Exclusive: Motorola DROID 2 for Verizon gets impressive Android 2.2 Froyo benchmark, details

Image of the Motorola Droid 2 for Verizon with keyboard open

The next hottest Android phone due to hit Verizon will be the keyboard-toting Motorola DROID 2, and thanks to an extra special tipster, we now have benchmark results and hands-on information on just how good this handset will be. According to our inside source, the DROID 2 is all that we expect and more. The benchmark pegs the Android 2.2 Froyo smartphone towards the top of the current heap of Android handsets, with a Quadrant benchmark score of 1299; a figure that improved greatly when the handset moved to its latest Froyo build. Memory management is also improved with Froyo and there is no perceptible lag, even with all the eye candy that accompanies the Android 2.2 update.

The DROID 2 sheds some of the hardware quirks that Motorola overlooked with their original DROID, with a rock solid slider that shows no wobble and a keyboard with convex keys, better spacing, and overall improved performance. As was shown in leaked photos, Motorola decided to swap the D-Pad for directional arrows; a feature our tipster regarded as a move sideways and not necessarily an improvement. It all depends upon your personal preference.

In addition to the benchmark busting performance of the handset, we were also able to gain the following information regarding the hardware and pre-installed software:

  • 512MB RAM (approx. 200MB available on boot)
  • OMAP 1GHz processor that scales between 300MHz and 1GHz
  • microSD card slot under the battery (not hot-swappable)
  • 5MP camera that is similar to the original DROID
  • 8GB internal storage
  • six sensors including a 3-axis accelerator, 3-axis magentic, temperature, proximity, orientation and light
  • 1300 mAh battery (same as the DROID and CLIQ) that provides a full day usage
  • extra strong vibrate
  • two-tone coloring with a smokey chrome on the front and darker coloring on the back
  • physically, the handset resembles its predecessor and is identical to the dummy phone images that have already hit the Internet
  • Swype pre-installed
  • Froyo – Android 2.2 with a modified Motorola MotoBLUR interface similar to the one that debuted on the X

Overall, the handset is shaping up to be an excellent successor to the original DROID and a worthy competitor to the Motorola DROID X, especially for those who prefer a hardware keyboard and a smaller form factor. Hopefully, that rumored August launch date will pan out and we can all stop reading about the DROID 2 and finally start using it.

  • N4D3R

    I wonder what the clock speed is on that OMAP CPU

    • jakejd

      It's in the post. 1GHz.

  • Fort

    Engadget kicked me out.

  • FiRa

    my 6 month old nexus one performs better !

    • networkgamer

      And my Oc'd Droid performs even better!

  • mozart

    Another article on updated Android OS, processors and another device same as all others. The world of Android & iPhone is so boring. Is this the mobility about ?

  • Paul

    The motoblur interface definitely slows down the phone a bit. The N1 is the fastest benchmarked phone due to the "clean" android interface, like the Droid. No senseui, no motoblur.

  • strongfist

    Alot of people think that the Droid 2 will make the original Droid obsolete. I can not really agree with that. I think that the Droid will have a life similar to the G1. The G1 carried on because regular non-tech people liked it. I think this will be true of the Droid especially if they cut the price.

    Plus if the Droid gets updated to 2.2 not even iOS 4 will have anything on it. This article ( http://getyourgadgetsgoing.com/2010/06/10/areas-t… ) explains it better then i can. Check it out.

  • Mbr01

    Modified galaxy S goes 1750 on this test, still with 2.1!
    Be ready for some 2000+ results when 2.2 is released.

  • Mark

    My first generation Droid is running a Froyo build (Pete Sholes Bugless Beast 0.4) and an overclocked kernel (Chevy No. 1 1.0 GHz ULV) and it gets a Quadrant benchmark of 1435. I would've thought this new generation Droid would do much better than what is shown here.

  • ckeegan

    i can't believe they didn't up the battery size just a little bit. not like it would have been that difficult. i'll still get one on launch day though.

  • ckeegan

    Please, the difference between the N1 and D2 wouldn't even be noticable. If anything, I think Galaxy S users should be slightly pissed.

    I must say that I am surprised that Moto didn't boost the battery a little bit. It wouldn't have been that hard to do. Oh well, I'll still get one on launch day.

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