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It’s Official, Verizon Launches DROID Pro by Motorola for Business Users

An hour or so ago, news started leaking out from Verizon that a Blackberry-styled Android option would be announced shortly.  That device has now been made official at CTIA.  Say hello to the Droid Pro everyone, the candy bar-styled, global roaming Droid family member which should help propel Android into an even bigger market, that of the world business traveler.

A few specs that stand out are:

  • 3.1″ display
  • Android 2.2
  • Flash 10.1
  • 1.0GHz processor
  • 5MP camera
  • Portrait keyboard
  • Global-ready and can work in 220 countries
  • 2GB built in memory, 2GB pre-installed SD card

No pricing has been announced, but should be available within the next few weeks.

Full press release and gallery after the break.  

DROID Does Business: DROID PRO By Motorola Designed For Work And Play On The Nation’s Largest And Most Reliable 3G Network
Global Android Smartphone from Verizon Wireless Combines Rich Business and Personal Mobile Experiences

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — From CTIA Enterprise & Applications™ 2010, Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation’s largest and most reliable wireless 3G network, and Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today unveiled DROID PRO, a new, powerful, stronger and faster solution designed to meet both business and personal needs. The first Android™-based smartphone optimized for business use, DROID PRO is also a global-ready Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless, allowing customers to enjoy wireless voice service in more than 220 countries and data coverage in more than 200 countries.

DROID PRO meets employers’ and employees’ needs by addressing the productivity tools businesses require, including corporate connectivity and security; full push corporate e-mail with corporate level security; unified calendar with additional work features; pre-loaded Quickoffice Mobile Suite, a powerful 1 GHz processor; 4 GB of memory (2 GB internal; and 2 GB removable) and a QWERTY keyboard designed for speed and convenience.

“DROID PRO combines the feature-packed, high-level user experience that customers look for in an Android smartphone plus the security that enterprises require, all with the reliability of Verizon Wireless’ 3G network,” said Mike Lanman, president – Enterprise and Government Markets for Verizon Wireless. “DROID PRO builds on our commitment to deliver the best Android experience to the marketplace as well as to our enterprise customers.”

“The DROID PRO is an advanced business-ready solution that provides users with the full smartphone experience, redefined by delivering the power of a DROID,” said Sanjay Jha, chief executive officer of Motorola Mobility. “The DROID PRO consolidates users’ work and personal needs. This is just another reason the DROID PRO is setting a new standard for enterprise, allowing users to enjoy all the benefits of a smartphone with full push delivery of corporate e-mail and corporate level security.”

Key features and specifications:

  • Support for both Exchange e-mail and Gmail™ for business
  • Corporate directory look-up, unified calendar for Enterprise and sync with Google Calendar™
  • PC-like browsing with Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 on a full, multi-touch, 3.1-inch brilliant display built on Android 2.2
  • View, edit and share documents, including Microsoft Excel® spreadsheets, PowerPoint® presentations and Word® documents
  • Built-in security features, including AuthenTec IPSec multi-headed VPN integration, remote wipe of device and SD card, and complex password support. Device and SD card encryption will be available in early 2011
  • 3G Mobile HotSpot capabilities – Allows customers to connect up to five other Wi-Fi®-enabled devices and laptops
  • Live widgets that stream e-mail messages to the home screen; customers can filter the widgets to separate work and home e-mail
  • 5-megapixel camera with auto focus and dual LED flash as well as DVD-quality video
  • 3G diversity antennae provides customers with enhanced data speeds and range
  • Wi-Fi®-enabled DNLA® connectivity
  • Android Market™ – Provides customers with access to more than 80,000 applications
  • My Verizon and Backup Assistant(SM) support – Allows customers to manage their wireless accounts or their contacts from their phones

Pricing and availability:

  • DROID PRO will be available at www.verizonwireless.com and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores in the coming weeks. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
  • For more information about Verizon Wireless products and services, visit a Verizon Wireless Communications Store, call 1-800-2 JOIN IN or go to www.verizonwireless.com.

About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and 3G data network, serving more than 92 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 79,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Motorola
Motorola is known around the world for innovation in communications and is focused on advancing the way the world connects. From broadband communications infrastructure, enterprise mobility and public safety solutions to high-definition video and mobile devices, Motorola is leading the next wave of innovations that enable people, enterprises and governments to be more connected and more mobile. Motorola (NYSE: MOT) had sales of US $22 billion in 2009. For more information, please visit www.motorola.com.

