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Motorola accidentally reveals details, images of Droid smartphone

The company's Website briefly hosted the details, and the blogosphere goes wild

By John Cox on Fri, 10/23/09 - 11:15am.

[This is a slightly modified version of a news story appearing elsewhere on this Website]

The world got an apparently unplanned preview of the Android-based Droid phone when Motorola briefly posted online the official Web pages describing, and showing, the new 3G smartphone in depth.

The impression is that of an Android iPhone with a slider keyboard.

The pages were quickly yanked from the Web, but not before bloggers and newsites quickly captured them.  Slashgear even recorded their navigation through the phone's 3-D simulation and posted it online.

The new phone is scheduled to be formally announced for Verizon's network on October 28. There is still no word on pricing but many pundits expect it to be around $200, with a service contract, to be competitive with the iPhone from AT&T.

[Check out the "smartphone smackdown" between the Droid and iPhone 3GS]

The leaked information confirms the rumors swirling around the Droid (the name itself is licensed form George Lucas' Lucasfilms) since Verizon's controversial TV ads debuted this week, quietly but pointedly mocking a device dubbed the "iDon't" and promising that the Droid will do everything the iDon't doesn't.

Here's what the leak revealed:

- Almost identical in size to the iPhone: 2.4 x 4.6 x 0.5 inches; but quite a bit heavier at 6 oz. compared to 4.8 for iPhone

- A big 3.7-inch diagonal capacitive touch screen with haptic feedback, 854x480 pixel resolution; that compares to the iPhone's 3.5-inche multi-touch screen with 480x320 pixels

- Google Android 2.0, running on an unnamed 550-MHz processor (thought the smartphone site The Boy Genius Report, which claims to have handled a Droid prototype, says it's a TI OMAP3430); with a batch of email and PIM applications that sync with Google's online services; and a range of improvements and refinements over the original OS version

- Android's Webkit-based browser, speedier in Android 2.0, with support for HTML 5, which will allow the browser to store and run a range of code and user information; it will support Adobe Flash 10.1 when that code is released next year. [Learn how HTML 5 will impact mobile app development]

- Wireless connectivity via EV-DO Rev A 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g, and Bluetooth, along with GPS (there's also a micro USB port)

- 5-megapixel autofocus camera, with 4x digital zoom, and dual-LED flash
1.400mAh battery, which Motorola says will deliver up to 6.5 hours of talk time and 270 hours of standby. The iPhone 3GS promises up to 5 hours on 3G and 300 hours standby

- 16Gbyte microSD card bundled, with an option for 32Gbyte card when this capacity comes to market in 2010.

- "Advanced speech recognition" features promised by Verizon