Francisco – Motorola and Verizon Wireless will tap two separate market segments
with the joint introduction of the two Android-based phones, the
business-targeted Droid Pro and the entry-level Motorola Citrus.
The Droid Pro is also the first U.S.-market
Android phone announced to date to operate in 3G mode in CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A
markets as well as in foreign HSPA markets for global 3G data roaming. The
phone enable wireless voice calls in more than 220 countries, data service
in more than 200 countries, and 3G data service in 115 countries, the company
Both models will expand Verizon’s Android
collection when they become available sometime during the fourth quarter at
prices not announced, Verizon said here at the CTIA Enterprise &
Applications 2010 convention.
For business users, the Droid Pro is bar-style
phone with hard QWERTY keyboard, touchscreen, a 1GHz processor, latest Android
2.2 OS, Adobe Flash Player 10.1 for displaying web video, and multitouch
Specific corporate features include Exchange email
and Gmail for business, corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for
Enterprise and synchronization with Google Calendar, corporate-level security,
unified calendar, and preloaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite to view, edit and
share documents, including Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint
presentations and Word documents. Built-in security features include VPN
integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support.
Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011. Motorola
The Pro also features 3G Mobile HotSpot
capability to connect up to five Wi-Fi devices to the cellular network. Other
features include 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual-LED flash,
DVD-quality video capture and playback, DLNA-certified Wi-Fi, 2GB embedded
memory and included 2GB MicroSD card. CDMA talk and standby times are 430
minutes and 320 hours, respectively. W-CDMA talk and standby times are 420 minutes
and 320 hours.
Pro operates in Verizon’s 800/1900MHz Rev. A network and roams in
850/900/1800/1900 GSM/EDGE networks and in 3G W-CDMA HSPA networks in the
850/1900/2100MHz bands. The phone is capable of theoretical HSPA download
speeds of 10.2Mbps and upload speeds of 5.76Mbps.
The second Motorola phone, based on the
Android 2.1 OS, is an entry-level Android phone targeted more to consumer
users. The Citrus, which operates on Verizon’s slower 1x EV-DO Rev. 0 data
network, features 3-inch capacitive touchscreen with flick, swipe and
pinch-to-zoom navigation but no
hard keyboard. Other features include 528MHz processor, full HTML Web
browser and Backtrack touchpanel, already available on several Motorola phones.
The Backtrack touchpanel on the back of the phone lets users navigate websites,
home screens, e-mails, music and more without the user’s fingers obstructing
the display. Processor speed was unavailable.
Other Citrus features include Bing Search and
Bing Maps, Wi-Fi, seven customizable home-screen panels, 3-megapixel
fixed-focus camera with digital zoom, a100MB memory, included 2GB MicroSD card and
housing made from 80 percent post-consumer recycled paper.