MOTOROLA, the Stylized M Logo and MOTOBLUR are trademarks or registered trademarks of Motorola Trademark Holdings, LLC. Used under license. The Bluetooth trademarks are owned by their proprietor and used under license. All other product and service names are the property of their respective owners. © 2010 Motorola Mobility, Inc. All rights reserved.

Android, Gmail, Google Calendar, and Android Market are trademarks of Google Inc.

Thoughts everyone?

  • Joster2609

    I think I will stick with my droid x, not to impressing, but I don't need global capability

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1091806224 Zack Manville

    this day and age, a business phone should have a front facing camera. why did they leave this out?

  • jparness

    If this had been available when I was giving up my Blackberry Curve 8330, I would have picked it over the Droid 1 in a heartbeat because I was looking for something for both business and personal use. I think this device form factor is great and has much more widespread appeal than a landscape slider. I think this will be a huge hit for Motorola and Verizon. If it's hackable, this is my next phone!

  • Robert

    I haven't read all 60 comments but, if this is droid pro/global what was that white one we had leaked. Just another droid 2? Makes me wonder.

  • Xtzee

    :O So is the slider version still coming out this End of October or November?

    • jparness

      I hope not. Between the Droid 2 and the HTC Merge (which is a world phone), there doesn't seem to be any room in Verizon's lineup for that phone. It would probably sell poorly in comparison to the others.

      • Xtzee

        It's more because I travel alot between Europe and The States and a phone like that would really be useful.

  • http://www.facebook.com/toaster7 Chris Toaster Driese

    i think this will appeal to the people who use blackberrys but are fed up with them being horrible. Good move motorola

  • BAoxymoron

    I like the looks of it I think it brings a more professional side to android… that said I'm keeping my D1(who wants to be professional anyways) :P

  • Jdstell

    This is not what I have in mind when I think “Droid Pro”

  • http://syntakk.blogspot.com syntakk

    I think it's the soft keys above the keyboard that make it look weird. I'm sure this will still be very compelling for a lot of people though.

  • mat123VA

    Is there a camera-free option?

  • awesome andrew

    yes… i can see it very clearly now. finally get why they are called androids…. like if they were humans looking androids they would look just like us(duh), possibly even better looking but inside they'd be perfect no defects. this is a blackberry looking android looks really pretty but inside its….perfect… haha im kinda buzzed you guys dont give my bad comments lol the motoblur makes me “sad face” omg this is soooo prety i know im getting tired of sliding my phone lol but i love buttons haha

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1143030578 Curtis Hoffman

    alright, Droid T2's gunna be my phone as long as it comes with stock android Gingerbread

  • upinthesky11

    Booooo!! I had five or six bb's and frankly I want my smart phone to entertain me. I have a business phone now give me more fun and features.

  • animal

    Lets face it people. Motorola is saving its new consumer phones to compete with the lineup of windows 7 phones. i'm sticking with my original droid till then.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jippsgk JP Rike

    I have missed my BlackBerry keyboard…

  • rjholla2003

    Now that the final specs have been released… it's ok. If the camera was better and the internal storage was bigger it would be closer to a “must-have”. The screen is a little disappointing at that size, but it is expected with the keyboard underneath. Gimmie this as a 4″ portrait slider with that keyboard, 8GB of internal storage, and a front-facing camera and I'd me 100% sold.

    Regardless, the Droid Pro looks to be quite the solid device and will definitely be a blessing to heavy texters/IMers/BBMers/e-mailers who have been spoiled by the BlackBerry keyboard.

    • Dr.L'ling

      4″ with a portrait slider would be a HUUGE phone.

      • rjholla2003

        True, but I like the size of the Epic. Make it 3.7 like the Droid then, lol.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jonmorales Jon Morales

        Sprint has one…it's one of the Samsung phones. I feel like I prefer typing in portrait mode. Problem with the original Droid is that the 3.7″ screen is widescreen so it's really narrow and not much room for typing as comfortably as I would like. I've gotten good at it but no way is it as good as a Blackberry keyboard which this Droid Pro seems to emulate.

        I'm all about this.

    • BlackHeart

      The camera being better means jack****. It's good enough at 5MP, Not to mention it said BUSINESS USERS, not teens and young adults. The screen is really at what it's supposed to. You're too busy trying to get it up to par with the other Droid phones you missed the entire point of the phone.. This phone by far has the other BB lines beat, period.

