Verizon Android Phone To Get Dual 3G Technologies

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San 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 said.

 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 3.1-inch display.

 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 said. 

 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.

The 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.


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