Droid X hopes to steal iPhone 4's thunder

With today’s most powerful enterprise services being delivered to mobile devices, it's no wonder why everyone is so obsessed with mobile. "It’s the new way of computing", said Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the recent Motorola Droid X press conference in New York City. "[A smartphone] is essentially a personal supercomputer that knows everything about you".

Droid X is an evolution of the original Droid, which launched just over 8 months ago. With its 4.3-inch 854 x 480, 400,000 pixel screen and full 720p HD video capture and playback via HDMI, "the Droid X screams video", says Verizon’s CMO John Stratton. Verizon has expanded its commitment to mobile video by partnering with Blockbuster, NFL Mobile, and Skype Mobile so Droid users will instantly be able to buy and rent films through Blockbuster and watch sports on the go. 

According to Motorola's CEO, Sanjay Jha, by 2011, 50 per cent of devices will be smartphones and about 80 per cent of all handset profitability will be in the smartphone segment. He believes the convergence of computing and media is driving this growth. "But people still use phones as phones", Jha joked, promising excellent quality on Verizon’s high performance diversity antennas and the world's largest 3G network. 

The Droid X includes a 1GHz processor, 8GB memory, and a 16GB card - expandable to 40GB. It features an 8-megapixel camera with 1/1000 second shutter speed, autofocus, touch focus, panoramic capture and a dual LED flash so the picture quality is phenomenal.

This Droid has 3 microphones, which can be adjusted to different settings for optimal video recording. For an interview, for example, the user can shut off 2 out of the 3 recording devices to minimise background noise. 

Droid X has a multitouch keyboard, pre-loaded with SWYPE, which is "a big change in the way touch keyboards work", according to Jha. And the handset doubles as a Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 5 devices including PCs for an additional $20 a month. 

As an added bonus for Mother Earth, Droid X is environmentally friendly including a PVC free handset, bromine free printed circuit boards, mercury free LCD display, arsenic-free glass and packaging made of 65 per cent recycled materials. 

Android co-founder and Google VP Andy Rubin announced that 160,000 Android devices are being sold per day. The Droid X begins shipping on 15 July in the States for $200 (after a $100 rebate), so expect another jump in Android’s numbers soon. Although, there's currently no details on when or, even, whether it will make it over the pond.