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DROID Pro About to be Announced? Is Like We Said, Not What You Were Expecting

You are now staring at what Verizon is claiming to be the new Droid Pro by Motorola.  And yep, it’s as we told you months ago, not what all of the ridiculous rumors were suggesting.  While we didn’t know it was going to be a Blackberry-styled device, we definitely knew it wasn’t going to be the beast of forum chatter.  While many were off calling the Droid 2 Global the “Droid Pro” we tried to make it as clear as possible that these were separate devices.

Here is what we know from VZW:

This candybar-style smartphone packs a touch screen and a full QWERTY keyboard on the front. The Droid Pro is the first Global Android device from Verizon Wireless, and it allows customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.

Stay tuned as we’re on the hunt for more info…

Update:  We’re expecting the “official” announcement from Verizon within the next hour or so.

Initial thoughts?

Via:  PhoneScoop, BGR

  • upinthesky11

    Wait. Did we just go back in time? I would like to see the DI upgraded to a larger screen faster OS ( super fast now ) and a forward facing camera. I know, I know. I pretty much described the evo. But I prefer Verizon's network.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/IOYAXDXUOW2GBWVLAKGMO2NXAA Nik

    Honestly, I'd buy it. Physical keyboard, simplified, much better than my Droid X which completley craps out on me. (on my second one as well).

  • Rousellbrandon

    Droid pro no Bing sounds good to me. I like it. It can look like a bb or pixi but it as 2.2.

    • Rain_king46

      you guys really need to get over the bing thing. who cares if they put bing search on the phones. you dont have to use it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

    please dont say this blackberry pearl is going to be a Droid! It'll ruin the name Droid. Like the Eris almost did.

  • sylent101

    I don't like it too much feels little 2009ish, blackberries are old news. What's the point of this when the droid 2 does the same things this can do and looks better in landscape.

  • steve

    Motorola really needs to stop blanketing the market with Droids and focus on top of the line phones. The form and function of this phone is probably fine. But why even bother releasing another phone without most of the following:

    *A super hi res screen with 400+ PPI
    *HDMI out
    *high quality main camera (megapixels and 720p are meaningless if you are just capturing fuzz)
    *forward facing camera
    *2Ghz
    *A lot of Ram

    We would probably all pay $299 for these specs

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      lol i like how you said “a lot of ram” and not a specific number

  • rjholla2003

    That keyboard…looks like delicious BlackBerry… *drool*. Of course, it has some notable differences that I will still miss from my old Curve, but it's pretty close. They should make the numbers into a number-pad and then I'd be 100% happy. Definitely would ditch my D1 for that if the rest of the specs are right.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      so you would leave awesome for crap? ookaaay…

      • Coach Bombay

        Cool argument, bro!

      • rjholla2003

        I said “IF the rest of the specs are right” for a reason. If it's a crap phone with a good keyboard, I'll stick with my good phone with an OK keyboard. Landscape keyboards are nice, but when it comes to a physical QWERTY, nothing beats a BlackBerry styled keyboard. It's simply a cut above the rest.

        But yes, if it has a nice processor, and some other cool tricks to it, I would strongly consider it. I only wish it was a slider a la BlackBerry Torch so it doesn't look funky when viewing videos.

  • Ls1tiger

    I was waiting for this announcement and it defiantly kills it for me. Now I can get the fascinate and not worry that I bought it for nothing.

  • ryanplusplus

    I don't understand, you act like you knew that the Droid Pro was going to be distinct from the Droid 2, but as recently as 9.30.10 you claimed that the Droid Pro was going to be the Droid 2 World Edition…

    http://www.droid-life.com/2010/09/30/new-verizon-roadmap-emerges-with-stringray-droid-2-global-and-lexikon-news/

    “While many were off calling the Droid 2 Global the “Droid Pro” we tried to make it as clear as possible that these were separate devices.”

    Ummm…

    • Lakerzz

      Did you not notice he mentioned “rumors of” and the the story was via Engadget?? Ummmmmm….

  • Gary

    sorry Motorola,but looking at the droid pro,it looks like your working backwards,the droid and the droid 2 was on the right track.,if you want something that looks like that.,buy a Blackberry.

  • Dskneon

    AndroidBerry. ( android meet blackberry ) bad idea

  • http://twitter.com/BrianBrick Brian Brick

    ew

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    does anyone else really want to see what these “more than 220 countries” that verizon supports are, especially considering that there are only 203 recognized sovereign states, about 10 of which are technically not even considered countries?

  • Wbdrummer

    Does anyone else think this thing is ugly as sin??? This makes my Droid X look like a Supermodel.