      • rjholla2003

        Please read my comment before critizing it.

        “Regardless, the Droid Pro looks to be quite the solid device and will definitely be a blessing to heavy texters/IMers/BBMers/e-mailers who have been spoiled by the BlackBerry keyboard.”

        Clearly I recognize what this device's goal is, and I am a fan of it. If something were to happen to my D1, I would have no problem if this was somehow a replacement…especially with that keyboard. I very much miss my old BlackBerrys' keyboard a lot.

        HOWEVER, that does not mean that it is something that is such a step up from my Droid that it is a must-have and would make me ditch it. I was merely fantasizing about a similar device that would make me do so.

  • TheDrizzle

    Any word on if Verizon is going to Bing it out? I see Google Maps on there so I guess that means they aren't going to?

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

      Motorola doesn't let VZW put Bing on their phones. They don't let'em ruin their Droids unlike other manufactures.

  • Buckgrad

    2 gig built in and a 2 gig memory card?? You gotta be kidding…4 TOTAL???

    • Anonymous

      Cloud storage? Why do you need an HD when you can save everything to Google’s servers?

  • Maansova

    OOh no way………. oooooooopss my butt just call you lmao!

  • Chris Nimon

    Uhh, NO THANKS. But, I guess this is aimed at the Crackberry crowd.

  • http://twitter.com/Carlosrc007 Carlos Castellanos

    but they said it was gonna be a 1.3 GHz CPU?

  • snowblind64

    Looks like the final nail in RIM's coffin to me. Good to see Android finally has a solid Blackberry alternative.

    So what happened to that Droid 2 WE? I'm guessing it was a fake.

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    we all knew this was coming. android cannot break into the business market without a device like this. i say “good job motorola”… now they just need to make the other phone that we have all been waiting for.

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

    if anything the best business droid is the Droid 2! just look at how it blends in with the business environment in the droid 2 commercial! more solidly built with a way better keyboard than this. droid 2 has better specs even though the majority are similar. the only thing is the droid 2 isn't global. but if i was a business dude, i would go with the droid 2. its just better. this shouldn't even be branded with the droid name. it definitely doesn't deserve it!

    • MindofStorms

      If you actually sit there and think about it, it’s aimed at the BLACKBERRY community. Folks and their one-tracked minds.

  • http://twitter.com/RunawayCoder Brendan Tobolaski

    I have a feeling that this is going to appeal to alot more people than just business travelers. I know many people that have blackberrys and wouldnt think of switching to anything that doesn't have a similar keyboard. On top of that it has some pretty decent specs, only bad thing that can really be said about it is that it runs blur but that isn't that much of a problem if you switch out the launcher for ADW or LauncherPro.

  • http://twitter.com/zaiger Brian

    I'd hit it.

  • Knitelyf

    Not a DROID, an androberry!

  • 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?

    • Ben

      246 by ISO3166, but like you said, something like 50 of those are non-independent terretories from the list published by the UN. Even so, I seriously doubt that you are going to see stellar data coverage in Sub-Saharan Africa… perhaps those numbers were a typo.

      • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

        Well, the UN I think officially recognizes 193. after that, you have about 10 or so “nations” that recognize themselves, and no one bothers them too much about it because they are pretty insignificant (except Somaliland… do you know what’s up with that, it’s a giant chunk in west Africa, and no “official” nation has any claim over it?). Then you have maybe 40 or so micronations, which are technically independent, but 3 of them do not have any territory at all (i love those), and one is actually a 600 square feet floating barge off the coast of England. Is Verizon counting those? There actually quite a few political ramifications if Verizon decides to recognize those places as “countries”.

  • Michael_NM

    Thank God this isn't the 2GHz beast Moto promised. I guess this phone is like methadone for Crackberry addicts, but it's not appealing to me.

    Note to Moto: Differentiation is what made Droid successful, duplication makes you look cheesy.

    • Greg-D

      The G1 and the Droid 1 made android successful. So…are you saying those were the first touchscreen horizontal sliders? And I call BS on Motorola not being innovative. Look at the phones that they have brought to market. Backflip, Flipout, etc… They are trying to innovate. Nothing worng with using a successful format to give Android users even more choice.

    • Greg-D

      The G1 and the Droid 1 made android successful. So…are you saying those were the first touchscreen horizontal sliders? And I call BS on Motorola not being innovative. Look at the phones that they have brought to market. Backflip, Flipout, etc… They are trying to innovate. Nothing worng with using a successful format to give Android users even more choice.

