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NEW YORK, ( TheStreet) --Here come the super Droids. Motorola ( MOT) and Verizon ( VZ) plan to unveil what has been tentatively called the Droid X next week.
The big brass at the press event will include Google ( GOOG) Android leader Andy Rubin along with Adobe ( ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen and Motorola phone chief Sanjay Jha, according to the press invite. One phone expected to be introduced is an Android-powered Droid X, which has a 4.4-inch display screen, according to Engadget. The Droid X is the second oversized touchscreen Android to hit the market, following the HTC EVO at Sprint ( S). The larger screen designs offer a much better format for media consumption, but they also test the consumer's appetite for hefty devices and the tolerance for skimpy battery life. There have been no reports yet of how long the Droid X battery can go between chargings, but big screens and fast processors tend to drain juice quickly. A brief hands-on test by Engadget showed that the Droid X has a significantly different touchscreen keyboard compared with other Droid devices. The keyboard apparently is Swype capable, meaning you can drag your fingers to the keys instead of pecking. It is also reported to have multitouch typing, which allows users to hit multiple keys simultaneously -- similar to a physical keyboard. The Motorola phones will be the second round of Droids for the tech giant and are targeted at Apple's ( AAPL) ever popular iPhone. Motorola kicked off the Droid movement, and its own rebirth as a smartphone specialist last year with the first Droid, which became a solid hit for the company and its telco partner Verizon. Verizon has been bulking up on Droids to counter rival AT&T ( T) and the iPhone. With the help of HTC, Verizon added the Droid Incredible this spring, which has been a sellout success so far. --Written by Scott Moritz in New York.