  • Thornfullessrose

    This is gonna suck sooo bad

  • Patwww

    WHAT???? Very sad day. My Incredible breaks, now the phone I was waiting to see looks like crap. Remove the “Droid” out of it's name lol.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Royer/100000358962998 Travis Royer

    My response, “Blah!”; but I could see how this could potentially further the popularity of the Android system by means of corporate business. There are a lot of companies that issue Black Berry's to employees to maximize work and communication; hence why BB has been so popular. By looks of this phone, I see a new corporate monster device.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Yes, exactly that. Everyone who is saying how ugly/crappy/awful/undeserving of the “Droid” label they think this phone is, is totally missing the point. This is aimed at a specific market share, and honestly, one company is likely to buy 100 of these and hand them out to employees. This phone will do just fine.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Yes, exactly that. Everyone who is saying how ugly/crappy/awful/undeserving of the “Droid” label they think this phone is, is totally missing the point. This is aimed at a specific market share, and honestly, one company is likely to buy 100 of these and hand them out to employees. This phone will do just fine.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Yes, exactly that. Everyone who is saying how ugly/crappy/awful/undeserving of the “Droid” label they think this phone is, is totally missing the point. This is aimed at a specific market share, and honestly, one company is likely to buy 100 of these and hand them out to employees. This phone will do just fine.

    • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

      Yes, exactly that. Everyone who is saying how ugly/crappy/awful/undeserving of the “Droid” label they think this phone is, is totally missing the point. This is aimed at a specific market share, and honestly, one company is likely to buy 100 of these and hand them out to employees. This phone will do just fine.

  • LD

    This probably isn't anything most readers of droid-life would be interested in, but it's a smart move by Motorola and Verizon. It's geared towards the working professional crowd who really enjoy their Black Berries. If it helps move more people over to Android then that's good news. I'll stay with my Droid X.

  • Eaturcrap

    Looks pretty cool, unique. Well, unique for Android. I like it though, kinda a blackberry/android mix.

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    looks gay. nuff said.

  • Maurice5977

    I am loving my Droid x no thank you it is awesome, the video is clear for a camera phone,I was shocked…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mitchell-Sonnentag/100001034076735 Mitchell Sonnentag

    Last time I checked there were only 196 countries.

    • Michael_NM

      Good point! I thought it was 193 with another 10 in dispute, but either way there's not 220… Of course some people think NM is a different country…

    • Anonymous

      I guess it depends if they count places like England and Scotland (and the other dozen “countries” in the UK) separately

    • Anonymous

      I guess it depends if they count places like England and Scotland (and the other dozen “countries” in the UK) separately

    • Anonymous

      I guess it depends if they count places like England and Scotland (and the other dozen “countries” in the UK) separately

  • andrewcweaver

    I call Pixi.

  • CrayZme

    Lets see you use that keyboard in landscape….

  • zach471

    Perfect business device.

  • cv

    still waiting on a beast phone. something like the droid x but smaller like someone mentioned.

  • Brochaos

    obviously they aren't going to market this as a multimedia phone…it's for business! hence the pro…not as in amazing specs pro, but like professional business user.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.j.vallejo Michael J Vallejo

    eww a crackberry

  • Travillion

    Though not for me (I'd like to ditch hardware keyboard and Blur altogether), I think this one will be a big hit.

  • guz1115

    trying to bring blackberry down!

  • http://www.facebook.com/waldragon Luke Sketch Brickley

    that thing is so ugly its OOOGLAY.

  • http://www.facebook.com/briandshipley Brian Shipley

    This phone is ugly. If I wanted a BlackBerry, I certainly would have got one. The keyboard is ugly and the screen looks to be really small. Who on earth would buy this device? What gave Motorola the thought that they would gain rather than lose money on this phone?

    Jump ship and don't put this in production.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dakota.langness Dakota Langness

    I WANT THIS !!

  • Guest123

    I don't get it. So is the Droid Pro a different phone from the Droid 2 Global Edition? I want a Droid 2 that I can use with a SIM card around the world. When does that come out?

    • Lakerzz

      *FACEPALM*

  • Ms Anna13

    I need one NOW!!!! This is the perfect transition for ex- blackberry addicts & new Droid fiends!!!

  • Xxcoexx

    That's no Droid I approve of. That's some kind of strange creature…

    …KILL IT! KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

    • Anonymous

      what about that long gone droid eris

      • Anonymous

        I have one with a bad esn sitting on my desk for a friend… And it’s the worst thing out there to recieve the title of droid… But i’m not sure this is any better…

  • Swould333

    crap!!!!!