    • Greg-D

      The G1 and the Droid 1 made android successful. So…are you saying those were the first touchscreen horizontal sliders? And I call BS on Motorola not being innovative. Look at the phones that they have brought to market. Backflip, Flipout, etc… They are trying to innovate. Nothing worng with using a successful format to give Android users even more choice.

    • Greg-D

      The G1 and the Droid 1 made android successful. So…are you saying those were the first touchscreen horizontal sliders? And I call BS on Motorola not being innovative. Look at the phones that they have brought to market. Backflip, Flipout, etc… They are trying to innovate. Nothing worng with using a successful format to give Android users even more choice.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkGeeks Hiral Patel

    I bet battery life will be real good and be comparable to BB. So many want the physical keyboard vs. on-screen. I can type just as fast on on-screen as a physical at least I think I do. Need some sort of benchmark tool for this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThinkGeeks Hiral Patel

      Design wise looks sweet. I like the raised back like the Droid X which helps sit the phone nicely while on long conversations.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmarchena Daniel Marchena

    On motorolas site it shows it as having 8GB memory internal with 8GB pre-installed (SD?)

  • PCW

    Anybody want a two-month-old Droid X? Can I download an app to convert my Droid X into one of these?

    Let's nope it doesn't have the glitches, feature omissions and other butchery (or botchery, if you prefer) that Motorola and Verizon introduced to an otherwise great Android phone in the DX.

  • Kjh515

    this phone is exactly what they should have made, although possibly a touchpad type thing, ala g2 somewhere. i left BB for OG droid but always want bb keyboard. really the perfect form factor for me would be is 9650 w android OS. this looks like the closest thing to my dreams.
    :)

  • snafu009

    I love me some Motorola, but that keyboard is nearly a direct transplant from a BB Bold.

  • Kswallace87

    I like it but its not for me…. ill keep my OG droid but i know the wife is gunna what this!

  • Stephen D

    THIS is the 2ghz amazing Droid Pro? Disappointed in Motorola. So glad I got the Fascinate instead of waiting and being disappointed by this…

    • RacecarBMW

      READ ITS 1 GHZ this is not that device that you thought it was

      wow your so illiterate

      • Mentalspaz

        anyone else see the irony?

        • Muddy B00ts

          haha yeah I posted before I saw you wrote that. hilarious

        • Muddy B00ts

          haha yeah I posted before I saw you wrote that. hilarious

        • Muddy B00ts

          haha yeah I posted before I saw you wrote that. hilarious

      • Mentalspaz

        anyone else see the irony?

      • Mentalspaz

        anyone else see the irony?

      • Mentalspaz

        anyone else see the irony?

      • Muddy B00ts

        that’s super ironic coming from the guy who writes “your” when it should be “you’re”. If YOU’RE going to go on a self-righteous rant about intelligence, at least do it right, dummy.

      • Muddy B00ts

        that’s super ironic coming from the guy who writes “your” when it should be “you’re”. If YOU’RE going to go on a self-righteous rant about intelligence, at least do it right, dummy.

      • Muddy B00ts

        that’s super ironic coming from the guy who writes “your” when it should be “you’re”. If YOU’RE going to go on a self-righteous rant about intelligence, at least do it right, dummy.

      • Muddy B00ts

        that’s super ironic coming from the guy who writes “your” when it should be “you’re”. If YOU’RE going to go on a self-righteous rant about intelligence, at least do it right, dummy.

      • Stephen D

        I know that…. that was my point. It is NOT 2ghz like they said. And I'm the illiterate one…

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

    that is one dead sexy phone

  • Jeremy

    Damn Motorola are really pushing for a BB killer here

  • KillaPenguin

    I am not sure if this is to my liking, but it may be to a business users. What I HATE is people bashing it because it doesn't appeal to them!

    This phone is exactly why I LOVE the Android Community. The Android world is giving real options to people who DO like the Blackberry form factor, the i*hone form factor or any other look, feel, size, weight and price of phone.

    We live in an awesome country, and that awesomeness is largely based on our right to make choices and have our own tastes. There is very little going on in the world that epitomizes that right more than Android and it's various handsets.

    God bless America!

    • http://dr.zombine.com Dr. Zombine

      Just because I can't press like twice.

