kelly


Motorola Confirms Droid, HTC Eris Slips Out

Motorola has been drifting aimlessly for about as long as we can remember, but with the Dext it showed the grass roots of recovery and now the newly official 'Droid' could seal it...

The Android 2.0 (complete with Google Maps Navigation) based smartphone will christen the first in a whole range of 'Droid' handsets in what looks to be not only a smart marketing move, but also a hugely appealing line.

We've known the specs of the Droid from sometime, but as a recap highlights include HSDPA, WiFi, GPS, a 5MP camera and at just 115 x 60 x 13mm it is one of the slimmest full Qwerty keyboard sliders we've seen. On top of this you'll find a 3.7in WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 1400 mAh battery capable of 6.4 hours of talk time and up to 11 days on standby, plus a 16GB microSD card bundled for the expansion slot.

Tasty? Yes indeedy.

Also encouraging for the company is its return to the black in its latest financial results that see it turn a $397m loss this time last year into a $12m profit. Again mobile phone sales were shambolic dropping from 25.4m units sold to just 13.6m, but success in its networking and enterprise class divisions held the fort.

Updated: In related news the HTC 'Eris' has been leaked. Previously widely reported as an HTC made model for the Motorola Droid line, it will in fact be HTC only (we got to the bottom of this!). Specs include HSDPA, GPS, WiFi and a 5MP camera. The styling is also a beautiful evolution of the Hero and the touchscreen is capacitive and multi-touch enabled. US claims are that the Eris will be just $99 on contract, a definite 'from free' equivalent in the UK.


Motorola Droid

Droid Eris via Phonearena

Lon Bailey

October 29, 2009, 7:09 pm

what's with the 3 HTC handsets at the bottom? Aee they making Moto's handsets or something?

notbenjamin 1

October 29, 2009, 7:11 pm

Why is there a picture of a HTC handset at the bottom there?

I've always hated motorola but i am really looking forward to trying the Droid. I've had to abandon my LG renoir as its decided i have too much of a social life and has stopped letting me recieve texts! thinking this would be a much better replacement than my old K810i

Mini J

October 29, 2009, 7:29 pm

Motorola Eris?

Mini J

October 29, 2009, 7:41 pm

They all carry HTC logos because the Eris is an HTC phone. The 'Droid' brand applies to a range of phones on the Verizon network, nothing to with Motorola. At least that's what I've heard anyway :P


October 29, 2009, 8:11 pm

It's not the 'Motorola Droid' line, it's the Verizon Droid line. My guess would be that the Motorla Droid will be launched under a different name when it goes global (ie GSM version).

One fun fact, Verizon actually obtained (payed for) the rights to use the Droid name from Lucas Arts (Star Wars). Motorola is probably not even allowed to use the Droid name on any other handset but the Verizon branded Sholes/Tao.


October 29, 2009, 8:16 pm

Any news on a UK release date - another O2 exclusive?!


October 29, 2009, 8:36 pm

yep, updated all. Much appreciated


October 29, 2009, 8:57 pm

Very much like the Droid, looking forward to a UK release but please, god of mobile phones, keep O2 as far away from it as possible!


October 29, 2009, 9:11 pm

Is Google Navigation confirmed to be launching worldwide at the same time, or will it be US only to start with?

"one of the slimmest full Qwerty keyboard sliders we've seen." Indeed, just what I was about to say.

I'm not sure about the Eris being an evolution of the Hero, it looks more like someone's taken a rolling pin and reshaped a Touch slightly... http://pective.com/m/htc-touch...


October 29, 2009, 9:38 pm

Motorola are running things with this device! Hope they get back on the market, i always thought they were cool back in the day


October 29, 2009, 10:01 pm

I don't understand why the hell they made the keyboard like that. Most people nowadays are used to having the d-pad on the left of the device as in game controllers, and if they were to have made the d-pad on the left, then the keyboard would have been nicely centered on the device and thus avoided the "G1" style reaching over the device with the right hand... Also would have made it work a lot better for Android games if they had it that way round!


October 30, 2009, 2:43 am

I don't understand the D pad at all - what's the point with a capacitive screen that size. Get rid of the D pad then you can make the keyboard pretty useful for people with big hands.


October 30, 2009, 5:12 pm

Any more info on the Eris? It looks very interesting and much better than the Hero as far as aesthetics are concerned.

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