  • Maizekid

    I'll stick with the Droid X thanks but no thanks. In other words LAME!

  • RacecarBMW

    how big is the screen?

    • Nghtmare

      I would like to know too. I have been using the X for a while now and have turned into a screen whore.

  • Galcazar92

    Im good with my Droid X thank you

    • http://www.facebook.com/Jsenat Jensen Senat

      i said the exact same thing in my head hahaah

    • kellex

      +1 to that.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ernest-Allen/1620406605 Ernest Allen

        it does look like a nice phone, but it looks very business type. not much of a “fun” looking phone, like the D1 with all the roms and theme stuff

        • http://www.facebook.com/djamATL Derrick James

          this is the gameplan to convert blackberry users. we need a android chat app like BBM! thats the only reason my brother wont get a droid

          • 123

            Google talk.

          • http://www.facebook.com/djamATL Derrick James

            its not the same as BBM; he doesnt want to use that.

          • Anonymous

            BBM is sweet, have you tried handcent?

          • http://www.facebook.com/Jsenat Jensen Senat

            Pmessenger, download it and use it…..

          • Anonymous

            I actually wrote on the Google feature request boards that Google Talk REALLY needs to catch up with BBM. Honestly, it needs to catch up to the GTalk BlackBerry client. Why can they send pictures to each other, but us Android users can’t? Issue! BBM is the one and only thing I miss from my old BlackBerry, other than the amazing keyboard. This device right here takes care of one issue.

          • Anonymous

            Hmmm. Handcent seems to do almost all the BBM can do… Someone needs to do a stare/compare on them but I dont have a BB anymore.

          • joben

            Except being free

  • Mr Decker704

    Yeah it looks sort of cool, but functionally, orientation rotating and on-screen keyboards are going to look silly if they're featured.

  • http://twitter.com/SyrusGuyrus Syrus Guyrus

    Not even a droid, in my opinion. Its more like the Charm 2. I thought this might actually be a Droid. Sorry to be so harsh, but this is absolutely disappointing in my opinion.. Especially with a name like the Droid PRO..

  • Djspikezz

    still 5mp camera, lame why not give it all the bells and whistles… soo sick of getting played around with, let US develope the DREAM PHONE. DX is the only phone out there that comes close. Now make a DX Phone thats smaller, Samsung Galaxy S size make an option with keyboard and one without. 8mp,HD 720p (or higher), 1.3+GHZ processor, dual camera front/back and run Android OS without any form of distorted Moto/HTC style interference.

    • http://www.facebook.com/djamATL Derrick James

      too bad those processors arent being distributed out yet. They come out Q3-Q4 so wait a couple months and you got it…but damn we are in october already…hmm…

      • http://twitter.com/SyrusGuyrus Syrus Guyrus

        Haha yeahh, a couple months is next year xDD Makes me wonder though, with all this “q4″ talk when in q4 they mean considering it IS q4..

        • Anonymous

          Q4 2011 ;-)

    • gordo

      Yeah that’s a dream phone…

      …for like 6 months, max.

    • Anonymous

      Smaller… SMALLER!!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU!?!?!?!?!

  • Rain_king46

    looks a little too much like a blackberry for me. What does this phone offer that moto is not already offering with the D2? Seems pointless to me.

    • Joe

      Verizon has no current Droid offering with global roaming. There is the supposed Droid 2 “World Edition,” but that’s not out yet either. Some people don’t care. Others, like me, still use a Blackberry on VZW because current Droids are only CDMA.

  • Michael_NM

    WTF?

    First an Android iPhon't (Fascinate) and now an Android BB…

    At least, and as always Droid-Life was right! :)

    • kellex

      We know a few things every once in a while. :)

      • Lakerzz

        More like A LOT in a while. :P

      • Anonymous

        You’re too humble Dr. Droid! If by once in a while, you mean always, then I agree. :)

        • Anonymous

          Isn’t that the truth… While android central gets some things in first, they always make it here within a few days… All the droid news I need is here!

  • Tbaybe

    Yuck…. no thanks

  • http://twitter.com/mfg68 Matt Galo

    Very nice! Looking forward to hearing more about it's specs.

  • http://twitter.com/a_googler Jason Ricciardi

    Sweet!

  • http://twitter.com/HighDef Ian

    Love the design! Who would have expected a Blackberry-style design from Motorola running Android on Verizon, with both CDMA and GSM? :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ernest-Allen/1620406605 Ernest Allen

    wow that looks nice!! FIRST. looks kinda like a blackberry