      +1

    • Michael_NM

      KillaP, your voice of reason is quite compelling, and I agree with you almost 100%… but I think Moto would be better off pursuing the differentiation strategy that's lead to their success so far. I hope you don't hate me. :)

      +10 for the “God bless America and go Android!”

    • jason6g

      on a daily basis i meet someone who wishes for a phone like this to be made. they enjoy the blackberry’s layout, they enjoy the perks of android. i believe this makes that decision that much easier!

      now if we could only get people to realize bbm is NOT crack and that text messinging is a useful form of communication lol

    • jason6g

      on a daily basis i meet someone who wishes for a phone like this to be made. they enjoy the blackberry’s layout, they enjoy the perks of android. i believe this makes that decision that much easier!

      now if we could only get people to realize bbm is NOT crack and that text messinging is a useful form of communication lol

    • jason6g

      on a daily basis i meet someone who wishes for a phone like this to be made. they enjoy the blackberry’s layout, they enjoy the perks of android. i believe this makes that decision that much easier!

      now if we could only get people to realize bbm is NOT crack and that text messinging is a useful form of communication lol

    • jason6g

      on a daily basis i meet someone who wishes for a phone like this to be made. they enjoy the blackberry’s layout, they enjoy the perks of android. i believe this makes that decision that much easier!

      now if we could only get people to realize bbm is NOT crack and that text messinging is a useful form of communication lol

    • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

      the die hards are just wanting a dual core 20 mp camera and front facing camera on a 20″ screen running honeycomb. i know i am.
      :) but ur right,choices are wonderful.

      • Chen7

        How many Ferrari owners out there? You have to sell volumes like Camry and Accord to make money, and they are right in the mid-range.

    • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

      the die hards are just wanting a dual core 20 mp camera and front facing camera on a 20″ screen running honeycomb. i know i am.
      :) but ur right,choices are wonderful.

    • http://twitter.com/TonyG916 Tony Garza

      the die hards are just wanting a dual core 20 mp camera and front facing camera on a 20″ screen running honeycomb. i know i am.
      :) but ur right,choices are wonderful.

  • versusxiii

    My god its so sexy…

    This is the first time I feel like my mind has cheated on my Droid 1.

    • http://www.facebook.com/joelseph98 Joel Seph

      lol well said! Very hot phone…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joelseph98 Joel Seph

      lol well said! Very hot phone…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joelseph98 Joel Seph

      lol well said! Very hot phone…

    • http://www.facebook.com/joelseph98 Joel Seph

      lol well said! Very hot phone…

  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.schroeder Levi Schroeder

    Wow, we were way off..

  • possomcrast1

    lol first non leaked android phone so far !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      lol I guess no one was expecting it

      well except for kellex he knew all along

    • Anonymous

      lol I guess no one was expecting it

      well except for kellex he knew all along

    • Anonymous

      lol I guess no one was expecting it

      well except for kellex he knew all along

    • Anonymous

      lol I guess no one was expecting it

      well except for kellex he knew all along

  • http://twitter.com/ElijahIsMe Elijah Ketchum

    can you say hybrid?

  • http://www.colinzerk.com Colin L. Zerk

    boo to blur.

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonmorales Jon Morales

      I wonder if this is the shitty blur of the past or the blur that’s on Droid X that’s no so horrible (only because you can easily get rid of it all with Launcher Pro).

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonmorales Jon Morales

      I wonder if this is the shitty blur of the past or the blur that’s on Droid X that’s no so horrible (only because you can easily get rid of it all with Launcher Pro).

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        The simulated screen in the pic looks like it did on my X. (Haven’t seen it since the first day when I loaded Launcher Pro)

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        The simulated screen in the pic looks like it did on my X. (Haven’t seen it since the first day when I loaded Launcher Pro)

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        The simulated screen in the pic looks like it did on my X. (Haven’t seen it since the first day when I loaded Launcher Pro)

      • http://perpetualn00b.tumblr.com quiklives

        The simulated screen in the pic looks like it did on my X. (Haven’t seen it since the first day when I loaded Launcher Pro)

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonmorales Jon Morales

      I wonder if this is the shitty blur of the past or the blur that’s on Droid X that’s no so horrible (only because you can easily get rid of it all with Launcher Pro).

    • http://www.facebook.com/jonmorales Jon Morales

      I wonder if this is the shitty blur of the past or the blur that’s on Droid X that’s no so horrible (only because you can easily get rid of it all with Launcher Pro).

  • Paul

    First for second time

    • DROID Pro

      you go paul. I'm proud.