NEW YORK (
touted as a viable challenger to
new iPhone, made its debut at a glitzy event in Manhattan today.
was on-hand at the launch and
live-blogged all the Motorola Droid X news
, but running
Android OS, the Droid X is also up against HTC's recently-launched EVO 4G in the pantheon of the latest, greatest, smartphones.
Motorola Droid X
Scott Moritz, who got an early look at the new phone, said that it bears a striking similarity to
. 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
. 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
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
, 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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