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Motorola's Droid X Debuts

Motorola's Droid X, touted as a viable challenger to Apple's new iPhone, made its debut at a glitzy event in Manhattan today.

NEW YORK (

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Motorola's

(MOT)

Droid X,

touted as a viable challenger to

Apple's

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new iPhone, made its debut at a glitzy event in Manhattan today.

TheStreet

was on-hand at the launch and

live-blogged all the Motorola Droid X news

.

Sold by

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, but running

Google's

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Android OS, the Droid X is also up against HTC's recently-launched EVO 4G in the pantheon of the latest, greatest, smartphones.

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Scott Moritz, who got an early look at the new phone, said that it bears a striking similarity to

Sprint's

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HTC EVO

. The two phones are nearly identical in size and have similar curved lips on their backs.

The Droid X also features a super-sized 4.4-inch touch screen, an 8-megapixel camera and a 1-Ghz processor from

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. The phone can also serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot, connecting up to 5 devices including PCs, and comes with both SWYPE, a fast method for putting text on screen, and a multi-touch keyboard.

The Droid X comes with

Skype

preloaded and an NFL Red Zone app. According to Moritz, the device's so-called home screen features a band or dock of Android app icons you can swipe across to see what is running.

The new phone will be available July 15 for $200. Smartphone service data plan is $30 a month while the mobile hotspot cost is $20 a month.

Google executive Andy Rubin also used the Droid X launch event to announce that

Android 2.2, code-named "Froyo," is available today

, although the Droid X will ship with Android 2.1. The "Froyo" upgrade on Droid X will be available later in the summer.

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York

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