Motorola DROID 2

Today Verizon Wireless officially launched the Motorola DROID 2, which will go on pre-sale on August 11 (tomorrow) and be in stores on August 12.  It runs on the Android 2.2 smartphone OS and comes with the Adobe Flash 10.1 player built-in.

Motorola says it has listened to its customers and has made a number of changes to the DROID 2. The new DROID features a larger keyboard (with no d-pad), a faster processor (1GHz), and mobile 3G hotspot capability.  It has also added an on-screen, multi-touch keyboard for when the situation requires it.

Like the original DROID, the DROID 2 offers users a 3.7-inch touchscreen display and a 5 megapixel camera. The press release claims “DVD quality” video capture, so that’s a clear indication that there is no 720p HD support.  There is 8GB of built-in storage on the phone, and an 8GB microSD memory card is also included, for 16GB right out of the box with a maximum capacity of 40GB when used with a 32GB card.

Motorola DROID 2

The phone will be available for $199.99, after a $100 mail-in debit card rebate, when purchased with a 2 year contract.  Data plans start at $29.99 per month, and the 3G Mobile Hotspot service costs an additional $20 per month.

The limited edition Star Wars R2-D2 version will be available online only during the month of September and will feature Star Wars content and external hardware that is designed to look like that lovable droid from the movie.