Moto Droid Pro gives us a glimpse of what'd happen if BlackBerry ran on Android

8 Oct

Ever wondered what would a BlackBerry smartphone look like if it ran Android? The folks at Motorola seem to have been wondering just that and have come up with the Droid Pro. In press shots that the company has sent out, the Droid Pro bears a close resemblance to the Palm Pixi with its 3.1-inch HVGA touchscreen and a QWERTY keypad in a candy bar form-factor. But what’s amusing us is how Moto is trying to pitch an Android smartphone to corporate customers. An excerpt from the press release:


Rest easy knowing DROID PRO is extra secure. With corporate-level security, it’s the first Android device with data encryption (available early 2011) and the ability to completely have your phone and SD card wiped if it’s ever lost or stolen. Remote password management allows you to change and check passwords on the road, so you can be confident in your security. With this elevated corporate-level security, you won’t have to worry about your information getting into the wrong hands.

Will someone at Moto please tell us what they mean by ‘corporate-level’ security. Probably they are being vague after what RIM is going through in several countries including India, which do not like its ‘super-secure’ data services.



Nevertheless, it would be interesting to see whether Android can take on BlackBerry. Verizon Wireless will launch the Droid Pro in this quarter in the US.



Specifications



Talk and Standby Time
CDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 430 mins / 320 hrs
WCDMA TT/SB Time (up to): 420 mins / 320 hrs
GSM TT/SB Time (up to): 470 mins / 300 hrs
WLAN TT/SB Time (up to): 580 mins / 135 hrs



Bands/Modes
CDMA 800/1900 EVDO-Rev.A, Dual-band Rx Diversity, GSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900/2100, HSDPA 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps (Category 9), EDGE Class 12, GPRS Class 12



Weight
134 grams



Dimensions
60(x) 119(y) 11.70(z)



Bluetooth
Bluetooth Class 1, Version 2.1+EDR



OS
Android 2.2



Battery
1420 mAH Standard & 1860 mAH Extended



Connectivity
3.5mm, USB 2.0 HS, Corporate Sync, DLNA, GOTA, NGP, PC Sync



Display
3.1” 320×480 HVGA



Messaging/Web/Apps
EMS, MMS, SMS, Email (EAS, Google Mail, POP3/IMAP embedded, Push Email, Yahoo Mail) IM (Java, Embedded), WebKit browser w/ Flash



Audio
AAC, AAC+, AMR NB, AMR WB, MIDI, MP3, WMA v10, WMA v9



Video
Capture/Playback/Streaming, H.263, H.264, MPEG4, D1(480p)



Camera
5 MP, Auto Focus, Digital zoom, Dual-LED flash



Memory
2GB internal memory, 2GB pre loaded – expandable to 32GB with SD
512MB RAM x 2GB ROM, 1.5GB user available memory



Form Factor
Touch QWERTY bar



Antenna
Internal, dual diversity antennae



Location Services
aGPS (assisted), Standalone GPS, Google Maps™, Google Maps™ Navigation, Google Maps™ with Google Latitude, Street View, and eCompass

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