A few minutes ago the release of the DROID ERIS for Verizon Wireless became official. I’m on a train heading to NYC right now to get some hands-on time with the device at a Verizon press event. I’ll post photos and maybe video later, but for now, this is what we know.
The ERIS appears to be very much like the HTC Hero for Sprint, but will be available for a relatively low up-front cost: $99.99 on contract. The device features the same Sense user interface that we find on the Hero, which is a pleasant surprise. The base specs seem to be roughly the same: 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 5.0 megapixel AF camera, trackball controller, built-in GPS and electronic compass. The browser features Flash support, but I don’t honestly know if it still supports the multi-touch zooming for sure, but I really have to imagine that it does since the Flash seems to imply it is HTC’s tweaked browser.
Update: I just picked up an HTC DROID ERIS at my meet-up with Verizon. The device is quite nice. It feels thinner than the Sprint HTC Hero, and certainly seems snappier on the homescreen, at least. I’m not real pleased with the lack of hardware buttons for home, menu, back, and search – but otherwise the design is really quite sweet. I’ve shot some rough video already that I might upload, but I plan on doing an unboxing and first look video when I get back to the office.
Larger image after the jump.